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Position: 3B/1B      Born: Nov 30, 1985      Bats: Left      Throws: Right

Valbuena joined the Astros in 2015, coming over from the Cubs in the Dexter Fowler trade. In his first season in Houston, Luis set personal highs in home runs (25), RBIs (56), and slugging percentage (.438). The native Venezuelan is also an outstanding defender and can play multiple positions on the infield.

Valbuena died at age 33 on December 6, 2018 in Yaracuy, Venezuela, in an auto accident caused by an obstacle placed in the road by highway robbers. Former Astro José Castillo died in the same incident.