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Jonathan Villar | Shortstop

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 214
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Astros recalled INF Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Fresno.
Villar tallied just one hit in 15 plate appearances with the Astros earlier this season. The 23-year-old speedster should see some playing time at shortstop while Jed Lowrie (thumb) is out and could be worth a look in deeper leagues due to his speed. Apr 28 - 5:50 PM

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Astros optioned INF Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move was made to make room for RHP Josh Fields, returning from the DL. Villar's seen limited at-bats this season and has notched one hit in 15 plate appearances. He played well in spring training (.286/.390/.486) and could be called up again should the Astros need an extra infielder. Just don't expect him to pop up on the fantasy radar.
Apr 23 - 3:00 AM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) has been cleared for game action.

Villar was held out of workouts for a day due to a sprained ankle, but he's fine. The 23-year-old has a good shot at a utility role with a .286/.390/.486 batting line so far this camp.
Mar 27 - 3:57 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) was held out of workouts Thursday in Astros camp.

Villar left Wednesday's exhibition game with a right ankle sprain, but he told reporters Thursday that he is already feeling much better. The 23-year-old infielder should be fine for the start of the season, though it's unclear what his role will be.
Mar 26 - 12:18 PM

Jonathan Villar exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a right ankle sprain.

Villar suffered the injury in a collision with his teammate Robbie Grossman. We should have more clarity on his status soon.
Mar 25 - 3:15 PM

Jonathan Villar (leg) did not sustain an injury after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

Villar got hit with a pitch right above the right knee in Saturday's game, staying down before leaving the game. He was able to walk off the field, though, and after the game Astros manager A.J. Hinch said removing him was a precautionary matter. Villar should be fine a day or two.
Mar 15 - 12:03 AM

Jonathan Villar left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch in the right leg.

The good news is that Villar walked off under his own power. The Astros should provide an update shortly.
Mar 14 - 8:12 PM

Jonathan Villar will play some second and third base during spring training.

Villar has only played shortstop in his two seasons with the Astros, but his best shot at a roster spot in 2015 will be as a utility player. The 23-year-old does have some limited experience at second base (20 games) and third base (three games) from his minor league days.
Feb 22 - 9:43 AM

Astros recalled INF Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Villar batted just .200/.255/.342 prior to being demoted in late June. His speed has value, but it's unclear how much he'll play down the stretch.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 01:23:00 PM

Astros optioned SS Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Villar batted just .200/.255/.342 overall and a sickly .160/.211/.217 across his last 33 games to earn the demotion. He's gone deep a surprising six times and has 14 stolen bases, but most of that production was early on. Marwin Gonzalez will see the bulk of the playing time at shortstop while Villar tries to figure things out at Triple-A.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases against the Rays on Sunday.

Villar doesn't do much on most nights, but he's now got 13 stolen bases and five home runs this season. Still, the shortstop is batting .200/.257/.338 and can be ignored outside of AL-only leagues.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 07:50:00 PM

Jonathan Villar is back in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

He had missed the previous four games with a sore right elbow. Villar is batting just .193/.260/.355 over 54 games with the Astros this season.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Jonathan Villar is out of the Astros' lineup Wednesday against the Angels with a sore elbow.

Villar had his elbow wrapped in the Astros' clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, but he is aiming to return Thursday. Marwin Gonzalez will be starting in his place.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Jonathan Villar delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning on Friday, leading the Astros to their fifth straight victory, a 2-1 decision over the Orioles.

The Astros offense had been brutally silent heading into the seventh frame, when Robbie Grossman and Villar delivered back-to-back run-scoring doubles to put the Astros on top to stay. Villar has struggled at the plate this season, hitting just .200/.260/.369.
Sat, May 31, 2014 12:26:00 AM

Jonathan Villar went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 0-for-14 over his last four games.

Villar is at .172 in 64 at-bats for the month, but it has come with seven steals and a couple of homers. He figures to remain a low-average guy throughout, but since he is a terrific basestealer on those rare occasions that he's on first, he has some fantasy value anyway.
Sat, May 24, 2014 12:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Robbie Grossman
CF1Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
2L.J. Hoes
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Roberto Hernandez
5Samuel Deduno
6Brett Oberholtzer
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Joe Thatcher