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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%: 49/40 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Astros tweak lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) 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.


Luis Valbuena bats third in Astros debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch opted to bat veteran third baseman Luis Valbuena third in Monday's season opener against the Indians. Cleveland is starting reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.

Valbuena, who is in his first year with Houston, doesn't have much experience batting third. He has a .302 average, .434 on-base percentage, no home runs, two RBI, five doubles and 11 runs in 17 games batting third.

However, Valbuena hit pretty well in spring training, batting .380 (19 for 50) with a .620 slugging percentage, two home runs, six doubles and nine RBI in 17 games.


Luis Valbuena to open season as Astros' starting third baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) With the demotion of Matt Dominguez to the minors on Sunday, Luis Valbuena will officially open the season as the Astros' starting third baseman.

"One of our goals this offseason was to give ourselves more options," general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. "Our infield production last year, with the exception of (Jose) Altuve, was below what we really needed it to compete in this division.

"So we went out to address upgrades at shortstop (accomplished with the signing of Jed Lowrie) and options at third and first base, and I think we're seeing the results of that. Valbuena had an amazing spring so far and is basically going to be our third baseman."

Valbuena is batting .405 (17 for 42) with two home runs, five doubles, four runs, eight RBI, four walks and six strikeouts in 15 spring games.


Astros' Hinch on Luis Valbuena: He's going to play a lot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch stopped short Thursday of anointing Luis Valbuena as the team's starting third base, but he did indicate the veteran infielder will see plenty of playing time in 2015, per MLB.com.

"He's going to play a lot," Hinch said. "He puts up good at-bats, he hits homers, he draws walks, he's coming off a really good season. So I think he's going to play a lot with a lot of at-bats. Other guys can nudge into that as I've said, but I'm very pleased with Luis.

"No one's playing themselves sort of out of consideration. Valbuena has played terrific. I think he's put up steady at-bats and gotten a lot of regular playing time, so he's clearly on our team and is going to contribute a lot. So I think the balance of that is we talk about how we put together the rest of our roster. It's still undecided."


Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."


Luis Valbuena, Matt Dominguez to compete for Astros' starting 3B job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said infielder Luis Valbuena, who was acquired Monday in a trade with the Cubs, will compete with Matt Dominguez for the starting job at third base.

“If a player isn’t helping us win games … we have other options,” Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Valbuena will get a long hard look at third base.”

The 29-year-old Valbuena has spent the last three seasons with the Cubs. He hit .249 with a career-best 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 55 RBI in 149 games in 2014. He has a career .229 average over seven MLB seasons with the Mariners, Indians and Cubs.

The 25-year-old Dominguez hit .215 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in 157 games in 2014. He is a career .233 hitter over four MLB seasons.

“Valbuena played every day at third … we’ve got to sort it out," manager A.J. Hinch said. "The steadiness that he brings at third base is certainly an attribute we’re going to look at.”


Astros trade Dexter Fowler to Cubs for Dan Straily, Luis Valbuena


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Astros traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for starting pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena.

The 28-year-old Fowler spent one season with the Astros after being acquired in a December 2013 trade with the Rockies. He is in his final year of arbitration after making $7.35 million in 2014. Fowler has a career .271/366/.419/.786 slash line over seven MLB seasons. He has a career .136 average (3 for 22) in nine career games at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Straily is on the move again after Chicago acquired him in a July trade with Oakland. Straily is 13-12 with a 4.54 ERA in 48 MLB appearances (42 starts).

The 29-year-old Valbuena has spent the last three seasons with the Cubs. He hit .249 with a career-best 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 55 RBI in 149 games in 2014. He has a career .229 average over seven MLB seasons with the Mariners, Indians and Cubs.


Cubs close to acquiring Dexter Fowler from Astros


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Cubs are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros on Monday, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Cubs will send pitcher Dan Straily and third baseman Luis Valbuena to the Astros to complete the deal, reports Yahoo Sports.

Fowler is in his last year of arbitration eligibility and could receive more than $9 million. In 2014, Fowler hit .276 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 434 at-bats.


Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena avoids arbitration with $4.2 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $4.2 million contract for 2015 prior to Friday's deadline, reports ESPN. Valbuena, 29, hit .249 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 478 at-bats in 2014.

Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

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.