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Luis Valbuena 3BCubs

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
7 2047 .229 .313 .374 .252 3.2
Birth Date11-30-1985
Height5' 10"
Weight200 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 SEA 22 18 54 49 6 12 5 0 0 17 4 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 .245 .315 .347 .242 0.9 -1.0 -0.0
2009 CLE 23 103 398 368 52 92 25 3 10 153 26 83 0 2 2 31 2 3 .250 .298 .416 .248 6.7 0.9 0.8
2010 CLE 24 91 310 275 22 53 12 0 2 71 28 61 3 2 2 24 1 2 .193 .273 .258 .199 -11.4 2.3 -1.0
2011 CLE 25 17 44 43 4 9 0 0 1 12 1 9 0 0 0 1 1 0 .209 .227 .279 .183 -1.8 -0.9 -0.3
2012 CHN 26 90 303 265 26 58 20 0 4 90 36 55 0 2 0 28 0 2 .219 .310 .340 .237 3.3 -0.8 0.3
2013 CHN 27 108 391 331 34 72 15 1 12 125 53 63 4 2 1 37 1 4 .218 .331 .378 .260 12.6 -1.9 1.2
2014 CHN 28 149 547 478 68 119 33 4 16 208 65 113 2 1 1 51 1 2 .249 .341 .435 .294 26.5 -6.3 2.2
Career576204718092124151108456762133951096173613.229.313.374.25236.8-7.83.2

