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Jonathan Villar | Shortstop | #5

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 214
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Villar doubled in two runs, walked and stole a base Monday against the Angels.
Villar has five steals in five games, raising his season total to seven. He's doing a great job of getting on base for the Brewers, and it now seems pretty likely that he'll remain a regular once Orlando Arcia gets the call, probably at third base. May 2 - 11:46 PM

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Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases, and two runs scored Thursday against the Cubs.

Domingo Santana got the day off Thursday, so Villar made his second start of the season out of the leadoff spot. He took advantage of the opportunity, increasing his batting average from .230 to .262 with his big day at the plate. He was also finally active on the base paths. The 24-year-old entered the day just 2-for-4 in stolen base attempts this season.
Apr 28 - 8:51 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

Villar missed a couple games after turning his ankle, but he's fine. He will be at shortstop and batting second for the Brew Crew on Friday against Jeff Locke and the Pirates.
Apr 15 - 1:57 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) is expected back Friday.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he wanted to give Villar one more day Thursday in St. Louis. Villar tweaked his ankle on a stolen base attempt earlier this week. Yadiel Rivera is starting at short versus the Cardinals.
Apr 14 - 2:05 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) is out again Thursday.

Villar tweaked his ankle on a stolen base attempt earlier this week. He remains day-to-day. Yadiel Rivera is starting at shortstop Thursday afternoon in St. Louis.
Apr 14 - 11:35 AM

Jonathan Villar is not in Wednesday's lineup due to an ankle injury.

Villar tweaked the ankle on a recent stolen base attempt and is considered day-to-day. Yadiel Rivera will start at shortstop in his place Wednesday night in St. Louis.
Apr 13 - 7:47 PM

Jonathan Villar homered off Madison Bumgarner in the Brewers' season-opening loss to the Giants on Monday.

Scooter Gennett also went deep off the Giants ace, who was recovering from the flu. Villar can be a nice source of fantasy production this season in Milwaukee until top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia arrives. Not so much as a power source, but for steals and runs scored. Villar batted second on Monday.
Apr 4 - 6:11 PM

Jonathan Villar doubled, stole two bases, and scored a run Friday against the Reds.

Villar hasn't been overly impressive at the plate this spring, but he appears locked into the starting shortstop job to begin the year. The former Astro could be a sneaky source of steals in fantasy leagues, at least until the Brewers call up top prospect Orlando Arcia this summer.
Mar 18 - 7:18 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell is considering hitting Jonathan Villar leadoff this season.

Villar is a career .236/.300/.353 hitter at the major league level, so he's obviously not an ideal fit for the leadoff spot. However, the Brewers don't have many options, with Scooter Gennett likely being the other alternative. The club could wind up using both in the leadoff spot, with the left-handed hitting Gennett batting there against righties and the switch-hitting Villar settling in the spot versus lefties. Villar isn't a good hitter, but he can run and being used in the leadoff spot would add to his appeal in fantasy leagues. Ultimately, though, he's just a placeholder for top prospect Orlando Arcia, who should arrive around midseason.
Mar 4 - 10:35 AM

Jonathan Villar tripled and scored a run Thursday as the Brewers' split-squad team beat the Cubs 2-1.

Following the Jean Segura trade, Villar is locked in as the Brewers’ shortstop to begin 2016. He doesn’t figure to hit for average, but his speed could be pretty useful in deeper fantasy leagues until top prospect Orlando Arcia is deemed ready for the majors. We’d expect Arcia to arrive around June or so.
Mar 3 - 6:11 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Friday that Jonathan Villar will open the season as the club's starting shortstop.

The 24-year-old was acquired from the Astros this winter, and it appears he'll hold down the fort at shortstop until prospect Orlando Arcia is ready to take over. Villar possesses a good bit of speed and should be able to carve out value as a middle infielder in deeper formats for as long as he has the job.
Feb 26 - 10:11 PM

Brewers acquired INF Jonathan Villar from the Astros for RHP Cy Sneed.

Villar posted a decent .284/.339/.414 batting line with two homers and seven stolen bases in 53 games this past season for Houston. He carries some fantasy value as a base-stealer when he is getting regular playing time, and Milwaukee is a better place than Houston for him to find that. The versatile 24-year-old is looking like an attractive early fantasy sleeper for 2016.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 03:30:00 PM

Jonathan Villar is not on the Astros' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Royals.

Villar stole a base and scored as a pinch-runner in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game victory over the Yankees, but the 'Stros will get back to basics with their 25-man roster for this best-of-five ALDS.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 12:13:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 11:26:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 11:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Colin Walsh
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Yadiel Rivera
3B1Aaron Hill
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Ramon Flores
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
3Alex Presley
RF1Domingo Santana
2Michael Reed
Starting Pitcher
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Wily Peralta
3Matt Garza
4Chase Anderson
5Zach Davies
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeremy Jeffress
2Will Smith
3Corey Knebel
4Michael Blazek
5Tyler Thornburg
6Sam Freeman
7Yhonathan Barrios
8Carlos Torres
9Sean Nolin
10Zack Jones
11Blaine Boyer
12Chris Capuano
13David Goforth