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Luis Valbuena

32-Year-Old Third Baseman – Los Angeles Angels

2018 Stats

AVG

.204

HR

9

RBI

30

R

21

SB

2

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Valbuena wasted a career-high 19.0 percent HR/FB, recording a career-worst 14.3 percent line drive rate. While he hit 22 homers in just 401 plate appearances, the low line drive rate combined with a 2...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 215   DOB: 11/30/1985   BORN: Zulia, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: By SEA In 2002   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.

July 14, 2018  –  Luis Valbuena News

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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 117 401 347 42 69 37 15 0 22 65 0 2 48 106 0 5 1 .199 .294 .432 .726
2018 32 MAJ LAA 85 267 250 21 51 17 8 0 9 30 2 0 14 91 0 2 1 .204 .247 .344 .591
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3-Year Averages     113 410 357 47 80 36 16 0 20 53 0 1 47 97 1 3 2 .224 .315 .437 .752
Career  (View All)     1000 3,550 3,132 375 708 291 168 9 114 364 10 16 369 779 9 21 19 .226 .310 .395 .704

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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
Jul. 14 @LAD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .204 .247 .344 .591
Jul. 13 @LAD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .205 .248 .345 .593
Jul. 12 Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .252 .351 .603
Jul. 11 Sea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212 .256 .357 .613
Jul. 10 Sea 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .213 .257 .358 .615
Jul. 8 LAD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211 .256 .354 .610
Jul. 7 LAD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .211 .256 .354 .610
Jul. 6 LAD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .213 .258 .357 .615
Jul. 5 @Sea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .215 .260 .361 .621
Jul. 4 @Sea 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .216 .261 .362 .623
Jul. 3 @Sea Did not play.
Jul. 1 @Bal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .211 .254 .355 .609
Jun. 30 @Bal 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .211 .255 .357 .612
Jun. 29 @Bal 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .258 .362 .620
Jun. 28 @Bos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .215 .260 .365 .625
Jun. 27 @Bos 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .216 .261 .367 .628
Jun. 26 @Bos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .216 .262 .366 .628
Jun. 25 @KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .263 .368 .631
Jun. 24 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .221 .268 .375 .643
Jun. 23 Tor 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .271 .380 .651
Jun. 22 Tor 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .272 .368 .640
Jun. 21 Tor 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .271 .369 .640
Jun. 19 Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .216 .267 .335 .602
Jun. 18 Ari 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .218 .268 .337 .605
Jun. 17 @Oak 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .221 .272 .342 .614
Jun. 16 @Oak 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .274 .346 .620
Jun. 15 @Oak 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .221 .274 .348 .622
Jun. 13 @Sea 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .227 .281 .358 .639
Jun. 12 @Sea 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .287 .364 .651
Jun. 11 @Sea 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .283 .361 .644
Last 7 Games 15 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 .067 .067 .133 .200
Last 14 Games 31 2 4 2 0 0 3 1 14 1 0 0 1 1 .129 .152 .194 .346
Last 30 Games 85 5 14 4 0 3 10 1 32 2 0 0 1 2 .165 .172 .318 .490

Luis Valbuena: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 35 1 52 1
2017 48 59 3
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: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 3 1

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Luis Valbuena Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018352120.229.371.661
2017382160.105.211.423
2016756290.267.400.741

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018215198282.200.340.580
20173094021590.210.460.765
20162173211311.258.479.841

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018115116180.209.400.633
20171652210310.194.418.706
2016147239221.286.524.911

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018135103122.200.296.555
20171822012340.203.445.745
2016145154180.234.393.718
Luis Valbuena vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Clayton Kershaw LA 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .000 .667 .000 .667
Deck McGuire ANA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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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 401 347 12% 26.4% 0.45 69% .210 .233
2018 32 MAJ LAA 267 250 5.2% 34.1% 0.15 64% .276 .140
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3-Year Averages     410 357 11.5% 23.7% 0.48 73% .247 .213
Career     3,550 3,132 10.4% 21.9% 0.47 75% .263 .169

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Luis Valbuena Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
1B 2017 363.3 -1 - 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 171.7 1 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2B 2018 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3B 2017 455.3 -2 20 -4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 381.3 -2 23 -2 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 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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0.15 BB/K
TERRIBLE
5.2% BB Rate
POOR
34.1% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.591 OPS
TERRIBLE
.247 OBP
TERRIBLE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.204 AVG
TERRIBLE
.276 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.344 SLG
TERRIBLE
.140 ISO
WEAK

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

Valbuena is out of Thursday's lineup agains the Mariners.

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Valbuena is out of Wednesday's lineup against Seattle, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

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

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Valbuena started at third base and went 0-for-2 in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

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Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's 7-4 win over Seattle.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup versus Seattle on Tuesday.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.

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Valbuena is not in the starting lineup against Boston on Thursday.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.

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Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.

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Valbuena went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

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Valbuena went 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks in Wednesday's win over Kansas City.

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Valbuena went 1-for-3 with two RBI on Sunday against the Rangers.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

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 posted impressive walk totals without killing anyone in strikeouts, but his career BABIP of .268 has killed his overall line, and his .315 mark of 2016 was the first sample of more than 55 plate appearances with a BABIP greater than .300 (considered league average) in his career. His pull-happy power is predictable if nothing else: of his 13 home runs in 2016, 12 were sent down the right-field line. Valbuena brings enough pop to the plate to keep opposing pitchers honest, having ripped as many as 53 extra-base hits in a season (that was in 2014) and his versatility to play either infield corner should provide him with enough opportunities to make a dent. However, after signing with the Angels over the offseason, he's expected to compete with C.J. Cron for playing time at first base, which is a battle that certainly isn't a sure win for Valbuena.

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.