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Luis Valbuena

31-Year-Old Third Baseman – Los Angeles Angels

2017 Stats

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.193

HR

21

RBI

58

R

40

SB

0

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The Astros were Valbuena's fourth organization in his career, but he has stuck with each organization for at least two seasons and his age-30 campaign was the best of his career. Valbuena has long pos...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 160   DOB: 11/30/1985   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Luis Valbuena Contract Information:

Signed a two-year deal with the Angels in January of 2017 that includes an option for a third year.

September 14, 2017  –  Luis Valbuena News

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Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Wednesday's victory over the Astros.

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Luis Valbuena Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 21 AA WES 122 505 444 55 106 37 23 3 11 44 10 6 48 83 6 6 1 .239 .311 .378 .689
2008 22 AA WES 70 277 240 43 73 23 12 2 9 40 8 4 31 37 4 2 0 .304 .381 .483 .864
2008 22 AAA TAC 58 246 212 41 64 11 9 0 2 20 10 4 28 32 6 0 0 .302 .383 .373 .756
2008 22 MAJ SEA 18 54 49 6 12 5 5 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 0 0 1 .245 .315 .347 .662
2009 23 AAA COL 21 90 73 13 23 8 4 2 2 11 3 3 16 11 1 0 0 .315 .438 .507 .945
2009 23 MAJ CLE 103 398 368 52 92 38 25 3 10 31 2 3 26 83 2 2 0 .250 .298 .416 .714
2010 24 AAA COL 25 119 96 23 30 15 8 1 6 20 2 0 19 21 2 1 1 .313 .427 .604 1.031
2010 24 MAJ CLE 91 310 275 22 53 14 12 0 2 24 1 2 28 61 2 2 3 .193 .273 .258 .531
2011 25 AAA COL 113 472 420 64 127 39 22 0 17 75 6 3 46 96 1 3 2 .302 .372 .476 .848
2011 25 MAJ CLE 17 44 43 4 9 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 9 0 0 0 .209 .227 .279 .506
2012 26 AAA IOW 58 246 211 38 64 26 17 1 8 31 1 1 28 50 0 6 1 .303 .378 .507 .885
2012 26 MAJ CHC 90 303 265 26 58 24 20 0 4 28 0 2 36 55 0 2 0 .219 .310 .340 .650
2013 27 R MES 2 8 7 2 5 2 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .714 .750 1.000 1.750
2013 27 A KAN 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .833
2013 27 MAJ CHC 108 391 331 34 72 28 15 1 12 37 1 4 53 63 1 2 4 .218 .331 .378 .709
2014 28 MAJ CHC 149 547 478 68 119 53 33 4 16 51 1 2 65 113 1 1 2 .249 .341 .435 .776
2015 29 MAJ HOU 132 493 434 62 97 43 18 0 25 56 1 0 50 106 0 3 6 .224 .310 .438 .748
2016 30 MAJ HOU 90 342 292 38 76 31 17 1 13 40 1 1 44 81 3 2 1 .260 .357 .459 .816
2017 31 A+ INL 6 24 23 5 8 3 3 0 0 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 .348 .375 .478 .853
2017 31 MAJ LAA 109 374 326 40 63 33 12 0 21 58 0 2 43 101 0 4 1 .193 .286 .423 .709
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3-Year Averages     123 460 401 56 97 41 22 1 18 49 1 1 53 100 1 2 3 .242 .333 .436 .770
Career  (View All)     907 3,256 2,861 352 651 270 157 9 104 327 8 16 350 683 9 18 18 .228 .314 .398 .712

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Luis Valbuena Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 24 @Hou 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .286 .424 .710
Sep. 23 @Hou 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .193 .286 .423 .709
Sep. 22 @Hou 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .192 .286 .421 .707
Sep. 21 Cle 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .288 .425 .713
Sep. 20 Cle 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .195 .286 .428 .714
Sep. 19 Cle 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 .196 .287 .430 .717
Sep. 17 Tex 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .197 .287 .433 .720
Sep. 16 Tex 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .287 .436 .723
Sep. 15 Tex 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .201 .289 .440 .729
Sep. 14 Hou 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .289 .441 .730
Sep. 13 Hou 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .290 .434 .724
Sep. 12 Hou 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .195 .287 .419 .706
Sep. 10 @Sea 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .197 .290 .424 .714
Sep. 9 @Sea Did not play.
Sep. 8 @Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .196 .290 .416 .706
Sep. 6 @Oak 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .294 .422 .716
Sep. 5 @Oak 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .296 .425 .721
Sep. 4 @Oak 5 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .201 .293 .428 .721
Sep. 3 @Tex 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .201 .292 .421 .713
Sep. 2 @Tex 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .203 .294 .424 .718
Sep. 1 @Tex Did not play.
Aug. 30 Oak 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .202 .293 .423 .716
Aug. 29 Oak 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .203 .287 .424 .711
Aug. 28 Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .204 .284 .428 .712
Aug. 27 Hou 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .288 .434 .722
Aug. 26 Hou 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .207 .288 .425 .713
Aug. 25 Hou 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .206 .289 .428 .717
Aug. 24 Tex 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .206 .289 .431 .720
Aug. 23 Tex 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .206 .290 .433 .723
Aug. 22 Tex 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202 .287 .419 .706
Last 7 Games 18 1 2 2 0 0 2 4 8 0 1 0 0 1 .111 .273 .222 .495
Last 14 Games 39 5 7 3 0 3 7 4 14 0 1 0 1 1 .179 .250 .487 .737
Last 30 Games 85 13 15 4 0 6 18 15 30 0 1 0 1 3 .176 .297 .435 .732

