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Jonathan Villar | Shortstop

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 214
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right

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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

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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

Jonathan Villar is back in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

He had missed the previous four games with a sore right elbow. Villar is batting just .193/.260/.355 over 54 games with the Astros this season.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Jonathan Villar is out of the Astros' lineup Wednesday against the Angels with a sore elbow.

Villar had his elbow wrapped in the Astros' clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, but he is aiming to return Thursday. Marwin Gonzalez will be starting in his place.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Jonathan Villar delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning on Friday, leading the Astros to their fifth straight victory, a 2-1 decision over the Orioles.

The Astros offense had been brutally silent heading into the seventh frame, when Robbie Grossman and Villar delivered back-to-back run-scoring doubles to put the Astros on top to stay. Villar has struggled at the plate this season, hitting just .200/.260/.369.
Sat, May 31, 2014 12:26:00 AM

Jonathan Villar went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 0-for-14 over his last four games.

Villar is at .172 in 64 at-bats for the month, but it has come with seven steals and a couple of homers. He figures to remain a low-average guy throughout, but since he is a terrific basestealer on those rare occasions that he's on first, he has some fantasy value anyway.
Sat, May 24, 2014 12:57:00 AM

Jonathan Villar went 0-for-4 at the dish Tuesday in his return to action.

Villar sat out Monday after bruising his right thumb during an at-bat in Sunday's game. The ailment shouldn't be an issue going forward, but the shortstop's batting line sunk to .226/.279/.416 after Tuesday's hitless showing.
Wed, May 21, 2014 04:18:00 AM

Jonathan Villar (thumb) was held out of the Astros' lineup Monday.

Villar had to exit Sunday's game after bruising his right thumb during an at-bat. He's available off the bench Monday and is expected back in the lineup Tuesday. "He's fine," manager Bo Porter said. "I just wanted to give him an extra day. He'll go through a normal workday [of batting, fielding] today, and tomorrow he should be back in there."
Mon, May 19, 2014 10:53:00 PM

Jonathan Villar was forced to leave Sunday's game against the White Sox early due to a right hand contusion.

It sounds as though the young shortstop was able to avoid any significant injury and should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Before exiting, he was 2-for-2 with a run scored, two RBI and had swiped his 11th base of the season.
Sun, May 18, 2014 04:06:00 PM

Hitting second for a second straight day, Jonathan Villar went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

He also went 0-for-4 on Thursday. Villar has the great power (five homers) and speed (eight steals) numbers for fantasy, but he's also batting .231 with a 34/8 K/BB ratio in 108 at-bats. He probably shouldn't be hitting second, even in a lineup as weak as Houston's.
Fri, May 9, 2014 09:57:00 PM

Jonathan Villar is out Wednesday with a jammed thumb.

It's not a major concern, and Villar might even be able to enter the game in the later innings as a defensive replacement or pinch-hitter. The young shortstop boasts an .822 OPS and six stolen bases in 32 games this year.
Wed, May 7, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Jonathan Villar homered and tripled Saturday in the Astros' loss to the Mariners.

Villar opened the game's scoring with an RBI triple in the bottom of the third inning and then went deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh. The home run was his fourth of the year and the triple was his second. He's also 6-for-7 on base-stealing attempts.
Sat, May 3, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Athletics.

Villar's triple, his first of the year, brought in two runs. He also scored twice on the day. The speedy shortstop has done some work on his average in recent days, going 7-for-17 with four doubles in his last five games. Even with the outburst, he's batting just .234 with a .289 on-base percentage on the year.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 05:46:00 PM

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