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Christian Villanueva | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs prospect third baseman Christian Villanueva went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk for Double-A Tennessee.
The 23-year old Villanueva was demoted to Double-A in order to clear third base for Kris Bryant, and he has done well in Double-A, hitting .292/.373/.477 with six doubles and two home runs in 17 games. It has to be hard to be demoted, but Villanueva is taking it well, and could carve out a role as a defense-first third baseman. Jul 15 - 9:22 AM

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Cubs third base prospect Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with a home run and two walks for Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Villanueva's big night raised his season line to .228/.290/.401, which, coupled with the recent hot streak of Javier Baez, the solid play of Arismendy Alcantara, and the hot hitting of Kris Bryant, could push Villanueva into a backup role. Villanueva is the strongest defender of the Cubs infield prospects, but he will need to hit to have a chance to start.
Jun 10 - 9:07 AM

Cubs third base prospect Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 on Saturday for Triple-A Iowa.

Villanueva was hitting a meek .188/.258/.325 through his first 23 games, but has hit .370/.393/.481 over his past seven games. Kris Bryant has been destroying the ball in Double-A, so Villanueva will need to keep hitting if he is to have a chance of being the Cubs third baseman of the future.
May 11 - 12:21 PM

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

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
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Zach Rosscup
9Blake Parker