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2 Jonathan Villar SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/214 | Birthdate: 5/2/1991 | Birthplace: La Vega, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Jose Altuve out of Astros' lineup for first time this year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, after 44 starts. 

Altuve snapped a string of 88 straight starts, dating back to last season. He's replaced by Marwin Gonzalez, who moves over from shortstop. 

Jonathan Villar replaces Gonzalez at short. 


Marlins pitcher Mat Latos expected to make start on Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is out of the starting lineup on Monday against the Athletics, the team announced.

Jonathan Villar will draw the start at third with Marwin Gonzalez starting at shortstop. Valbuena had started the last 13 games in a row for Houston. He is hitting .206 with 16 RBI in 136 at-bats this season.

The Astros are currently the favorites (-120) against Oakland.


Hank Conger replaces Jason Castro in Astros' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. 

Hank Conger gets his tenth start of the season behind the plate, hitting eighth in the lineup. 

Shortstop Jonathan Villar also got his eighth start of the season, replacing Marwin Gonzalez


Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez out of the starting lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Giants with Jonathan Villar drawing the start, the team announced.

Although the two have been splitting time at short, Gonzalez started the last three games for Houston. Villar is hitting .182 in 33 at-bats this season.


Astros OF Preston Tucker, SS Jonathan Villar in Thursday lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker is wasting no time as a major-leaguer. 

Selected to join the Astros' major-league roster Thursday, Tucker is in Houston's lineup against the Angels. He's hitting eighth and playing left field. 

Shortstop Jonathan Villar is making his first start since May 3 Thursday night. He's batting ninth. 


Jonathan Villar replaces Luis Valbuena at third base for Astros


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Astros left third baseman Luis Valbuena out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game, snapping a string of six straight starts. 

Jonathan Villar will make his third start of the year at third base, batting ninth. 


Chris Carter out of Astros' lineup Saturday, Jonathan Villar in at SS


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) First baseman Chris Carter is out of the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Mariners with Marwin González getting the start instead.

Carter has started at first base 20 of the Astros' 23 games this season.

With Jed Lowrie recently placed on the disabled list, Jonathan Villar will make his second straight start at shortstop on Saturday.

"Villar played very good shortstop (Friday)," manager A.J. Hinch said to the Houston Chronicle. "I want to keep him in the mix. I wanted Marwin to face Walker. He's had limited time against him, but he's had a little bit of success. We have to keep our guys fresh. One of the downsides of carrying 12 position players is the lack of rest you can get your guys. There's only three bench players, especially with (Evan) Gattis being the primary DH.

"So when I can get Carter off his feet for a day and it matches up well with Villar and Gonzo that’s good."


Astros GM says Carlos Correa is 'close' but not yet ready for majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) With Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie on the disabled list and top prospect Carlos Correa off to a torrid start at Double-A, it would make sense for the Astros to call up the talented youngster since he could play regularly with Lowrie months away from returning. 

Yet, despite the calls for Houston to give the 20-year-old Correa a chance to fill in for Lowrie, the Astros are just not ready to make that call.

“Carlos is getting close, but he’s had 70 at-bats above A-ball so we’d like to see more," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow wrote in an email to the New York Post. "We are going to go with [Marwin Gonzalez/Jonathan Villar] for now, but we will be monitoring the situation closely.”

Correa, who is considered a top-five prospect by MLB.com (No. 3) and Baseball America (No. 4), has a .387/.452/.760/1.212 slash line through 18 games for Corpus Christi. He has one triple, five home runs, 11 doubles and 22 RBI.


Astros SS Jed Lowrie tears ligament in thumb, out past All-Star break


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Astros have placed Jed Lowrie on the 15-day DL with a thumb injury, allowing the club to promote shortstop Jonathan Villar, according to the Houston Chronicle. The team later confirmed the report and announced Lowrie will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb that will keep him out until after the All-Star break. 

Lowrie said he was told he suffered a full UCL tear in his thumb. 

"So the ligament came off the bone, but some of the bone came along with the ligament," Lowrie said.

