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Birth Date11-30-1985
Height5' 10"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 4 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2.52015
2.22016
1.02017
-0.22018
0.52019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 SEA 22 18 54 12 5 0 0 4 11 1 0 0 .245 .315 .347 88 -0.7 1.0 -1.5 0.0
2009 CLE 23 103 398 92 25 3 10 26 83 0 2 3 .250 .298 .416 85 -6.3 -0.3 0.4 0.6
2010 CLE 24 91 310 53 12 0 2 28 61 3 1 2 .193 .273 .258 59 -14.2 -1.4 3.0 -0.4
2011 CLE 25 17 44 9 0 0 1 1 9 0 1 0 .209 .227 .279 82 -0.9 0.4 -1.0 0.0
2012 CHN 26 90 303 58 20 0 4 36 55 0 0 2 .219 .310 .340 81 -6.4 -0.5 0.5 0.3
2013 CHN 27 108 391 72 15 1 12 53 63 4 1 4 .218 .331 .378 107 3.6 -0.2 -0.5 1.6
2014 CHN 28 149 547 119 33 4 16 65 113 2 1 2 .249 .341 .435 109 5.6 -0.2 -12.0 1.0
2015 HOU 29 132 493 97 18 0 25 50 106 6 1 0 .224 .310 .438 120 13.0 1.9 -4.9 2.5
2016 HOU 30 90 342 76 17 1 13 44 81 1 1 1 .260 .357 .459 113 6.2 -1.4 6.1 2.2
2017 ANA 31 117 401 69 15 0 22 48 106 1 0 2 .199 .294 .432 98 0.4 -0.6 1.3 1.0
2018 ANA 32 96 288 53 9 0 9 19 100 1 3 0 .199 .253 .335 70 -9.4 -0.8 1.1 -0.2
Career101135717101699114374788191116.226.310.39496-9.1-2.2-7.48.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 EVE A- NWN 74 325 .258 .330 .373 .264 109 7.4 8.7 -0.4 96 0 2.8 -0.6 -8.9 0.2
2005 TAC AAA PCL 3 5 .272 .337 .432 .000 0.0 66 0 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2006 WIS A MDW 89 373 .251 .319 .368 .323 106 8.2 6.9 -0.4 130 0 -8.8 1.3 0.9 0.0
2006 SBR A+ CLF 43 181 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 WTN AA SOU 122 505 .257 .332 .389 .267 96 -2.5 14.9 -0.7 87 0 4.0 1.7 -15.2 0.5
2008 SEA MLB AL 18 54 .263 .331 .410 .316 99 -1 1.6 -0.1 88 12 -1.5 1.0 -0.7 0.0
2008 WTN AA SOU 70 277 .266 .342 .403 .323 108 6.7 8.2 -0.3 124 0 6.6 1.1 4.7 2.0
2008 TAC AAA PCL 58 246 .279 .352 .451 .337 102 4.9 7.6 -0.3 101 0 -2.3 1.6 -2.0 0.4
2009 CLE MLB AL 103 398 .261 .328 .419 .296 102 -5.1 11.4 0.8 85 9 0.4 -0.3 -6.3 0.6
2009 COH AAA INT 22 95 .264 .333 .393 .349 117 5.5 2.8 0.3 149 0 -1.7 -1.8 4.0 0.4
2010 CLE MLB AL 91 310 .258 .321 .403 .238 106 -19.3 8.5 0 59 10 3.0 -1.4 -14.2 -0.4
2010 COH AAA INT 25 119 .263 .335 .408 .338 111 9.4 3.6 0.6 159 0 -0.7 0.6 6.6 1.0
2011 CLE MLB AL 17 44 .274 .336 .431 .242 103 -3.3 1.2 -0.1 82 14 -1.0 0.4 -0.9 0.0
2011 COH AAA INT 113 472 .262 .329 .404 .355 104 8.7 14.6 3.8 119 0 -6.1 -3.1 4.6 1.3
2012 CHN MLB NL 90 303 .257 .317 .405 .260 100 -6.9 8.3 1.1 81 10 0.5 -0.5 -6.4 0.3
2012 IOW AAA PCL 58 246 .274 .339 .424 .352 94 13.7 7.3 2.3 123 0 0.7 0.8 2.9 1.4
2012 LAR Wnt VWL 51 223 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 108 391 .252 .312 .388 .233 104 0 10.3 1.2 107 9 -0.5 -0.2 3.6 1.6
2013 KNC A MID 1 4 .213 .275 .314 .333 119 -0.2 0.1 0 117 0 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CUB Rk AZL 2 8 .312 .372 .449 .833 95 3.1 0.2 -0.1 250 0 -0.1 -0.6 0.7 0.0
2014 CHN MLB NL 149 547 .248 .309 .376 .294 101 14.9 14.1 1.4 109 10 -12.0 -0.2 5.6 1.0
2015 HOU MLB AL 132 493 .256 .316 .408 .235 106 2.4 13.3 -0.2 120 7 -4.9 1.9 13.0 2.5
2016 HOU MLB AL 90 342 .262 .326 .427 .315 101 9.2 9.7 0.8 113 7 6.1 -1.4 6.2 2.2
2017 ANA MLB AL 117 401 .253 .321 .425 .210 100 -3.7 11.7 -2.4 98 11 1.3 -0.6 0.4 1.0
