Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:13:06 -0700
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena leads the Grapefruit League with a .786 slugging percentage this spring and hit his second home run Friday, March 20.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) has a career slugging percentage of .374 in 2,047 plate appearances, so it's tough to get too excited over his sudden surge, but it is somewhat promising with his slugging percentage and his ISO on the rise in each of the past three seasons. Valbuena saw more than 500 plate appearances last season for the first time in his career and hit 16 home runs. Currently slotted in as the Astros starting third baseman, Valbuena could be a nice corner or middle infield option late in drafts.
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:59:41 -0800
Houston Astros 3B Matt Dominguez is expected to see some playing time at first base this season, as a result of the team's recent acquisition of 3B Luis Valbuena. Manager A.J. Hinch still views Dominguez as a third baseman in the long run but wants him to learn how to play first base in order to increase his versatility and improve his odds of making the 25-man roster.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:55:33 -0800
Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena will compete for the starting third base job in spring training this year, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:34:11 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena was acquired by the Houston Astros in the deal that sent OF Dexter Fowler to the Cubs Monday, Jan. 19.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:07:41 -0800
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena and SP Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals Friday, Jan. 16. Valbuena will make $4.2 million in 2015, while Wood will make $5.685 million.
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:27:42 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (illness) returned to the team's starting lineup Sunday, Aug. 17.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:49:15 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (illness) will not play Saturday, Aug. 16, because of an illness.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:32:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (illness) is not in the lineup Friday, Aug. 15, because he is battling a cold.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:18:41 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (abdomen) is starting Tuesday, June 3, after missing two games because of abdominal issues.
Tue, 13 May 2014 16:14:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he will continue to mix and match 3Bs Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt at third base, with Olt facing more left-handers. Olt leads all National League rookies with eight home runs, but he's hitting only .187 and has 32 strikeouts in 91 at-bats. Renteria said there will be a day when Olt receives more regular playing time, though.
Fantasy Tip: Olt is a nice source of power, but his inconsistent playing time and low batting average hurts too much in mixed leagues. For now, consider Olt a nice power product in NL-only leagues.