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Christian Villanueva | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 6/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs third-base prospect Christian Villanueva is hitting .308/.400/.615 with a home run and a double through four games in Triple-A.
Villanueva is the forgotten third base prospect in the Cubs system, as he is blocked at the major league level by Mike Olt and Luis Valbuena, with Kris Bryant lurking in Double-A. However, Olt is hitting .077/.077/.308 and Valbuena is hitting .250/.471/.250, which could open the door for Villanueva. Originally signed by the Rangers out of Mexico in 2008, he was acquired as part of the Ryan Dempster trade in 2012. Villanueva is considered a substantially above-average defensive third baseman, which could hasten his ascent. Apr 8 - 10:02 AM

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Cubs purchased the contract of 3B Christian Villanueva from High-A Daytona.

Acquired from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal, Villanueva batted .279/.353/.427 with 14 homers and 14 steals at the High-A level this season. He's not close to the majors, but the Cubs didn't want to risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 08:08:00 PM

Cubs acquired 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks from the Rangers for RHP Ryan Dempster.

Baseball America rated Villanueva as the game's 100th best prospect prior to this season. The 21-year-old Guadalajara, Mexico native is a career .286/.350/.438 hitter over four seasons on the farm. He's currently at the High-A level and is a few years away from the bigs.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 04:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker