Luis Valbuena

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Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena.jpg
Valbuena with the Cleveland Indians
Houston Astros – No. 18
Utility infielder
Born: (1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 29)
Zulia, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2008 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .229
Home runs 45
Runs batted in 173

Luis Adan Valbuena (born November 30, 1985) is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Valbuena began his professional career in the Seattle Mariners organization in 2005. He was first promoted to the major leagues on September 1, 2008, from the Mariners' Triple-A team, the Tacoma Rainiers.[1]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On December 10, 2008, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a three-team trade that sent Franklin Gutiérrez to Seattle.[2]

Valbuena's first Major League home run came off of Bartolo Colón.

In July 2011, the Indians optioned Valbuena to Triple-A Columbus, to make room for the promotion of rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis.[3]

In August 2011, Valbuena was recalled after Kipnis was put on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster on November 18, 2011. On November 26, 2011, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On April 4, 2012, Valbuena was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs after being optioned by the Blue Jays. He was outrighted to the minors on April 7. Valbuena was called up from the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on June 14. He became a fan favorite in Chicago due to his batflips after hitting home runs.[citation needed]

Houston Astros[edit]

On January 19, 2015, he was traded to the Houston Astros along with Dan Straily, for Dexter Fowler.[4]


  1. ^ Jim Street (September 1, 2008). "Mariners' roster swells". Retrieved September 2, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Indians, Mariners, Mets complete trade". Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tribe calls up touted prospect Jason Kipnis". July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Baer, Bill (January 19, 2015). "Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler in a trade with the Astros". NBC Sports. 

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