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18 Luis Valbuena 3B

Houston Astros

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
20%10%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
47816.24951681
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2013CHC10833134721237536314.331.378.218
2014CHC1494786811916516511312.341.435.249

Player Updates

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Luis Valbuena to open season as Astros' starting third baseman
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.

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Astros' Hinch on Luis Valbuena: He's going to play a lot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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."

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Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

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."

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Luis Valbuena, Matt Dominguez to compete for Astros' starting 3B job
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.”

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Astros trade Dexter Fowler to Cubs for Dan Straily, Luis Valbuena
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Third Basemen 14 67 45.74
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Milwaukee49102 .291 .388 .204
vs Fiers (Career)4000.2000
vs RHP39210015 .347 .464 .255
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
9/21LAD4120110
9/22STL3010010
9/23STL2100030
9/24STL3110010
9/26@MIL2000020
9/27@MIL4000000
9/28@MIL4010000
Two Week Schedule
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Cle
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@Tex
11
@Tex
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@Tex
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Oak
14
Oak
15
Oak
16
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LAA
18
LAA
Fantasy Points by Week
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3

8

14

11

6

18

22

8

10

18

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16

5

11

1

21

26

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2008SEA18496120141100 .315 .347 .245
2009CLE10336852921031268323 .298 .416 .250
2010CLE912752253224286112 .273 .258 .193
2011CLE174349111910 .227 .279 .209
2012CHC902652658428365502 .310 .340 .219
2013CHC10833134721237536314 .331 .378 .218
2014CHC1494786811916516511312 .341 .435 .249
Total 576180921241545173213395613 .313 .374 .229
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2008SEA2B16156221410111.000
2008SEASS10211011.000
2009CLE2B7775396162228664 .985
2009CLE3B10101001.000
2009CLESS2822115377356 .957
2010CLE2B7166363127232459 .989
2010CLE3B961731220 .882
2010CLESS542981745 .862
2010CLEOF1000000 ---
2011CLE2B119431924071.000
2011CLESS1000000 ---
2011CLEOF21220001.000
2012CHC2B52624011.000
2012CHC3B827218945137718 .963
2013CHC2B65261313041.000
2013CHC3B948521356150713 .967
2013CHCOF1000000 ---
2014CHC2B2117652441041.000
2014CHC3B12410528978202917 .969
Total  5364841818598117644210 .976
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2008SEA501700100
2009CLE25315322008
2010CLE1207122315
2011CLE001200000
2012CHC2009020016
2013CHC15112521444
2014CHC33420811248
Total 110867696101031
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2003 R-Aguirre501672638114122202533 .323 .359 .228
2004 R-Aguirre6121644782462342715119 .444 .556 .361
2005AAA-Tacoma340000001200 .200 .000 .000
2005 A-Everett74287477510312513137146 .333 .443 .261
2006 A-Inl. Empire431631841101210142613 .315 .362 .252
2006 A-Wisconsin8932545931663384444217 .371 .400 .286
2007 AA-West Tenn1224445510623311444883106 .311 .378 .239
2008AAA-Tacoma582124164902202832104 .383 .373 .302
2008 AA-West Tenn702404373122940313784 .381 .483 .304
2009AAA-Columbus2278152542313161333 .436 .538 .321
2010AAA-Columbus Clippers2596233081620192120 .427 .604 .313
2011AAA-Columbus Clippers113420641272201775469663 .372 .476 .302
2012AAA-Iowa Cubs582113864171831285011 .378 .507 .303
2013R-AZL Cubs272520031110 .7501.000 .714
2013AFX-Kane County Cougars130100001--00 .500 .333 .333
Total 791287346182016829764013554829149 .358 .443 .285
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/200
Birthdate:
11/30/1985
Age:
29
Hometown:
Sucre, Zulia, Venezuela
Bats/Throws:
L/R
Team:
Houston Astros
College:
No College
MLB Experience:
7
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