Luis Valbuena, Second Base, Los Angeles Angels, #18


Date of Birth: 11/30/1985
Birthplace: Sucre, Venezuela

Luis Valbuena, second baseman for the Los Angeles Angels, was first signed by the Seattle Mariners in August, 2002. He played in their minor league system from 2005 through 2007. He played in just 18 games with the Mariners in 2008. The following December, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians.

Valbuena's first year with the Indians, 2009, was his best season. That year, he had career highs in hits with 92, doubles with 25, and a .250 batting average in 103 games. In 2010, he played in 91 games with Cleveland and in 2011, he played in just 17 games with them.

In April, 2012, the Chicago Cubs claimed Valbuena off waivers. That season he played in 90 games with the Cubs as a third baseman. In 2013, he batted .218 with 72 hits, 15 doubles, and a career high 12 home runs in 108 games. He finished the 2014 season with 119 hits, 33 doubles, 16 home runs, 51 RBIs, and a .249 batting average.

Valbuena was traded to the Houston Astros on January 19, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 97 hits, 18 doubles, 25 home runs, 56 RBIs, and a .224 batting average in 132 games. As a third baseman in 99 games, he made 168 assists, 20 double plays, 54 putouts, and 6 errors. In the postseason, he batted .176 with 3 hits, including a home run, and 2 RBIs in 17 at-bats in 6 games.

Valbuena played in 90 games with the Astros in 2016. He finished the season with 76 hits, 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, and a .260 batting average. Defensively, as the Astros third baseman in 81 games, he made 143 assists, 54 putouts, and 6 errors.

Valbuena became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a two-year contract with the Angels on January 24, 2017.

Career batting statistics for Valbuena through 2016 include:

  • 798 games played
  • 588 hits
  • 145 doubles
  • 83 home runs
  • 269 RBIs
  • 582 strikeouts to 307 walks
  • .232 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Valbuena at second base through 2016 include:

  • 209 games played
  • 585 assists
  • 150 double plays
  • 368 putouts
  • 10 errors
  • .990 fielding percentage

Career fielding statistics for Valbuena at third base through 2016 include:

  • 490 games played
  • 813 assists
  • 85 double plays
  • 290 putouts
  • 37 errors
  • .968 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Luis Valbuena
ESPN - Luis Valbuena