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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jonathan Villar will hit leadoff Monday against the Reds.
It will be the second straight start out of the leadoff spot and his fourth straight start in center field over Keon Broxton. Villar has had a highly disappointing season, but he's batting an even .400 (22-for-55) with three homers, three doubles, seven RBI, three steals, and eight runs scored over his last 16 games. Better late than never. Sep 4 - 9:55 AM

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Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on Thursday, leading the Brewers to a 6-3 victory over the Nationals.

Villar clubbed his two-run homer off of Gio Gonzalez in the fifth inning, increasing the Brewers' lead to 5-2. He is finally showing signs of life at the plate after a miserable first four months of the season and is now hitting .238/.292/.372 with 11 long balls and 40 RBI.
Sep 1 - 1:04 AM

Jonathan Villar had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Rockies, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base.

All three of Villar's hits were singles in this one. His bat has finally started to pick up a bit, hitting .407 (11-for-27) with a homer, two RBI and three stolen bases in his last seven games.
Aug 20 - 7:17 PM

Jonathan Villar is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Brewers on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

It will be his first major league start in center field, though he did play four innings there with the Astros in 2015. Keon Broxton is on the bench versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova.
Aug 15 - 4:14 PM

Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Reds.

Villar drove in one run on an infield single in the sixth inning. He would drive the ball considerably further in the ninth, when he socked a solo home run to draw the Brew Crew to within 11-10. The home club was unable to come up with the necessary tying run. For the season as a whole, Villar is slashing just .222/.281/.346 with nine homers and 35 RBI in 95 games.
Aug 12 - 12:37 AM

Jonathan Villar went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Villar has been in a tough little skid of late, having now gone nine at-bats without picking up a hit. For the campaign as a whole, he is slashing a rough .216/.277/.339 with eight homers and 32 RBI across 319 at-bats. While he has not been doing much with the bat, he does have 20 steals to his credit this season.
Jul 30 - 5:07 PM

Jonathan Villar drove in two runs and stole his 19th base of the season on Sunday against the Phillies.

Villar's two-run single in the top of the fifth inning tied the game at 2-2, but Milwaukee went on to lose this one 6-3. The 26-year-old speedster is batting just .223/.285/.348 in 82 total games this season, after finishing with a .285/.369/.457 slash line and a league-leading 62 steals in 2016.
Jul 23 - 5:03 PM

Jonathan Villar, who didn't start Tuesday or Wednesday, went 2-for-5 as the Brewers' leadoff man Thursday.

Unfortunately, he was caught stealing on his steal attempt. Villar is hitting .250 with a .286 OBP in 72 at-bats since coming off the disabled list last month. It looked like he'd reclaim that starting job at second base when he played well in his first few games back, but he's just treading water now.
Jul 20 - 4:11 PM

Jonathan Villar went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a steal in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Not the best of days at the office for Villar, though he did come up with his 17th steal of the season in the contest. He does not figure to approach the operatic high that were his 62 steals last season, but remains an ever-constant threat for theft when he reaches base. That does happen on occasion, but the speedy second baseman is hitting just .221/.287/.351 in 276 at-bats this season.
Jul 16 - 5:52 PM

Jonathan Villar is starting at second base and hitting leadoff Monday against the Orioles.

Villar has now started four out of the last five games at second base. Eric Sogard previously looked like a potential threat for playing time, but he has cooled off considerably of late.
Jul 3 - 11:26 AM

Jonathan Villar hit two home runs as the Brewers trounced the Reds 11-3 on Thursday.

Villar had two of the club's six homers on the evening, bopping solo shots in the third and fourth innings. The homers were massively important for Villar, who has returned from the disabled list to find himself in a fight for playing time with Eric Sogard. At the top of his game, few in Major League Baseball offer what the 26-year-old does, as demonstrated last season. His .220/.287/.371 line to date is underwhelming to say the least, but Thursday's performance lends hope to the idea that he'll still get it straightened out this year.
Jun 30 - 12:38 AM

Jonathan Villar is not in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds.

In other words, Villar is sitting in his return from the disabled list while the hot-hitting Eric Sogard will start at second base and hit leadoff. He struggled before hitting the DL with a back strain and now his playing time could be in jeopardy. Ryan Braun, who was also activated from the DL on Tuesday, is in the lineup.
Jun 27 - 3:47 PM

Brewers activated INF Jonathan Villar from the 10-day disabled list.

Villar landed on the disabled list with a back strain earlier this month, but he made it through a brief rehab assignment with no issues while going 8-for-13. The Brewers will have to hope that he can keep it going in his return to the active roster. Villar has put up a disappointing .213/.283/.342 batting line so far this season. The hot-hitting Eric Sogard could cut into his playing time.
Jun 27 - 3:22 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Stephen Vogt
2Manny Pina
3Jett Bandy
4Andrew Susac
5Jacob Nottingham
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Mauricio Dubon
3B1Travis Shaw
LF1Ryan Braun
2Hernan Perez
CF1Keon Broxton
2Brett Phillips
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Brandon Woodruff
5Brent Suter
6Junior Guerra
7Freddy Peralta
8Marcos Diplan
Relief Pitcher
R1Corey Knebel
2Jacob Barnes
3Oliver Drake
4Jeremy Jeffress
5Josh Hader
6Jared Hughes
7Wei-Chung Wang
8Taylor Williams
9Aaron Wilkerson
10Dylan Baker
11Michael Brady