2017 INL A+ CAL 6 24 .271 .326 .404 .421 95 1.4 0.7 -0.3 133 0 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2018 ANA MLB AL 96 288 .251 .317 .421 .277 99 -13.1 8.1 -0.8 70 9 1.1 -0.8 -9.4 -0.2
2018 LAR Wnt VWL 43 179 .267 .336 .348 .314 100 13.9 3.8 -1.3 106 1 0.0 -0.5 5.3 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2005 TAC AAA PCL 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 0 0
2005 EVE A- NWN 325 287 47 75 10 3 12 127 51 31 37 14 6 .261 .336 .443 .181 1 1
2006 SBR A+ CLF 181 163 18 41 10 1 2 59 10 14 26 1 3 .252 .309 .362 .110 3 3
2006 WIS A MDW 373 325 45 93 16 6 3 130 38 44 44 21 7 .286 .372 .400 .114 1 1
2007 WTN AA SOU 505 444 55 106 23 3 11 168 44 48 83 10 6 .239 .311 .378 .140 6 6
2008 SEA MLB AL 54 49 6 12 5 0 0 17 1 4 11 0 0 .245 .315 .347 .102 0 0
2008 WTN AA SOU 277 240 43 73 12 2 9 116 40 31 37 8 4 .304 .378 .483 .179 4 4
2008 TAC AAA PCL 246 212 41 64 9 0 2 79 20 28 32 10 4 .302 .374 .373 .071 6 6
2009 COH AAA INT 95 78 15 25 4 2 3 42 13 16 13 3 3 .321 .432 .538 .218 1 1
2009 CLE MLB AL 398 368 52 92 25 3 10 153 31 26 83 2 3 .250 .298 .416 .166 2 2
2010 CLE MLB AL 310 275 22 53 12 0 2 71 24 28 61 1 2 .193 .273 .258 .065 2 2
2010 COH AAA INT 119 96 23 30 8 1 6 58 20 19 21 2 0 .313 .424 .604 .292 2 2
2011 CLE MLB AL 44 43 4 9 0 0 1 12 1 1 9 1 0 .209 .227 .279 .070 0 0
2011 COH AAA INT 472 420 64 127 22 0 17 200 75 46 96 6 3 .302 .372 .476 .174 3 1
2012 LAR Wnt VWL 223 183 32 56 15 1 6 91 39 34 33 3 0 .306 .414 .497 .191 3 1
2012 IOW AAA PCL 246 211 38 64 17 1 8 107 31 28 50 1 1 .303 .378 .507 .204 6 0
2012 CHN MLB NL 303 265 26 58 20 0 4 90 28 36 55 0 2 .219 .310 .340 .121 2 0
2013 CHN MLB NL 391 331 34 72 15 1 12 125 37 53 63 1 4 .218 .331 .378 .160 2 1
2013 KNC A MID 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 0 0
2013 CUB Rk AZL 8 7 2 5 2 0 0 7 3 1 1 1 0 .714 .750 1.000 .286 0 0
2014 CHN MLB NL 547 478 68 119 33 4 16 208 51 65 113 1 2 .249 .341 .435 .186 1
2015 HOU MLB AL 493 434 62 97 18 0 25 190 56 50 106 1 0 .224 .310 .438 .214 3 0
2016 HOU MLB AL 342 292 38 76 17 1 13 134 40 44 81 1 1 .260 .357 .459 .199 2 3
2017 INL A+ CAL 24 23 5 8 3 0 0 11 6 1 4 0 0 .348 .375 .478 .130 0 0
2017 ANA MLB AL 401 347 42 69 15 0 22 150 65 48 106 0 2 .199 .294 .432 .233 5 0
2018 ANA MLB AL 288 266 23 53 9 0 9 89 33 19 100 3 0 .199 .253 .335 .135 2 0
2018 LAR Wnt VWL 179 142 25 40 10 0 7 71 22 34 31 0 0 .282 .425 .500 .218 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 222 0.4640 0.4189 0.7742 0.6117 0.2521 0.8254 0.6667 0.2258 -0.0026
2009 1454 0.5055 0.4484 0.7853 0.5810 0.3129 0.8501 0.6622 0.2147 -0.0073
2010 1245 0.5028 0.4257 0.8113 0.5767 0.2730 0.8947 0.6331 0.1887 -0.0060
2011 148 0.5541 0.5541 0.7317 0.7073 0.3636 0.8103 0.5417 0.2683 -0.0007
2012 1279 0.4848 0.4167 0.7974 0.6048 0.2398 0.8560 0.6582 0.2026 -0.0066
2013 1626 0.4606 0.4016 0.8208 0.6101 0.2235 0.8906 0.6582 0.1792 -0.0012
2014 2249 0.5047 0.4415 0.7654 0.6352 0.2442 0.8294 0.5956 0.2346 -0.0106
2015 2051 0.4725 0.4642 0.7437 0.6636 0.2856 0.8227 0.5793 0.2563 0.0058
2016 1475 0.4766 0.4258 0.7436 0.6330 0.2370 0.8157 0.5683 0.2564 0.0000
2017 1696 0.4776 0.4393 0.7114 0.6160 0.2777 0.7756 0.5813 0.2886 0.0000
2018 1235 0.4680 0.4810 0.6751 0.6263 0.3531 0.7486 0.5603 0.3249 0.0000
Career146800.48430.43970.76090.62060.27020.83050.60870.2391-0.0028

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-15 2014-08-15 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness -
