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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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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that if a true backup shortstop fails to make the Opening Day roster, Jonathan Villar or Hernan Perez could see time there.
While Villar is expected to mostly play second base for the Brew Crew this coming season, he has plenty of experience playing shortstop, too. He actually saw the bulk of his at-bats from that position this past season. To be specific, the versatile infielder appeared in 107 games as a shortstop, 42 as a third baseman and nine as a second baseman. His position flexibility is incredibly appealing from a fantasy perspective. Mar 15 - 5:39 PM

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Jonathan Villar supplied two hits Wednesday in the Brewers' Cactus League win over the Reds.

Villar doubled to right field in his first at-bat and later scored on an RBI single by Scooter Gennett. He rolled a single to center in the fifth but was caught stealing. The 25-year-old led the league with 62 steals last season, though he also tied for seventh in MLB with 174 strikeouts. Despite his flaws, Villar should be one of the first shortstops drafted in fantasy leagues this spring.
Mar 1 - 6:49 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Brewers "floated an extension in the $20 million range for Jonathan Villar, but he passed for now."

Villar isn't going to sell low on himself after breaking out to the tune of a .285/.369/.457 batting line, 19 home runs, and a league-leading 62 stolen bases in 156 games last season. The 25-year-old can become eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next winter. He will start at second base for Milwaukee in 2017 while earning right around the major league minimum.
Feb 23 - 2:18 PM

Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed Tuesday that Jonathan Villar will mostly play second base in 2017.

The Brewers intend to play Travis Shaw at third base after picking him up from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal, so Villar is now in position to be the primary second base. He's already going into 2017 with a lot of momentum, but his multi-position eligibility should make him extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. As for Scooter Gennett, Stearns said that he will have to battle for playing time. It's also possible they'll try to trade him.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:52:00 AM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday that the club hasn't decided where Jonathan Villar will play in 2017.

Villar began the year at shortstop, but he moved over to third base after the promotion of top prospect Orlando Arcia. However, Villar struggled defensively at the hot corner, so he was mixed in at second base down the stretch. Either way, he's likely to receive regular at-bats in 2017. Villar broke out by batting .285/.369/.457 with 19 homers, 63 RBI, and 62 steals this season.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

He led off the game with a solo shot to center field and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. His .285 batting average has cooled a bit as he was over .300 for a good chunk of the season. He has 19 home runs, 63 RBI and 91 runs scored. Villar leads the major leagues with 60 stolen bases.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 12:06:00 AM

Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:21:00 AM

Jonathan Villar is not in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

It looks to be a routine day off. Hernan Perez is filling in at third base.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:27:00 AM

Jonathan Villar hit a solo home run and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Like a Gordie Howe hat trick in hockey, there needs to be a name for flexing both power and speed in the same game like Villar has been apt to do this year. Tuesday's game was the sixth time this year he's homered and swiped a bag in the same contest, giving him 16 home runs and 54 stolen bases with a .292/.373/.458 line. It's hard to overstate just how big of a breakout year it's been for the 25-year-old.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 10:06:00 PM

Jonathan Villar blasted a pair of solo homers that gave the Brewers all the runs they would need to beat the Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday.

Villar's fourth-inning jack off Mike Montgomery opened the scoring and he followed that with a shot off Joe Smith in the eighth inning that ended the scoring. The Brewers' leadoff man has had a totally unexpected breakout season. He is hitting .299 with 15 homers, 54 RBI, and 78 runs scored, but it is his 52 stolen bases that impress fantasy owners the most. He trails only Billy Hamilton's 58 bags for the major league lead in that department, and Villar may catch the Reds' speedster while he recovers from an oblique strain. Villar hit just two homers and stole seven bases as a part-time player for the Astros last season. What a difference a year makes.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 12:09:00 AM

Jonathan Villar finished 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and a stolen base as the Brewers took it to the Cubs 12-5 on Tuesday.

The speedy shortstop finished an elusive double shy of the cycle, and it was the fifth time this year he's homered and stolen a base in the same game. The 25-year-old is shaping up to be a fantasy MVP for owners who stole him off the waiver wire in early April, as Villar now has 13 homers and 52 stolen bases to go with a .297/.376/.453 line on the year.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Jonathan Villar (knee) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

Villar was held out of the starting lineup for back-to-back games over the weekend with a sore knee, though he did slug a pinch-hit grand slam on Sunday. The 25-year-old should be fine moving forward.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Jonathan Villar (knee) hit a pinch-hit grand slam Sunday in the Brewers' rout of the Pirates.

The four-run jack off Juan Nicasio put the Brewers up 5-0 in the top of the sixth inning, and they went to win 10-0. Villar had been held out of the Brewers starting lineup for two days due to a banged-up knee.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 09:37:00 AM

Jonathan Villar (knee) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

Josh Harrison slid into Villar's knee on Friday and the infielder has now sat out two straight contests. He's considered day-to-day. Hernan Perez is again at third base and Keon Broxton is hitting leadoff. The Brewers are also giving Ryan Braun a day off, as Jake Elmore is in left field.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Jonathan Villar is dealing with a sore knee.

Josh Harrison slid into him at third base on Friday night. Villar had his knee wrapped and was seen walking gingerly in the clubhouse on Saturday. Manager Craig Counsell is calling him day-to-day. Villar has been a surprisingly important fantasy contributor this year with 11 homers, 51 steals and a .295 average.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
3Andrew Susac
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Scooter Gennett
3Yadiel Rivera
4Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Domingo Santana
2Michael Reed
Starting Pitcher
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Jimmy Nelson
4Matt Garza
5Chase Anderson
6Wily Peralta
7Tommy Milone
8Taylor Jungmann
9Brent Suter
Relief Pitcher
R1Neftali Feliz
2Corey Knebel
3Jacob Barnes
4Jhan Marinez
5Michael Blazek
6Carlos Torres
7Ryan Webb
8Tyler Cravy
9Joba Chamberlain
10Rob Scahill
11Hiram Burgos
12Andy Oliver