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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 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. Oct 4 - 11:22 AM

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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.
Sep 29 - 12:06 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.
Sep 27 - 12:21 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.
Sep 16 - 11:27 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.
Sep 13 - 10:06 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.
Sep 8 - 12:09 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.
Sep 6 - 11:28 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.
Sep 6 - 9:22 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.
Sep 5 - 9:37 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.

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.
Sep 3 - 6:17 PM

Jonathan Villar is not in the Brewers starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Pirates.

It looks like nothing more than a regular day of rest for the Brewers' infielder. Hernan Perez is sliding over to play third base while Keon Broxton will start in center field and bat leadoff against Ivan Nova and the Pirates on Saturday.
Sep 3 - 3:49 PM

Jonathan Villar stroked two singles and stole a base versus the Mariners on Saturday.

The 2-for-4 night boosted his batting average back to the .300 mark. He was recently passed by Billy Hamilton for the league lead in stolen bases but he still ranks second with 48 swipes in 117 games.
Aug 21 - 12:24 AM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a homer, a steal and three runs scored versus the Mariners on Friday.

Villar has been on a skid, but only on the basepaths; he was 1-for-4 attempting steals in his previous nine games. The Brewers, though, won't care to curb his aggressiveness when it comes to stealing bases. They'll probably do as much running as any team in baseball the rest of the way.
Aug 20 - 2:32 AM

Jonathan Villar had a big day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, going 1-for-3 with a homer and a pair of stolen bases.

It's the third time this year that Villar has delivered a jack and a bag in the same contest. His 43 stolen bases pace all of baseball while he's slashing a terrific .306/.391/.454 with nine homers and 41 RBI. He has been one of the best all-around fantasy performers this season and will win plenty of titles for season-long players this year.
Aug 7 - 9:03 PM

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C1Martin Maldonado
2Manny Pina
3Andrew Susac
4Josmil Pinto
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Yadiel Rivera
SS1Orlando Arcia
2Jake Elmore
3B1Jonathan Villar
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Keon Broxton
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Domingo Santana
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S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Jimmy Nelson
4Matt Garza
5Chase Anderson
6Wily Peralta
7Taylor Jungmann
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4Blaine Boyer
5Carlos Torres
6Jacob Barnes
7Jhan Marinez
8Rob Scahill
9Tyler Cravy
10Sean Nolin
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