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18 Luis Valbuena 3B
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 11/30/1985 | Birthplace: Sucre, Zulia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $930,000 | Owned/Started%: 40/26 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Projections
TimeframeABHRAVGRBIRSB
2015 Season (CBSSports.com)440.0014.00.24154.0059.001.00
 
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
505.220751
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
20150001300000
2014002112400200
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
More Injuries
 
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Oakland1041 .455 .800 .400
vs Pomeranz (Career)000000
vs LHP910 .200 .222 .111
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
12/22/2014Jameson Taillon, SP PIT
Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU
12/21/2014Wilmer Flores, SS NYM
Carl Crawford, LF LAD
A.J. Burnett, SP PIT
Marlon Byrd, LF CIN
Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU
12/20/2014Luis Valbuena, 3B HOU
Danny Santana, CF MIN
Austin Jackson, CF SEA
Jedd Gyorko, 2B SD
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppABRHHRRBIBBSB
4/11@TEX5020000
4/12@TEX6111100
4/13OAK4010000
4/14OAK3020010
4/15OAK3111100
4/17LAA4000000
4/19LAA3111221
4/20@SEA3222300
4/21@SEA4010010
4/22@SEA5000000
 
Rank Among Leaders
 
 
 
Latest News

Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits two home runs Monday

by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/15) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena connected on two home runs to help lead the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

"This last week he's been about as hot as anybody, and he's doing some damage with his swing," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "He's played a good third base, he's a good baseball player and I'm glad he's on our club. I love having him around."

Valbuena hit his fourth home run of the season when he connected on a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma during the first inning. During the eighth inning, he hit another solo shot off Danny Farquhar for his fifth homer of the season.

"I tried to backdoor the cutter there and left it over the middle, and he hit it over the fence," Farquhar said.

Valbuena is now batting .244 on the season.

3B Luis Valbuena delivers for Astros

by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/15) Luis Valbuena had a big day for the Astros in their 4-3 triumph over the Angels on Sunday, reaching base three times and connecting for his third home run of the season. 

Valbuena got the Astros on the board in the third inning when he tagged a pitch by Garrett Richards over the wall in left for a 353-foot homer to make it 2-0 Houston. Valbuena also walked twice and stole a base.

"It was good," Valbuena said of his homer. "It was a good pitch I was looking for, and I was being aggressive. He threw me a pitch where I wanted, and I hit it hard and the ball [went]."

Astros' Luis Valbuena homers in win vs. A's

by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/15) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 6-1 win over the A's Wednesday.

Valbuena led off the seventh inning with his second home run of the season, and he's put together a five-game hitting streak since opening the season 0 for 10 in his first three games. The infielder has hit .226/.273/.452 with two home runs and two RBI in 31 at-bats.

Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena cranks first home run Sunday

by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/15) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 6 at the plate in Houston's 6-4 win over the Rangers Sunday in 14 innings. Valbuena did his only damage in the second inning taking a 3-2 pitch from Colby Lewis to deep right field for a solo home run.

Despite the homer, Valbuena continues to struggle at the plate, hitting just .143 in 21 at-bats this season.

Astros tweak lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland

by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/15) Astros manager A.J. Hinch chose to roll with Jonathan Villar at third base and Robbie Grossman in left field Friday night against left-hander Derek Holland and the Rangers, per MLB.com. Luis Valbuena and Colby Rasmus received a day off against the southpaw.

Hinch also flip-flopped struggling DH Evan Gattis and Chris Carter in the batting order. Gattis has started his stint with the Astros 0 for 11 with eighth strikeouts. He will hit fifth, while Carter will move to the cleanup spot.

 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
4/24/15@ OAK10:05 pmScott Kazmir
4/25/15@ OAK4:05 pmKendall Graveman
4/26/15@ OAK4:05 pmDrew Pomeranz
4/27/15@ SD10:10 pmJames Shields
4/28/15@ SD10:10 pmTyson Ross
4/29/15@ SD3:40 pmAndrew Cashner
4/30/15SEA8:10 pmJames Paxton
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2008SEA18496120141100 .315 .347 .245
2009CLE10336852921031268323 .298 .416 .250
2010CLE912752253224286112 .273 .258 .193
2011CLE174349111910 .227 .279 .209
2012CHC902652658428365502 .310 .340 .219
2013CHC10833134721237536314 .331 .378 .218
2014CHC1494786811916516511312 .341 .435 .249
2015HOU13505115751010 .286 .540 .220
Total 589185921742650180218405713 .312 .378 .229
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2008SEA2B16156221410111.000
2008SEASS10211011.000
2009CLE2B7775396162228664 .985
2009CLE3B10101001.000
2009CLESS2822115377356 .957
2010CLE2B7166363127232459 .989
2010CLE3B961731220 .882
2010CLESS542981745 .862
2010CLEOF1000000 ---
2011CLE2B119431924071.000
2011CLESS1000000 ---
2011CLEOF21220001.000
2012CHC2B52624011.000
2012CHC3B827218945137718 .963
2013CHC2B65261313041.000
2013CHC3B948521356150713 .967
2013CHCOF1000000 ---
2014CHC2B2117652441041.000
2014CHC3B12410528978202917 .969
2015HOU3B131331823041.000
Total  5494971849606119944214 .976
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2008SEA501700100
2009CLE25315322008
2010CLE1207122315
2011CLE001200000
2012CHC2009020016
2013CHC15112521444
2014CHC33420811248
2015HOU102710002
Total 1118703106101033
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2003 R-Aguirre501672638114122202533 .323 .359 .228
2004 R-Aguirre6121644782462342715119 .444 .556 .361
2005AAA-Tacoma340000001200 .200 .000 .000
2005 A-Everett74287477510312513137146 .333 .443 .261
2006 A-Inl. Empire431631841101210142613 .315 .362 .252
2006 A-Wisconsin8932545931663384444217 .371 .400 .286
2007 AA-West Tenn1224445510623311444883106 .311 .378 .239
2008AAA-Tacoma582124164902202832104 .383 .373 .302
2008 AA-West Tenn702404373122940313784 .381 .483 .304
2009AAA-Columbus2278152542313161333 .436 .538 .321
2010AAA-Columbus Clippers2596233081620192120 .427 .604 .313
2011AAA-Columbus Clippers113420641272201775469663 .372 .476 .302
2012AAA-Iowa Cubs582113864171831285011 .378 .507 .303
2013R-AZL Cubs272520031110 .7501.000 .714
2013AFX-Kane County Cougars130100001--00 .500 .333 .333
Total 791287346182016829764013554829149 .358 .443 .285
 
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