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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
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Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Brewers take out the Braves 6-2 on Thursday.
If he's not doing it with his legs, he's doing it with his stick, as evidenced by Thursday's solo dinger. The homer was his second of the season to give him 16 RBI, and he's got 21 runs scored through Thursday's game. More importantly, Villar has 15 steals to lead the National League, and his .295/.392/.416 line is all gravy as well. May 27 - 12:16 AM

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Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a walk in Wednesday's extra-inning affair with the Braves.

Villar collected his 14th double of the year and is now hitting .290/.386/.395 on the year. He'll make questionable decisions at times -- such as getting thrown out at third base with nobody out, which he did on Wednesday -- but the 25-year-old has done far more good than bad in 2015. He now has 15 RBI to match his 15 stolen bases.
May 26 - 12:09 AM

Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

Villar ended up scoring the winning run after walking, stealing second and scoring on a Scooter Gennett single in the eighth inning. The stolen base was his 15th of the season. Villar has thrived in an everyday role with the Brewers, batting .287/.385/.389 in 43 games.
May 24 - 10:32 PM

Jonathan Villar is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday against the Reds.

Nothing more than a regular day of rest for Villar, who is hitting .263/.375/.368 with a homer, six RBI and a league-leading eight stolen bases this season. Yadiel Rivera will start in his place at shortstop and bat eighth for the Brewers.
May 7 - 2:24 PM

Jonathan Villar doubled in two runs, walked and stole a base Monday against the Angels.

Villar has five steals in five games, raising his season total to seven. He's doing a great job of getting on base for the Brewers, and it now seems pretty likely that he'll remain a regular once Orlando Arcia gets the call, probably at third base.
May 2 - 11:46 PM

Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with a walk, three stolen bases, and two runs scored Thursday against the Cubs.

Domingo Santana got the day off Thursday, so Villar made his second start of the season out of the leadoff spot. He took advantage of the opportunity, increasing his batting average from .230 to .262 with his big day at the plate. He was also finally active on the base paths. The 24-year-old entered the day just 2-for-4 in stolen base attempts this season.
Apr 28 - 8:51 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

Villar missed a couple games after turning his ankle, but he's fine. He will be at shortstop and batting second for the Brew Crew on Friday against Jeff Locke and the Pirates.
Apr 15 - 1:57 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) is expected back Friday.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he wanted to give Villar one more day Thursday in St. Louis. Villar tweaked his ankle on a stolen base attempt earlier this week. Yadiel Rivera is starting at short versus the Cardinals.
Apr 14 - 2:05 PM

Jonathan Villar (ankle) is out again Thursday.

Villar tweaked his ankle on a stolen base attempt earlier this week. He remains day-to-day. Yadiel Rivera is starting at shortstop Thursday afternoon in St. Louis.
Apr 14 - 11:35 AM

Jonathan Villar is not in Wednesday's lineup due to an ankle injury.

Villar tweaked the ankle on a recent stolen base attempt and is considered day-to-day. Yadiel Rivera will start at shortstop in his place Wednesday night in St. Louis.
Apr 13 - 7:47 PM

Jonathan Villar homered off Madison Bumgarner in the Brewers' season-opening loss to the Giants on Monday.

Scooter Gennett also went deep off the Giants ace, who was recovering from the flu. Villar can be a nice source of fantasy production this season in Milwaukee until top shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia arrives. Not so much as a power source, but for steals and runs scored. Villar batted second on Monday.
Apr 4 - 6:11 PM

Jonathan Villar doubled, stole two bases, and scored a run Friday against the Reds.

Villar hasn't been overly impressive at the plate this spring, but he appears locked into the starting shortstop job to begin the year. The former Astro could be a sneaky source of steals in fantasy leagues, at least until the Brewers call up top prospect Orlando Arcia this summer.
Mar 18 - 7:18 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell is considering hitting Jonathan Villar leadoff this season.

Villar is a career .236/.300/.353 hitter at the major league level, so he's obviously not an ideal fit for the leadoff spot. However, the Brewers don't have many options, with Scooter Gennett likely being the other alternative. The club could wind up using both in the leadoff spot, with the left-handed hitting Gennett batting there against righties and the switch-hitting Villar settling in the spot versus lefties. Villar isn't a good hitter, but he can run and being used in the leadoff spot would add to his appeal in fantasy leagues. Ultimately, though, he's just a placeholder for top prospect Orlando Arcia, who should arrive around midseason.
Mar 4 - 10:35 AM

Jonathan Villar tripled and scored a run Thursday as the Brewers' split-squad team beat the Cubs 2-1.

Following the Jean Segura trade, Villar is locked in as the Brewers’ shortstop to begin 2016. He doesn’t figure to hit for average, but his speed could be pretty useful in deeper fantasy leagues until top prospect Orlando Arcia is deemed ready for the majors. We’d expect Arcia to arrive around June or so.
Mar 3 - 6:11 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Friday that Jonathan Villar will open the season as the club's starting shortstop.

The 24-year-old was acquired from the Astros this winter, and it appears he'll hold down the fort at shortstop until prospect Orlando Arcia is ready to take over. Villar possesses a good bit of speed and should be able to carve out value as a middle infielder in deeper formats for as long as he has the job.
Feb 26 - 10:11 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Colin Walsh
SS1Jonathan Villar
3B1Aaron Hill
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
2Rymer Liriano
CF1Kirk Nieuwenhuis
2Ramon Flores
3Alex Presley
RF1Domingo Santana
2Keon Broxton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Wily Peralta
3Matt Garza
4Chase Anderson
5Zach Davies
6Junior Guerra
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeremy Jeffress
2Will Smith
3Corey Knebel
4Michael Blazek
5Tyler Thornburg
6Carlos Torres
7Yhonathan Barrios
8Sean Nolin
9Zack Jones
10Blaine Boyer
11Chris Capuano
12David Goforth
13Jhan Marinez