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Jonathan Villar | Second Baseman | #5

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 214
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / PHI
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Jonathan Villar (back) will begin a rehab assignment later this week.
The details of the assignment haven't been ironed out yet, but Villar's lower back strain is doing much better. He took some swings in early batting practice and did some running prior to Monday's game. Eric Sogard has played well while filling in at second base and figures to still get some starts there once Villar returns. Jun 19 - 5:25 PM

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Jonathan Villar (back) took some swings in early batting practice and did some running prior to Monday's game.

Villar was placed on the disabled list a little over a week ago with a lower back strain, but clearly he's feeling better and he indicated Monday that he could begin a rehab assignment soon. A return before the end of the month would seem to be a good possibility.
Jun 19 - 4:19 PM

Brewers placed 2B Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Villar left Friday night's game with back spasms and obviously the Brewers felt he wasn't going to be ready for at least another 10 days. The 26-year-old was a league-winner in fantasy leagues last season but has been a colossal disappointment so far in 2017, hitting just .213 with six homers, 26 RBI and 14 steals. Look for Eric Sogard to man second base in his absence.
Jun 10 - 6:39 PM

Jonathan Villar was suffering from back spasms when he left Friday's game. The results of X-rays aren't yet known.

The especially good news is that it doesn't sound like Villar hurt his head or neck in his violent dive to the ground. The back spasms seemed awfully severe, though, as he had to be driven off the field on a cart. Consider him day-to-day until more information becomes available.
Jun 10 - 2:15 AM

Jonathan Villar left Friday's game with an apparent back injury after making a diving stop.

Villar was able to throw to first and make the play after hitting the ground, but he went back down afterwards and couldn't stand back up, causing the Brewers to call for the cart. A DL stint seems rather likely here, so expect a lot more of Eric Sogard at second and Orlando Arcia at shortstop.
Jun 10 - 1:45 AM

Jonathan Villar homered and tripled from the leadoff spot Wednesday as the Brewers topped the Giants 6-3.

The only problem with this one is that it's really tough to steal bases after homers and triples. Villar needed a lift, though, and he got one tonight. He had been held out of the lineup two of the previous three days.
Jun 7 - 11:19 PM

Jonathan Villar, who had Sunday off, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Monday against the Giants.

Villar is 2-for-14 with eight strikeouts and two walks (one intentional) so far in June. His average is back down to .207, which is as low as it's been since May 11. The Brewers have been pretty patient, but it remains to be seen how much longer that will last with Eric Sogard still performing and Hernan Perez also available to play the middle infield spots.
Jun 6 - 12:15 AM

Jonathan Villar is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

Villar has been down in the No. 7 spot in the lineup this week and has also now been benched in two of the last five games. He has just four hits in his last 30 at-bats. Eric Sogard is at second base.
Jun 4 - 11:02 AM

Jonathan Villar is batting seventh for the Brewers on Sunday.

Villar made a start in the No. 3 spot a little over a week ago, but that was the only other time he's hit anywhere other than leadoff. The 26-year-old is currently in a 6-for-36 slide at the dish that has his season line down to .213/.285/.330. Villar has been woeful against lefties this season (.514 OPS) and the Brewers are facing southpaw Patrick Corbin, so it's possible Villar will be back in the leadoff spot Monday when they go up against righty Robert Gsellman. Keon Broxton is batting leadoff Sunday. This is obviously a situation to keep an eye on, as it could have a big fantasy impact on both players.
May 28 - 12:49 PM

Jonathan Villar had a two-RBI single and stole three bases in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Villar singled in two runs and stole two bases in the fifth inning and then stole another base after walking in the seventh. He's hitting just .220/.289/.345, but Villar is tied for fourth in baseball with his 12 steals and he's also swatted five home runs.
May 23 - 10:58 PM

Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Villar managed his seventh double of the season against Jake Arrieta, but the Brewers' offense was largely stymied until the ninth inning, when they scored five runs. That late flurry could not prevent the 13-6 defeat. Even with his three hits on Sunday, Villar is still hitting just .220 through 44 games played and has struck out a whopping 55 times across 173 at-bats.
May 21 - 6:02 PM

Jonathan Villar has been dropped to sixth in the Brewers' lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

After a breakthrough 2016 season, regression has hit Villar in a big way this year. He's hitting just .207/.272/.331 and leads the National League with 55 strikeouts. On the plus side from a fantasy perspective, he has hit five homers and swiped eight bases.
May 20 - 11:20 AM

Jonathan Villar is getting the day off Thursday versus the Padres.

Eric Sogard will fill in at second base and bat leadoff against San Diego right-hander Jarred Cosart. It looks to be a routine day of rest for Villar, who has tallied five home runs, 21 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 20 runs scored in 41 games this season.
May 18 - 12:53 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the Brewers' comeback victory over the Mets on Sunday.

Villar crushed a two-run homer in the seventh inning, cutting the Brewers' deficit to three runs at 8-5. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, reaching base safely three times. With his two-hit effort, Villar is now hitting .222/.287/.359 with five homers, 21 RBI and eight stolen bases on the year.
May 14 - 6:37 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

Villar had a pair of RBI singles in the victory. The steal was his eighth of the year. Villar has really struggled to get traction following his breakout 2016 campaign, thanks in part to 48 strikeouts in 149 at-bats thus far. That will have to improve if he wants to better his .215/.278/.336 line.
May 13 - 11:47 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
LF1Ryan Braun
2Hernan Perez
3Lewis Brinson
CF1Keon Broxton
RF1Domingo Santana
2Nick Franklin
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Jimmy Nelson
5Matt Garza
6Brandon Woodruff
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Jacob Barnes
3Oliver Drake
4Carlos Torres
5Jared Hughes
6Josh Hader
7Wily Peralta
8Paolo Espino