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24 Luis Valbuena 3B
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 11/30/1985 | Birthplace: Sucre, Zulia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $930,000 | Owned/Started%: 53/44 | Average Draft Position: 269.94
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Hitters to start in Week 24


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 8-14)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Scooter Gennett, Luis Valbuena, J.J. Hardy and Mookie Betts are just of the few of the ones I recommend in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

To find out why, be sure to check it out.


Luis Valbuena slugs 16th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers Monday.

Valbuena connected on a monster shot over the center field wall in the eighth inning to provide his team with a little breathing room. He has hit .246/.327/.447 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 403 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena swats 13th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Reds Wednesday.

Valbuena scored the first run of the game with his second-inning home run, which was immediately followed by another home run by outfielder Jorge Soler in his major-league debut. Valbuena has hit .241/.322/.428 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 381 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena goes deep for homer No. 12


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena displayed his power again Friday, as he homered for the second time in three games in a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

Valbuena went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, his only run scored or driven in during the game. He has 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 117 games, while hitting .245/.324/.429 overall on the season.


Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena 3 for 4 with a triple and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

Valbuena led off the second inning with a triple in his first at-bat, but the Cubs recorded back-to-back outs without pushing him across the plate before a two-run home run put the team on the board. Valbuena then delivered a home run of his own in the eighth inning. The third baseman owns a .242/.324/.423 line with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 359 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena returns from two-game absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets after missing two straight starts due to an illness. Valbuena is mired in a 3-for-39 slump in his last 14 games.

Illness keeps Luis Valbuena out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena is out of the lineup yet again Saturday against the Mets, as he continues to deal with an illness. His absence Saturday does not come as a surprise, but it is not clear if he will be well enough to play Sunday either.  

Luis Valbuena to miss next two days with flu


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena will miss the next two games due to the flu, according to MLB.com.

Valbuena was not in the team's starting lineup Friday, and is not expected to play Saturday. He's hitting .233/.320/.408 over 343 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena off Friday and Saturday amid slump


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena will not play Friday and Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, as manager Rich Renteria wants him to put a recent slump behind him. Valbuena has just two hits -- both singles -- over the team's last 10 games, with 10 strikeouts and just four walks in that span. 

Luis Valbuena slugs 10th home run Sunday vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with two walks and a solo home run in his team's 7-3 win over the Dodgers Sunday.

Valbuena put an exclamation point on the victory with his ninth-inning blast to center field. It was his third home run in his last five games and his fifth home run since the break. Valbuena has hit .251/.335/.444 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 311 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena absent from Saturday lineup against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) A matchup against tough Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena sitting Saturday night in favor of Chris Valaika.

Valbuena has hit well against lefties this season with 13 hits in 46 at-bats. He's hit surprisingly well overall with a .252/.333/.438 stat line and 40 runs scored in 306 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Valbuena drove in a run with an infield single in the sixth inning. He then tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run blast in the eighth, but the Rockies were able to pull out a win in extra innings. Valbuena has hit .252/.335/.433 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena hits sixth home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena hit his sixth home run Wednesday against the Padres.

With two men on, Valbuena worked a two-pitch at-bat against Ian Kennedy in the fourth inning. On the second pitch, Valbuena belted a 76 mph curve out to right for a three-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Luis Valbuena riding month-long hot streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena totaled two singles, two walks, two strikeouts and one run during Monday's 5-4 win in 13 innings against the Marlins. He was also caught stealing on his first stolen-base attempt this season.

Valbuena totaled his fifth multi-hit game in his last seven appearances and his sixth this month. He's been on an offensive surge since mid-May, raising his season average from .207 to .289.

He is batting .366 with a .438 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage and 1.019 OPS in his last 27 games. He has three home runs, 10 RBI, 11 doubles, 15 runs, 12 walks and 20 strikeouts in that span.


Luis Valbuena back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena, who missed Sunday's game with an abdominal injury, returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Mets. Valbuena is hitting .263 with three homers and 12 RBI in 133 at-bats.

Luis Valbuena expected to return Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Valbuena was not in the lineup Sunday because of an abdominal problem. He is hitting .263/.384/.436 in 133 at-bats.

Luis Valbuena out with abdominal problem


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena was not in Sunday's lineup due to an abdominal problem, reports MLB.com. The injury is not serious, and Valbena was sidelined as a precaution, the report said.

Luis Valbuena on productive roll for Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Cubs utility infielder Luis Valbuena has justified his playing time in recent weeks after an unimpressive start to the season.

Since his average bottomed out at .207 on May 11, he has 15 hits in 42 at-bats and has hit safely in all but two of his starts. He has recorded five doubles, two home runs and nine runs during that 12-game stretch to sweeten his stat line to a respectable .256/.377/.426. Most impressive is his 25 walks in 129 at-bats this year.


Luis Valbuena has two hits, walk in loss to Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena notched his third multi-hit game on Sunday night at home against the Cardinals.

Valbuena tripled in the seventh inning and scored on a wild pitch. He also doubled in a run in the ninth inning off closer Trevor Rosenthal. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI in a 5-4 defeat. He is hitting .227 with one home run and five RBI in 66 at-bats.


Manager intrigued by Luis Valbuena as leadoff hitter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Luis Valbuena appears destined for more opportunities to bat leadoff. The Cubs third baseman has impressed Rick Renteria with his propensity to produce from that spot in the lineup.

"His on-base percentage has been extremely high, especially against right-handed pitching," Renteria told MLB.com.

Indeed. Valbeuna owns a .420 OBP against righties. He is batting just .250, but has 12 walks in just 40 at-bats. The Cubs have generally used Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake in the leadoff position, but that could change.


Luis Valbuena totals second multi-hit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena totaled his second multi-hit game of the season Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, as he finished 2 for 4 with one double and one RBI. Valbuena also had one walk and scored three times.

Valbuena is batting .250 with three RBI in 17 games. He has no home runs, three doubles, six runs, 10 strikeouts and 12 walks. He has a .423 on-base percentage.


Cubs manager could play matchups at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Darwin Barney remains the team's starting second baseman, but his playing time might be reduced as Renteria looks for favorable matchups at times. Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio are both options to see playing time at second base.

"I think as we go into the season, we have certain guys who we’re going to put into a particular position and the second day you might see a different lineup," Renteria said, per The Chicago Tribune. "The reality is the matchups we have and are looking at throughout the course of the season will determine how we use all our guys.

"I’m fortunate enough to have the flexibility with guys and matchups and different scenarios that could occur during the course of a season. I have the ability to do that with them. I want to put them in the best position to have success."


Cubs, Luis Valbuena avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Cubs have avoided arbitration with third baseman Luis Valbuena, according to the New York Post.

Valbuena will earn $1.7 million next season. He's coming off a year in which he hit .218/.331/.378 in 331 at-bats. 


Luis Valbuena out Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is not in the team's starting lineup against the Pirates Tuesday.

Valbuena will be replaced by Donnie Murphy at third. Valbuena is hitting .218/.332/.379 in 330 at-bats. 


Luis Valbuena breaks skid with first-inning homer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena ended an 0-for-14 slump Thursday with a first-inning solo home run off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in his team's 5-1 win in Milwaukee.

Valbuena hadn't recorded a hit since going 2 for 4 with a home run on Sept. 9 against the Reds, though he did walk six times during the hitless stretch. He owns a .219/.333/.381 line with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 320 at-bats.