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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
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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

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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

Brewers placed 2B Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Villar left Friday night's game with back spasms and obviously the Brewers felt he wasn't going to be ready for at least another 10 days. The 26-year-old was a league-winner in fantasy leagues last season but has been a colossal disappointment so far in 2017, hitting just .213 with six homers, 26 RBI and 14 steals. Look for Eric Sogard to man second base in his absence.
Jun 10 - 6:39 PM

Jonathan Villar was suffering from back spasms when he left Friday's game. The results of X-rays aren't yet known.

The especially good news is that it doesn't sound like Villar hurt his head or neck in his violent dive to the ground. The back spasms seemed awfully severe, though, as he had to be driven off the field on a cart. Consider him day-to-day until more information becomes available.
Jun 10 - 2:15 AM

Jonathan Villar left Friday's game with an apparent back injury after making a diving stop.

Villar was able to throw to first and make the play after hitting the ground, but he went back down afterwards and couldn't stand back up, causing the Brewers to call for the cart. A DL stint seems rather likely here, so expect a lot more of Eric Sogard at second and Orlando Arcia at shortstop.
Jun 10 - 1:45 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Manny Pina
3Jett Bandy
4Andrew Susac
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Neil Walker
2Jonathan Villar
3Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
LF1Ryan Braun
2Hernan Perez
CF1Keon Broxton
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Matt Garza
5Brent Suter
6Brandon Woodruff
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Anthony Swarzak
3Jacob Barnes
4Oliver Drake
5Carlos Torres
6Jeremy Jeffress
7Josh Hader
8Jared Hughes