Luis Valbuena: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 47 54 2
2016 8 1 81
2015 31 1 99 2
2014 21 124 2
2013 6 94 1 1 1
2012 5 82
2011 11 1 2 2 2
2010 71 9 5 1 1 3
2009 77 1 28

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Luis Valbuena Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017362150.111.222.449
2016756290.267.400.741
2015114145110.158.316.581

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20172843820530.204.451.747
20162173211311.258.479.841
20153204820451.247.481.808

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20171612110270.180.398.669
2016147239221.286.524.911
20152063015301.204.447.737

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20171591911310.208.453.757
2016145154180.234.393.718
20152283210260.241.430.758
Luis Valbuena vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Ricky Nolasco ANA 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
James Shields CHI-A 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400

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Luis Valbuena Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 21 AA WES 505 444 9.5% 16.4% 0.58 81% .267 .139
2008 22 AA WES 277 240 11.2% 13.4% 0.84 85% .327 .179
2008 22 AAA TAC 246 212 11.4% 13% 0.88 85% .348 .071
2008 22 MAJ SEA 54 49 7.4% 20.4% 0.36 78% .316 .102
2009 23 AAA COL 90 73 17.8% 12.2% 1.45 85% .350 .192
2009 23 MAJ CLE 398 368 6.5% 20.9% 0.31 77% .296 .166
2010 24 AAA COL 119 96 16% 17.6% 0.90 78% .343 .291
2010 24 MAJ CLE 310 275 9% 19.7% 0.46 78% .238 .065
2011 25 AAA COL 472 420 9.7% 20.3% 0.48 77% .355 .174
2011 25 MAJ CLE 44 43 2.3% 20.5% 0.11 79% .242 .070
2012 26 AAA IOW 246 211 11.4% 20.3% 0.56 76% .352 .204
2012 26 MAJ CHC 303 265 11.9% 18.2% 0.65 79% .260 .121
2013 27 R MES 8 7 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 86% .833 .286
2013 27 A KAN 4 3 25% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .000
2013 27 MAJ CHC 391 331 13.6% 16.1% 0.84 81% .233 .160
2014 28 MAJ CHC 547 478 11.9% 20.7% 0.58 76% .294 .186
2015 29 MAJ HOU 493 434 10.1% 21.5% 0.47 76% .235 .214
2016 30 MAJ HOU 342 292 12.9% 23.7% 0.54 72% .315 .199
2017 31 A+ INL 24 23 4.2% 16.7% 0.25 83% .421 .130
2017 31 MAJ LAA 374 326 11.5% 27% 0.43 69% .202 .230
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3-Year Averages     460 401 11.5% 21.7% 0.53 75% .277 .194
Career     3,256 2,861 10.7% 21% 0.51 76% .261 .170

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Luis Valbuena Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 1B 217 0 13 1 -1 1 119 1 102 1 0 0 1
2015 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 3B 835 -2 117 0 0 -2 429 -2 234 0 5 0 -5
2016 1B 60 2 5 2 0 2 31 2 16 1 0 2 0
2016 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 3B 683 -2 102 0 -1 -1 379 1 100 3 0 0 0
2017 1B 362.3 0 34 0 0 0 172 -1 13 0 2 -1 -1
2017 3B 369.3 -8 64 -8 0 -8 210 -4 44 -1 -1 -6 -1
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 1B 1 0 1 0 0 2
2015 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 3B -1 1 1 -2 0 -1
2016 1B 0 0 0 2 0 2
2016 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 3B -1 0 1 -1 0 -1
2017 1B 0 0 -1 0 0 -1
2017 3B 0 0 1 -6 0 -5

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2017 Stat Review for Luis Valbuena    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.43 BB/K
AVERAGE
11.5% BB Rate
GREAT
27.0% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.709 OPS
POOR
.286 OBP
TERRIBLE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.193 AVG
TERRIBLE
.202 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.423 SLG
WEAK
.230 ISO
GREAT

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Luis Valbuena: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Wednesday against Oakland, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

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Valbuena's lone hit in five plate appearances Monday left the yard for a three-run home run in an 11-9 victory over the Athletics.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers.