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 EVE A- 74 325 .285 .259 .338 .373 .262 .264 106 8.1 8.7 -0.4 -2.4 -0.5 17.1 1.5 17.1 1.5
2005 TAC AAA 3 5 .000 .271 .339 .435 .275 .000 0.0 -0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 WIS A 89 373 .292 .251 .319 .368 .254 .323 106 8.2 6.9 -0.4 -2.8 1.3 14.4 1.2 14.4 1.2
2006 SBR A+ 43 181 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 WTN AA 122 505 .255 .257 .332 .389 .261 .267 96 -2.5 14.9 -0.7 4.8 1.7 12.4 1.7 12.4 1.7
2008 SEA MLB 18 54 .242 .263 .331 .410 .257 .316 99 -1 1.6 -0.1 -1.0 1.0 0.9 -0.0 0.9 -0.0
2008 WTN AA 70 277 .282 .266 .342 .403 .254 .323 108 6.7 8.2 -0.3 8.2 1.1 14.3 2.2 14.3 2.2
2008 TAC AAA 58 246 .277 .279 .352 .451 .263 .337 102 4.9 7.6 -0.3 0.1 1.6 11.4 1.1 11.4 1.1
2009 CLE MLB 103 398 .248 .261 .328 .419 .257 .296 102 -5.1 11.4 0.8 0.9 -0.3 6.7 0.8 6.7 0.8
2009 COH AAA 22 95 .313 .264 .333 .393 .249 .349 117 5.5 2.8 0.3 -1.1 -1.8 6.2 0.5 6.2 0.5
2010 CLE MLB 91 310 .199 .258 .321 .403 .254 .238 106 -19.3 8.5 0 2.3 -1.4 -11.4 -1.0 -11.4 -1.0
2010 COH AAA 25 119 .333 .263 .335 .408 .253 .338 109 9.9 3.6 0.6 -0.7 0.6 14.8 1.3 14.8 1.3
2011 CLE MLB 17 44 .183 .274 .336 .431 .274 .242 104 -3.3 1.2 -0.1 -0.9 0.4 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2011 COH AAA 113 472 .276 .262 .329 .404 .256 .355 104 8.7 14.6 3.8 -7.9 -3.1 24.0 1.5 24.0 1.5
2012 CHN MLB 90 303 .237 .257 .317 .405 .260 .260 100 -6.9 8.3 1.1 -0.8 -0.5 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2012 IOW AAA 58 246 .311 .274 .339 .424 .270 .352 94 14 7.3 2.3 1.7 0.8 23.6 2.5 23.6 2.5
2012 LAR Wnt 51 223 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 108 391 .260 .252 .312 .388 .255 .233 104 -0.1 10.3 1.2 -1.9 -0.2 12.6 1.2 12.6 1.2
2013 KNC A 1 4 .226 .213 .275 .314 .216 .333 115 -0.1 0.1 0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2013 CUB Rk 2 8 .607 .312 .372 .449 .314 .833 94 3.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.6 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2014 CHN MLB 149 547 .294 .248 .309 .376 .258 .294 99 17.3 14.1 1.4 -6.3 -0.2 26.5 2.2 26.5 2.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 EVE A- 325 47 75 10 3 12 51 31 37 14 6 .261 .336 .443 .181 .285 17.1 -2.4 1.5
2005 TAC AAA 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 .000 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2006 SBR A+ 181 18 41 10 1 2 10 14 26 1 3 .252 .309 .362 .110 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 WIS A 373 45 93 16 6 3 38 44 44 21 7 .286 .372 .400 .114 .292 14.4 -2.8 1.2
2007 WTN AA 505 55 106 23 3 11 44 48 83 10 6 .239 .311 .378 .140 .255 12.4 4.8 1.7
2008 SEA MLB 54 6 12 5 0 0 1 4 11 0 0 .245 .315 .347 .102 .242 0.9 -1.0 -0.0
2008 WTN AA 277 43 73 12 2 9 40 31 37 8 4 .304 .378 .483 .179 .282 14.3 8.2 2.2
2008 TAC AAA 246 41 64 9 0 2 20 28 32 10 4 .302 .374 .373 .071 .277 11.4 0.1 1.1
2009 COH AAA 95 15 25 4 2 3 13 16 13 3 3 .321 .432 .538 .218 .313 6.2 -1.1 0.5
2009 CLE MLB 398 52 92 25 3 10 31 26 83 2 3 .250 .298 .416 .166 .248 6.7 0.9 0.8
2010 CLE MLB 310 22 53 12 0 2 24 28 61 1 2 .193 .273 .258 .065 .199 -11.4 2.3 -1.0
2010 COH AAA 119 23 30 8 1 6 20 19 21 2 0 .312 .424 .604 .292 .333 14.8 -0.7 1.3
2011 CLE MLB 44 4 9 0 0 1 1 1 9 1 0 .209 .227 .279 .070 .183 -1.8 -0.9 -0.3
2011 COH AAA 472 64 127 22 0 17 75 46 96 6 3 .302 .372 .476 .174 .276 24.0 -7.9 1.5
2012 LAR Wnt 223 32 56 15 1 6 39 34 33 3 0 .306 .414 .497 .191 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 CHN MLB 303 26 58 20 0 4 28 36 55 0 2 .219 .310 .340 .121 .237 3.3 -0.8 0.3
2012 IOW AAA 246 38 64 17 1 8 31 28 50 1 1 .303 .378 .507 .204 .311 23.6 1.7 2.5
2013 CUB Rk 8 2 5 2 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 .714 .750 1.000 .286 .607 2.7 -0.1 0.3
2013 KNC A 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .226 -0.3 -0.1 -0.0
2013 CHN MLB 391 34 72 15 1 12 37 53 63 1 4 .218 .331 .378 .160 .260 12.6 -1.9 1.2
2014 CHN MLB 547 68 119 33 4 16 51 65 113 1 2 .249 .341 .435 .186 .294 26.5 -6.3 2.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 222 0.4865 0.4369 0.7938 0.6481 0.2368 0.8571 0.6296 0.1959
2009 1455 0.5361 0.4629 0.8083 0.6026 0.3007 0.8787 0.6453 0.1872
2010 1236 0.5429 0.4393 0.8379 0.5857 0.2655 0.9109 0.6467 0.1565
2011 148 0.6014 0.5608 0.7711 0.6966 0.3559 0.8710 0.4762 0.2289
2012 1280 0.5188 0.4188 0.8284 0.6009 0.2224 0.8747 0.6934 0.1698
2013 1626 0.4840 0.4034 0.8323 0.6074 0.2122 0.8891 0.6798 0.1677
2014 2260 0.5186 0.4484 0.7838 0.6425 0.2390 0.8459 0.6038 0.2152
Career82270.51920.43780.81280.61460.24810.87520.64490.1847

Injury History

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
2014 CHN $1,710,000
2013 CHN $930,000
2012 CHN $495,200
2010 CLE $414,700
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,839,900
2011Current$1,710,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$3,549,900
4 yrTotal$3,549,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 148 dElite Sports Group1 year/$1.71M (2014)

Details
  • 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.

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DateQuestionAnswer
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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