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6 Jonathan Villar SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 5/2/1991 | Birthplace: La Vega, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 50/31 | Average Draft Position: 238.61
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Jonathan Villar hits third homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar got the scoring started Saturday, and put together the team's loan multi-hit performance in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

Villar was 2 for 3 at the bottom of the order, including a solo home run in the third inning to gain an early lead. He scored twice, as well, while raising his batting average to .212.

 Villar has been un unexpected source of power for the Astros, launching three home runs in 18 games, after finished the 2013 season with just one in 58 games. He is still hitting just .212/.293/.442 with three home runs and six RBI in 52 at-bats. 


Jonathan Villar breaks game open with two-run bomb


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar launched his second home run of the season Thursday night against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Villar took Toronto ace R.A. Dickey deep for a three-run home run, breaking the game open in the seventh innings. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI in a 6-4 victory. He is hitting .226 (7 for 31) with two home runs and five RBI in 10 games.

Jonathan Villar clubs first home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar hit his first home run of the year Sunday against the Angels.

Villar waited until the seventh inning to strike. He hit a first pitch slider from Matt Shoemaker out to right for a solo shot. Villar had previously walked in the game, and also picked up his second steal. 

Villar finished the game 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI.


Jonathan Villar pulled for rookie mistake


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Astros rookie shortstop Jonathan Villar was yanked out of the game Tuesday against Minnesota in the third inning after he was thrown out at second foolishly attempting to stretch a leadoff single into a double, the Houston Chronicle reports. 

Manager Bo Porter said he spoke with Villar after the game, but knew he had to make a move as soon as Villar made the mistake. 

"It was a no-brainer for me," Porter said. "As the umpire was calling him out at second base I was telling (Marwin Gonzalez) to get ready to go to shortstop. I believe that Jonathan will receive the message properly. Because him and I talked about it. I believe this will help him moving forward."

Villar leads all rookies in the majors with 12 stolen bases over just 33 games. Porter will not take away his aggressiveness, but wants him to be smarter on the basepaths. 


Jonathan Villar steals 11th base


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar returned to the lineup following a thumb issue during Monday's loss to Houston. Villar received a walk during the game and finished 0 for 2 with a strikeout. 

Villar, who also stole his 11th base, had been out since Aug. 6. He's batting .236 on the season over 55 at-bats with one RBI. 


Jonathan Villar returns


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar has returned to the team's starting lineup Monday against the Rangers. 

Villar has been dealing with an injured left thumb, and has not hit since August 6. There was a chance Villar would head to the disabled list, but he managed to avoid it. Villar is hitting .245/.344/.302 in 53 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar expected back Monday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) The Astros expect to have shortstop Jonathan Villar back in the starting lineup Monday against Texas in the series finale, the Houston Chronicle reports Sunday. Villar could not start Sunday's game but should avoid the disabled list. Villar was expected to return to the lineup by the weekend after last playing in Wednesday's game.

Jonathan Villar bound for DL?


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar may be headed for the disabled list as he could not return to the lineup Sunday against Texas. Villar continues to deal with an injured left thumb. 

Villar was expected to return to the lineup by the weekend after last playing in Wednesday's game. If he cannot return soon, a back-dated DL stint could be in his future. 


Jonathan Villar not back yet


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar did not get the start Saturday against Texas. He continues to be day to day due to his injured left thumb. Villar was originally expected to return to the lineup by the weekend, but results of an MRI have not yet been released. 

Jonathan Villar could be back by weekend, pending MRI


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar underwent an MRI on his injured left thumb  Wednesday, the results of which have not yet been made available. General manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com he expects Villar to be back in the lineup by the weekend, after getting a few days off to rest and heal.  

Good times ahead for Jonathan Villar


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/7/2013) Even though Jonathan Villar has been in something of a funk at the plate over the past week, there is reason to get excited about him for Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 12-18). Despite going 5 for 24 (.208) over his last seven games and getting dropped to ninth in the Astros' batting order, Villar has stolen five more bases over that span. He should be able to pad that total even more next week, assuming his sprained thumb doesn't keep him out.

That's because the Astros will face the Angels in a weekend series. Just this Monday, Villar stole three bases off Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has allowed more stolen bases than any major league catcher aside from Chris Iannetta. When the Astros head to Anaheim, Iannetta should be behind the plate for a good portion of that series.