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Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer during Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Astros.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

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Valbuena went 2-for-4 with his 16th home run and four RBI in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

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Valbuena went 2-for-3 with two home runs, a walk and three RBI against the Orioles on Saturday.

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Valbuena was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run in a 3-2 win over the Nationals.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

The Astros rewarded Valbuena for his hot spring (.380 average), inserting him as their everyday third baseman to open 2015, but he quickly fell into a platoon at the position due to his struggles at the plate against lefties (.158 BAA). A flyball-heavy approach resulted in career-highs in home runs (25) and RBI (56), and while 44 percent of his hits went for extra bases, Valbuena finished with a poor .224 batting average. The 30-year-old would be best suited to remain in a platoon, but general manager Jeff Luhnow said in the offseason that Valbuena will play every day between first base and third in 2016.

2015

Valbuena was quietly one of the most valuable players on the Cubs in 2014, hitting 16 home runs and drawing 65 walks, all while playing two valuable infield positions. Traded to Houston in January, a similar role in 2015 seems likely, but the long-term future for Valbuena remains uncertain. He'll qualify at third base and second base in most leagues in 2015, but with uber-prospect Carlos Correa moving through the Astros' system, it would hardly be surprising to see Valbuena on the move again before Opening Day of 2016 as he seems to be a viable placeholder for rebuilding clubs.

2014

Valbuena backed into the starting job at third base to start last season when Ian Stewart wasn't ready. He he went on to hit 12 home runs in 331 at-bats, but Valbuena wasn't really the answer either. His 53:63 BB:K ratio gives him some value on the diamond, but there isn't a whole lot to recommend in the fantasy world. He will probably compete with Donnie Murphy and perhaps Mike Olt for a job at the hot corner in the spring, but it's only a matter of time before Christian Villanueva and/or Kris Bryant arrive, so Valbuena's days could be numbered.

2013

After a strong showing in 211 Triple-A at-bats, Valbuena saw semi-regular work as the Cubs' third baseman, but struggled in that role, posting just a .650 OPS in 265 at-bats. Nonetheless, he managed 20 doubles and 36 walks in that span, and was largely derailed by a poor BABIP, some of which could regress positively to the mean should Valbuena get another chance. Assuming the Cubs don't sign a free-agent at the position, it's likely Valbuena will battle Ian Stewart for the job this spring, and eventually Josh Vitters, Javier Baez and/or Junior Lake could also be in the mix.

2012

Valbuena spent most of his time at Triple-A Columbus last season after failing to earn a roster spot in spring training, hitting .302 with 22 doubles and 17 homers in 113 games. He struggled in a couple of brief looks with the Indians, following the trend he established the previous season. The Blue Jays acquired him for cash in the offseason where he'll look to resurrect his career. If the results at Triple-A (career .304/.387/.468 in 937 plate appearances) are any indication, there may be a useful utility player buried here.

2011

Valbuena started the season as the team's starting second baseman but got demoted after an ugly start and didn't fare much better upon his recall. It all added up to an ugly .193/.273/.258 season and clouds his future as an everyday option for Cleveland. He'll likely back up second base, shortstop and third base for the Indians unless he has a torrid spring. There's not enough power and speed here to warrant much of a look.

2010

Valbuena was thrust into everyday duties following the trade of Mark DeRosa and quite simply wasn't ready to swim quite yet. A quick start at Triple-A (.321/.436/.538) opened up some organizational eyes and earned himself a promotion, but he likely was better served staying at Triple-A for the full season. He hit .250/.298/.416 but showed enough pop (10 homers) to give him the inside track on the second base job as spring opens. Considering the others options are non-roster invitee Luis Rodriguez and seeing what the heck former keystoner Jerry Browne is up to nowadays it's probably his job to lose.

2009

Valbuena had a breakout season in 2008. After hitting .239 in 2007 at Double-A with 83 strikeouts in 122 games, Valbuena hit .304 last season with 37 strikeouts and 31 walks, earning a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma, where he hit .302 with 32 strikeouts and 28 walks. Combined, he had 34 extra-base hits. He then impressed with his defense in a September call-up to Seattle. He was traded to the Indians in the three-way deal that sent J.J. Putz to the Mets. Valbuena needs more seasoning and needs to develop more power, but he might get a shot at second base with the Tribe, allowing Asdrubal Cabrera to play short and Jhonny Peralta to play third.