2014-05-31 2014-06-03 DTD 3 2 - Abdomen Strain -
2013-08-03 2013-09-01 15-DL 29 26 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-05-12 2013-05-15 DTD 3 3 Right Fingers Sprain Little Finger - -
2010-04-04 2010-04-07 DTD 3 1 Right Hand Soreness HBP -
2010-04-03 2010-04-04 Camp 1 0 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2007-07-01 2007-07-12 Minors 11 0 Left Thumb Contusion - -
2005-04-05 2005-05-27 Minors 52 7 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 ANA $
2018 ANA $8,000,000
2017 ANA $6,500,000
2016 HOU $6,125,000
2015 HOU $4,200,000
2014 CHN $1,710,000
2013 CHN $930,000
2012 CHN $495,200
2010 CLE $414,700
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$28,374,900
8 yrTotal$28,374,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 148 dElite Sports Group2 years/$15M (2017-18), 2019 option

Details
  • 2 years/$15M (2017-18), plus 2019 option. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 1/24/17. 17:$6.5M, 18:$8M, 19:$8.5M mutual option ($0.5M buyout). 2019 option increases $0.5M each for 1) 425 plate appearances in 2018 or 800 PA in 2017-'18 combined, 2) 450 PA in 2018 or 820 PA in 2017-'18 combined and 3) 475 PA in 2018 or 875 PA in 2017-'18 combined. Assignment bonus:$1M with trade. DFA by LA Angels 8/5/18. Released 8/7/18.
  • 1 year/$6.125M (2016). Re-signed by Houston 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.2M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Houston in trade from Chicago Cubs 1/19/15.
  • 1 year/$1.71M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.93M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/10/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4952M (2012). Signed by Toronto 3/12. Claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers from Toronto 4/4/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago Cubs 4/7/12. Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 6/14/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/11. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Cleveland 11/26/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4147M (2010). Re-signed 3/10/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4003M (2009). Re-signed 3/10/09. Optioned to Triple-A 3/19/09. Recalled 5/2/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased 9/1/08. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Seattle 12/10/08.
  • Signed 2002 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 374 49 86 18 1 15 51 44 93 2 1 .265 .356 .465 123 21.0 3B 0, 1B -2 2.0
80o 355 45 79 17 1 14 46 40 90 2 1 .254 .341 .450 115 15.6 3B 0, 1B -2 1.4
70o 341 42 74 16 1 13 43 37 88 2 1 .247 .331 .437 110 12.0 3B 0, 1B -2 1.1
60o 330 39 69 15 1 12 41 35 86 2 1 .237 .321 .419 105 9.1 3B 0, 1B -2 0.8
50o 319 37 65 14 1 11 38 33 84 2 1 .230 .313 .404 101 6.6 3B 0, 1B -2 0.5
40o 308 35 62 13 1 11 36 31 83 1 1 .226 .307 .401 96 4.2 3B 0, 1B -2 0.2
30o 297 33 57 12 1 10 34 29 81 1 1 .216 .297 .383 92 1.8 3B 0, 1B -2 0.0
20o 283 30 52 11 1 9 31 26 78 1 1 .206 .284 .364 86 -0.8 3B 0, 1B -2 -0.3
10o 264 27 47 10 1 8 28 23 74 1 1 .197 .270 .349 79 -3.9 3B 0, 1B -1 -0.6
Weighted Mean32238671411239338521.235.317.4181027.43B 0, 1B -20.6

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)If you could turn one player's first and last names into three names, which would you choose? (e.g. Luis Valbuena becomes Luis Val Buena.)
