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Jonathan Villar | Shortstop

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 214
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Astros recalled INF Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Fresno.
The last of the Astros' first wave of September call-ups. Villar, 24, has batted .263/.317/.368 with one home run, seven RBI, and four steals over 38 games with the Astros this season. He'll serve as a backup infielder down the stretch. Sep 1 - 11:26 AM

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Astros optioned INF Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Fresno.

Villar hit .263/.317/.368 over 105 plate appearances with the big club. Vince Velasquez will be called up to start on Wednesday to take Villar's roster spot.
Jun 9 - 11:38 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Saturday against the Blue Jays.

It was his first home run of the season. Mostly known for his speed, Villar is batting .273/.323/.386 over 36 games this season while sharing playing time with Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop. Of course, it's likely just a matter of time before top prospect Carlos Correa arrives in the big leagues.
Jun 6 - 4:27 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Villar was all over the place in this one, for better and worse. He doubled and tripled against John Danks while also committing an error in the field. He's seeing playing time with Jed Lowrie (thumb) on the shelf. In 263 at-bats last season, Villar hit .209/.267/.354 with 17 steals. There's value to be had here in deeper leagues, especially for those in need of a little speed.
May 31 - 5:12 PM

Astros recalled INF Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Fresno.

Villar tallied just one hit in 15 plate appearances with the Astros earlier this season. The 23-year-old speedster should see some playing time at shortstop while Jed Lowrie (thumb) is out and could be worth a look in deeper leagues due to his speed.
Apr 28 - 5:50 PM

Astros optioned INF Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move was made to make room for RHP Josh Fields, returning from the DL. Villar's seen limited at-bats this season and has notched one hit in 15 plate appearances. He played well in spring training (.286/.390/.486) and could be called up again should the Astros need an extra infielder. Just don't expect him to pop up on the fantasy radar.
Apr 23 - 3:00 AM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) has been cleared for game action.

Villar was held out of workouts for a day due to a sprained ankle, but he's fine. The 23-year-old has a good shot at a utility role with a .286/.390/.486 batting line so far this camp.
Mar 27 - 3:57 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) was held out of workouts Thursday in Astros camp.

Villar left Wednesday's exhibition game with a right ankle sprain, but he told reporters Thursday that he is already feeling much better. The 23-year-old infielder should be fine for the start of the season, though it's unclear what his role will be.
Mar 26 - 12:18 PM

Jonathan Villar exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a right ankle sprain.

Villar suffered the injury in a collision with his teammate Robbie Grossman. We should have more clarity on his status soon.
Mar 25 - 3:15 PM

Jonathan Villar (leg) did not sustain an injury after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

Villar got hit with a pitch right above the right knee in Saturday's game, staying down before leaving the game. He was able to walk off the field, though, and after the game Astros manager A.J. Hinch said removing him was a precautionary matter. Villar should be fine a day or two.
Mar 15 - 12:03 AM

Jonathan Villar left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch in the right leg.

The good news is that Villar walked off under his own power. The Astros should provide an update shortly.
Mar 14 - 8:12 PM

Jonathan Villar will play some second and third base during spring training.

Villar has only played shortstop in his two seasons with the Astros, but his best shot at a roster spot in 2015 will be as a utility player. The 23-year-old does have some limited experience at second base (20 games) and third base (three games) from his minor league days.
Feb 22 - 9:43 AM

Astros recalled INF Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Villar batted just .200/.255/.342 prior to being demoted in late June. His speed has value, but it's unclear how much he'll play down the stretch.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 01:23:00 PM

Astros optioned SS Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Villar batted just .200/.255/.342 overall and a sickly .160/.211/.217 across his last 33 games to earn the demotion. He's gone deep a surprising six times and has 14 stolen bases, but most of that production was early on. Marwin Gonzalez will see the bulk of the playing time at shortstop while Villar tries to figure things out at Triple-A.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases against the Rays on Sunday.

Villar doesn't do much on most nights, but he's now got 13 stolen bases and five home runs this season. Still, the shortstop is batting .200/.257/.338 and can be ignored outside of AL-only leagues.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 07:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
3Max Stassi
1B1Chris Carter
2Luis Valbuena
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
2Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Jed Lowrie
2Jonathan Villar
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Preston Tucker
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Scott Kazmir
3Scott Feldman
4Collin McHugh
5Mike Fiers
6Lance McCullers
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Vincent Velasquez
5Will Harris
6Tony Sipp
7Oliver Perez
8Samuel Deduno