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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%: 69/54 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Sprained toe has Astros 3B Luis Valbuena out against Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is sidelined Monday in Cleveland. He is out of the lineup after starting 21 of the previous 23 games due to a sprained left big toe that has him day-to-day, per MLB.com.

Marwin Gonzalez is set to man the position instead.

Valbuena is not getting benched for recent struggles at the plate. He has hit safely in four of his last five games and boasts a career-high .438 slugging percentage.

He did go 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his only start against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who is on the mound Monday.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena dealing with bothersome toe


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena has been bothered by his left big toe recently, the Houston Chronicle is reporting.

Valbuena said that he is fine, but the toe has bothered him as of late. He is hitting .304 with 14 hits, three home runs and six RBI over his last 13 games.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena goes 2 for 4 on Monday vs. Royals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena had two more hits on Monday, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored in the 6-1 win over the Royals.

Despite his .199 season batting average, Valbuena has been rolling at the plate recently, batting .320 with two home runs over his last seven games. He has reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each of his last nine games.


Astros' Luis Valbuena collects three RBI in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3 for 5 at the plate with three RBI to help send the Astros to a 13-3 win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Valbuena hit his 18th home run of the season when he hit a solo shot off C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning. He would later hit his 19th home run off Cam Bedrosian in the fifth inning. He also scored three runs during the contest.

Prior to his three-hit game Tuesday, Valbuena was hitting .222 with five home runs and 11 RBI in his last 10 games.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits another home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena continued his recent power surge, as he launched his 17th home run of the season on Saturday. Valbuena pounded a Taijuan Walker pitch in the second inning over the wall for a solo home run to give his club an early 2-0 advantage.

It wouldn't be enough, however, as the Mariners topped the Astros 6-3 on Saturday. The power-hitting Valbuena has hit seven of his 17 home runs in 17 games this month. However, he is batting just .175 over that span.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena slugs two home runs on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena had quite an afternoon on Tuesday. Valbuena belted his 15th and 16th home runs of the season in the 8-5 victory over the Rockies.

Valbuena's first of the game was a solo shot in the second inning to pull the Astros to within a run. He didn't wait long to hit his second homer, as he went yard in the third inning with a three-run shot to put the Astros up 7-3.

The slugging third baseman still sports a lowly .188 batting average on the season, but he has six home runs in 13 games this month. 


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits 14th home run of season Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena belted his 14th home run of season during Sunday's 13-0 win over the Mariners.

Valbuena connected off Danny Farquhar in the fourth inning for a two-run shot. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and one walk.

Prior to his two-hit performance Sunday, Valbuena had been hitting .093 with three home runs and six RBI in his last 13 games.


Astros' Luis Valbuena hits three-run homer in blowout win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena keyed an eight-run first-inning rally with a three-run home run in Friday's win over Seattle. 

Valbuena snapped a six-game hitless streak, going 1 for 4. He hit his 13th home run and third in the month of June. Valbuena also reached 24 RBI on the season. 


Astros lineup against Sale sans Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) A matchup against premier White Sox left-hander Chris Sale have third baseman Luis Valbuena and left fielder Colby Rasmus out of the lineup for the Astros on Monday night.

Rasmus has been equally effective against righties and lefties this season. He is 9-for-37 against the latter.

The same can not be claimed about Valbuena, who has just seven hits in 57 at-bats against southpaws.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena goes deep in win over Orioles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena followed designated hitter Evan Gattis with back-to-back homers in the third inning of Tuesday's 6-4 win over Baltimore.

Valbuena launched a solo home run after Gattis belted a three-run shot off Baltimore starter Mike Wright in the third inning that gave Houston the lead for good. He finished 1 for 2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He is hitting .199 with 12 homers, 20 RBI and a .270 on-base percentage on the year.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits 11th home run of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena smacked his 11th home run of the season during Monday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.

Valbuena connected off Ubaldo Jimenez in the fifth inning for the solo shot. He finished the game 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI.

Prior to his two-hit performance Monday, Valbuena was hitting .069 with two RBI in his last seven games.


Astros bench struggling 3B Luis Valbuena for Saturday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Scuffling Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is set to sit Saturday against the visiting White Sox. Jonathan Villar will man the position instead.

Valbuena is hitless in five of his last six games with two hits in 24 at-bats. His .192 average is at its lowest point since April 13.


Luis Valbuena leads Astros with two hits, two RBI


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 2 for 4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over Baltimore. 

Valbuena drove in his first runs in seven games and hit his sixth double of the year. 

Valbuena now has 18 RBI this year. 


Astros' 3B Luis Valbuena has seven game hitting streak


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) After going 1 for 4 on Wednesday, Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena has exactly one hit in each of his last seven games, covering 25 at-bats in that span. Valbuena does have three home runs during the streak, however and has been a consistent presence in the Astros' lineup in 2015. 

Marlins pitcher Mat Latos expected to make start on Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is out of the starting lineup on Monday against the Athletics, the team announced.

Jonathan Villar will draw the start at third with Marwin Gonzalez starting at shortstop. Valbuena had started the last 13 games in a row for Houston. He is hitting .206 with 16 RBI in 136 at-bats this season.

The Astros are currently the favorites (-120) against Oakland.


Astros' Luis Valbuena cracks 10th home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 4 at the plate in Houston's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Valbuena did his damage in the first inning when he crushed a Mark Buehrle pitch out of the park for a solo home run, his 10th of the season.

Valbuena is now hitting .206 with 16 RBI in 136 at-bats this season.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena good early in games, struggling late


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena has proven thus far to be a much stronger hitter earlier in games than he is late, leading to a campaign in which he has seven home runs thus far, but is barely hitting over .200. 

In innings 1-3, Valbuena is hitting .268/.326/.585 with four home runs and seven RBI. However, once pitchers either figure out how to approach him or when relievers enter the game, Valbuena struggles. In innings 4-6, he's at .156/.229/.313 and during innings 7-9, Valbuena has a .189/.268/.378 slash line. 


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena unleashes seventh HR of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena was the lone bright spot in his team's 7-1 defeat to Texas on Tuesday.

Valbuena launched a solo home run in the opening frame off starter Wandy Rodriguez for Houston's only run of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, raising his batting average from .209 to .211 on the year. He has seven homers, 11 RBI and owns a .276 on-base percentage in 24 games.


Jonathan Villar replaces Luis Valbuena at third base for Astros


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Astros left third baseman Luis Valbuena out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game, snapping a string of six straight starts. 

Jonathan Villar will make his third start of the year at third base, batting ninth. 


Astros' Luis Valbuena cranks sixth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 5 at the plate in Houston's 11-4 win over the Mariners Saturday. 

Valbuena's lone bright spot came in the fourth inning when he ripped a Yoervis Medina pitch over the left center field wall for a solo shot, his sixth of the season. Valbuena is now hitting .218 with 10 RBI in 87 at-bats.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena records first four-run game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) At this rate, Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena will hit 45 home runs in 2015.

OK, that almost certainly won't happen, but Valbuena continued to provide his red-hot team impressive production Tuesday night against San Diego. He didn't homer, but he did double, single twice, walk and score four runs for the first time in his career.

Valbuena owns a .225/.291/.479 slash line with five home runs and nine RBI in 18 games.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits two home runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) 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
(4/19/2015) 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
(4/16/2015) 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
(4/12/2015) 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.