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Jonathan Villar | Second Baseman | #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
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Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 and knocked in four runs Tuesday against the Reds.
Villar is batting just .189 and has already struck out 33 times, but he's managed 14 RBI from the leadoff spot, giving him just as many as Ryan Braun has collected batting third. Apr 26 - 12:51 AM

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Jonathan Villar is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

It's his first day off this season, as Nick Franklin will fill in for Villar at second base and in the leadoff spot. The Brewers are resting a few regulars Sunday, as Domingo Santana (replaced by Hernan Perez in right field) and Keon Broxton (replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center) are also sitting out.

Jonathan Villar doubled, drew two walks, scored a run, and stole three bases in Friday’s blowout win over the Reds.

Villar had just one steal through his first 10 games, so he’s making up for lost time. It has been a rough start to the season for him. Even after Friday’s game, Villar is hitting just .174 with a .224 on-base percentage. He’s been striking out in bunches, but nights like this one show why he was so coveted in drafts this spring.
Apr 14 - 10:41 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 and cracked a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays.

It has been struggle city so far this season for Villar, so this nice game was a sight for sore eyes to his fantasy owners. He took Marcus Stroman over the wall in center field to provide an insurance run in the sixth inning. Villar has struck out 15 times against one walk in 39 at-bats. He improved his line to .179/.200/.436 with three home runs and six RBI. He has just one steal so far after leading the majors with 62 last season.
Apr 12 - 10:06 PM

Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5, stole a base and jerked a solo home run against the Cubs on Saturday.

He got the game started with a leadoff home run to center field in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks. It has been a slow start to the season for Villar, who is now batting just .192/.222/.462 with two home runs, five RBI and the one steal after one week's worth of games. He turned in a .285 batting average with 19 home runs, 92 runs scored and led the majors with 62 stolen bases last year.
Apr 8 - 11:39 PM

Jonathan Villar was hitless in five at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's win against the Cubs.

Villar and Domingo Santana were a combined 0-for-10 on Friday, failing to set the table. The middle infielder is off to a rough start, striking out 10 times in just 21 at-bats. Villar had a lot of success in 2016 in the leadoff spot, but manager Craig Counsell has kicked around the idea of using Keon Broxton in the top spot and if Villar continues to struggle he might be dropped to the two-hole sooner rather than later.
Apr 8 - 12:46 AM

Manager Craig Counsell confirmed Friday that Jonathan Villar will bat leadoff for the Brewers.

Counsell had been toying at the idea of having Keon Broxton hit atop the lineup with Villar second, but he'll instead keep the speedster where he had immense success in 2016. Ryan Braun is locked into the third spot in the lineup while the rest of the lineup will be fluid.
Mar 31 - 6:15 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Nick Franklin
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Wily Peralta
5Jimmy Nelson
6Matt Garza
7Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Corey Knebel
3Jacob Barnes
4Jhan Marinez
5Carlos Torres
6Jared Hughes
7Oliver Drake
8Brent Suter