(dipotonotdipoto from Seattle)
Adeiny Hecha Varria (Megan Rowley)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Matt Thaiss move quickly through the Angels' system?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
He might. It's not like the Angels have a ton of reasons to keep C.J. Cron in an everyday role, not to mention Luis Valbuena. But, I worry about first basemen in the minors. You need to absolutely rake, and he certainly has hit, but too often teams kind of sit back with first basemen until they're fully marinated, or at least that's what I'm inclined to think. I'd say he might get his first cup of coffee this year and be up for good after the trade deadline in 2018, especially if the Angels aren't competitive. (Trevor Strunk)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Delino Deshields and Mike BOlsinger for Luis Valbuena? Who wins the trade?
(Brandon from Chicago)
I'd take the duo. Valbuena already has fallen off of the map with the power. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know Spring Training rarely means much, but are there any guys we should keep a close eye on? To see if they are returning from injury well/keeping gains in control/breaking camp?
(Keith from Brooklyn)
Mike Olt is my de facto pick for "guy to watch in spring training". The Cubs offense is a damn mess and I don't think they can stomach playing Darwin Barney and Luis Valbuena for all that much longer. I think they would love Olt to win the job out of spring. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)In an NL-only deep Ultra dynasty league, I was recently offered Cliff Lee for Michael Wacha, Luis Valbuena, Daniel Hudson, Jameson Taillon and Chris Heisey. I thought I was being asked tp give up too much, and asked for more in return. Lee's owner then turned around and traded Lee for Randall Delgado, Dave Sappelt, Tyler Cloyd, Francisco Peguero and Khris Davis. This deal struck me as either ludicrous or retaliatory: He gave up up top starter (Lee has had four excellent starts since then) for three fifth outfielders and two fifth starters. Am I wrong to think these two offers are not on the same planet?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
Hi Gerry.

Without knowing the salaries/contracts of the players involved, I'd agree that the two offers don't compare. Taillon and Wacha are both potentially #2 starters for your future team and Hudson is a good bounce back candidate assuming health. Even if I'm being generous, I don't see how Delgado and Cloyd are going to be better than Taillon and Wacha, and the hitters really seem like bench guys who maybe start at some point if they get really, really lucky. My guess is that the deal was ludicrous rather than retaliatory, but you have every right to be annoyed at your league mate. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts between these three (brutal) 3B options in a 14 team mixed OBP league (yes, I effed up my draft on this position): Marwin Gonzalez, Pedro Alvarez, Luis Valbuena.
(Jacob from Springfield)
Reverse order 'em. (Paul Sporer)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is Josh Vitters missing? .301/.352/.514 at Iowa, and Luis Valbuena is keeping him away?
(Geo from Garland)
Experience and track record. This is the first year Vitters is truly living up to expectations, and the Cubs (rightfully) don't want to rush him to fast, especially when they're not winning anything this year anyway. He has just 300 AB under his belt at Triple-A, so more seasoning would do him some good. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see him in August or, at the very least, September if he continues like this. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Orlando Cabrera still playing in Cleveland? (No fair going with the pictures of management in compromising positions joke)
(Slew from Seattle)
He apparently has pictures of Jason Kipnis.

I'm not sure why they aren't to Kipnis yet, unless they think he's so dreadful defensively (which he isn't) One other option: Kipnis was an OF in college. Luis Valbuena had to play LF the last 2 days and had plays that may have affected the outcome of the game. I'd really like them to upgrade internally, but not why they thought Chisenhall was ready and Kipnis wasn't. (Mike Ferrin)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Asdrubal Cabrera will be the SS in 2012, AFAIK. Unless Jhonny gets re-upped, then all bets are off. But at 2B, you have Cord Phelps, Jason Kipnis, Jason Donald, and Luis Valbuena. None of whom I want to see on the other side of the diamond.
(buffum from Austin TX)
Well there's always trades and free agency I guess. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much would it cost for someone to build me a time machine, then I send my Dad back in time to NOT take the job at the Akron Beacon Journal, and then I don't grow up in Akron and don't become a Cleveland fan and then I don't feel like hopping on a plane, flying to Cleveland, and doing something ill-advised to the entire Indians roster (shaving Chris Perez' head, tying Luis Valbuena in a sack, turning Russ Branyan into a newt, etc.)? This is feasible, right? My spleen ... my spleen is weeping inconsolably. I used to love my spleen. I feel like a bad caretaker.
(buffum from Austin TX)
You actually just won the Internet. The whole thing. (Marc Normandin)


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