Villar has started to pick his offense back up, getting hits in his last four at-bats, but even if he doesn't build on that, he should get on base enough to make an impact in the steals category. That's especially true next week, as he could take advantage of yet another catcher who has struggled to throw runners out.


Jonathan Villar sits day after injuring thumb


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) As expected, Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox because of left thumb sprain sustained Tuesday. Villar was replaced by Jake Elmore in the lineup.

Villar said after Tuesday's game he might need a few days before returning to the lineup.


Jonathan Villar hopes to be back in 2-3 days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar suffered a left thumb sprain trying to steal third base Tuesday against the Red Sox, but the rookie is confident he won't be sidelined for long, according to the Houston Chronicle. Villar had his first major-league RBI in the same inning Tuesday.

"All is good. It’s just inflammation," Villar said. "I stole the base and my thumb bent a bit. I should be ready to go in two or three days."


Jonathan Villar sprains thumb Tuesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar had to leave Tuesday's home game against Boston in the fifth inning due to a sprained left thumb, MLB.com reports. He is day to day. 

Villar went 2 for 2 in the game with his 10th stolen base before leaving. He singled twice and scored and drove in a run for the Astros. 

The exciting 22-year-old speedster has 10 stolen bases over his first 15 games with five in his last four contests alone. 


Jonathan Villar steals three bases


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar continued to have a solid start to his career Monday in a 2-0 win over Boston. Villar stole three bases in the game. 

The rookie, batting ninth, went 2 for 2 with two singles. He added a walk as he now has nine steals on the year over just 14 games. 


Jonathan Villar has straight steal of home


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) Astros shortstop and leadoff hitter rookie Jonathan Villar recorded a straight steal of home in the third inning of Tuesday's game at Baltimore. Villar's fifth stolen base of the season made the score 3-0 Astros at the time. 

Villar, who singled earlier in the inning, was batting .286 at the time of the stolen base. The 22-year-old has hits in four straight games and four SBs over that stretch. 


Jonathan Villar swipes two bags


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar made a major impact in Saturday's 8-6 win at Toronto. Villar stole two bases in three attempts and reached base three times in the game. 

Villar, who led off for Houston, went 1 for 3 with two walks and two runs scored. He was also involved in two double plays in the field. Villar is batting .273 for the Astros after 22 at-bats. 

The 22-year-old went 4 for 8 in his first two games but cooled off in his next three before showing off his skills Saturday against the Blue Jays. 


Jonathan Villar dazzles in debut


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Astros top prospect Jonathan Villar singled, stole a base and scored in his major league debut Monday in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics. 

Villar went 1 for 4 in his debut. The No. 12 prospect in the system, according to MLB.com, bunted for a single in his second at-bat. 

Villar was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City after Sunday's game and was hitting .278 with 16 doubles, eight triples, eight homers and 41 RBI with 31 stolen bases in the minors. 


Jonathan Villar can deliver steals


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/22/2013) Lost among the Astros' high-profile prospects was Jonathan Villar, but he's arriving in Houston before Jonathan Singleton or George Springer, and he can help your deep-league Fantasy squad right now. Villar has stolen at least 30 bases in each of his last four minor-league seasons, so he could pad your team's stolen base total while providing a little pop.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Villar will take over the starting shortstop job from Jake Elmore, so playing time shouldn't be an issue for the 22-year-old. Villar doesn't have the best plate discipline, so he could be a liability for batting average or on-base percentage. However, he has shown some moderate home run thump, including the eight home runs he hit for Triple-A Oklahoma City this year in 338 at-bats.

Villar's inexperience and tendency to strike out limits his value, but for his steals and playing time alone, he is worth adding in virtually all NL-only formats.


Jonathan Villar recalled


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2013) The Astros recalled shortstop Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Oklahoma City following Sunday's game against the Mariners, according to MLB.com. Villar batted .278 with 16 doubles, eight homers, 41 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 338 at-bats during his first season at Triple-A.

Astros reassign 10 to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2013) The Astros announced Sunday they reassigned Sergio Escalona, C.J. Fick, Che-Hsuan Lin, Carlos Perez, Josh Zeid, Paul Clemens, Robbie Grossman, Dallas Keuchel, Jimmy Paredes and Jonathan Villar to minor-league camp.

Astros prospect Villar suffers hand injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2012) The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that Astros shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar will miss at least six weeks after fracturing his right hand while punching a door.