Lowrie injured his thumb while sliding into home plate in Monday's game against the Padres. He is hitting .300 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 60 at-bats this season. Villar is hitting .077 in 13 at-bats this year.


Astros activate P Josh Fields, option IF Jonathan Villar


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The Astros announced that they have activated reliever Josh Fields from the disabled list. 

Fields has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. He's been with Triple-A Fresno and threw five times on a rehab assignment. Fields allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings pitched. He's struck out three batters. 

"Josh Fields is a real weapon in the 'pen anytime during the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "I told him, he'll be used primarily as a bridge in the middle part of the game. Get a couple outings under his belt, we can move him into a number of roles."

To make room for Fields, the Astros optioned infielder Jonathan Villar to Fresno. In seven games played, Villar has only recorded one hit in 13 at-bats. 


Astros' Jonathan Villar frustrated by errors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) After committing 16 errors each of the last two years, Astros infielder Jonathan Villar made a goal for himself this year. "My goal was to not make an error this year at any position," he said, per the Houston Chronicle. "As you saw, I didn’t make an error all of spring training."

That goal went up in smoke on the first ball hit to Villar in Monday's game. Villar was charged with a pair of errors--fielding and throwing--on the grounder to short. 

"I feel stupid," he said. 

"The first ball of the game … I’m not sure what happened," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He just misplayed it. I know he has a history of a couple rough plays like that that he’s trying to overcome that part of his game. But he’s played very well defensively in the time I’ve seen him play here through spring training and into the early parts of the season. He had some great plays at third base the other day. The first one was a fluke. The second error I think he was a little unlucky."


Astros tweak lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch chose to roll with Jonathan Villar at third base and Robbie Grossman in left field Friday night against left-hander Derek Holland and the Rangers, per MLB.com. Luis Valbuena and Colby Rasmus received a day off against the southpaw.

Hinch also flip-flopped struggling DH Evan Gattis and Chris Carter in the batting order. Gattis has started his stint with the Astros 0 for 11 with eighth strikeouts. He will hit fifth, while Carter will move to the cleanup spot.


Jake Marisnick, Jonathan Villar, Will Harris crack Astros' roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick, utility man Jonathan Villar and pitcher Will Harris have all been informed they will break camp with the big-league club, according to the Houston Chronicle.

It will be the first time Marisnick has cracked the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old hit .306/.395/.500 this spring and is a candidate to play regularly at center field.

"It's going to feel like Christmas," Marisnick said.

Villar, 23, batted .209 during his second season in the majors in 2014. This spring, he slashed .256/.356/.436 over 39 at-bats.

"He's made some of the most spectacular plays of the spring, both in the outfield and in the infield," general manager Jeff Luhnow said of Villar. "It's a great story."

Harris, 30, will join Houston's bullpen this season after posting a 4.34 ERA last season with the Diamondbacks. He registered a 2.45 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 5:2 K:BB ratio over 11 innings this spring.


Astros' Grossman, Villar due back in spring lineup Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman (quadriceps) and infielder/outfielder Jonathan Villar (ankle) are expected back in the spring lineup Saturday, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday. Both players were involved in an outfield collision Wednesday.

Astros' Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman remains uncertain Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Though he told reporters that his sprained ankle has gotten better, Astros outfielder Jonathan Villar was held out of workouts on Thursday as a precaution, according to MLB.com. Meanwhile, Robbie Grossman (quadriceps contusion) could return to action as early as Friday.

Both outfielders were involved in an outfield collision on Wednesday. Villar took the legs out from under Grossman while making a sliding catch in the fourth inning against the Phillies. 

Houston will face the Marlins on Friday.


Astros' Villar, Grossman collide in outfield, leave game as precaution


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Astros outfielders Robbie Grossman (quadriceps contusion) and Jonathan Villar (ankle sprain) left Wednesday's game against the Phillies after colliding into each other in the fourth inning.

The injuries are not considered serious as the player removals were precautionary.

Villar, starting in center field, took the legs out from under Grossman while making a sliding catch. 

"I just banged my knee against him," Grossman said.

Villar is hitting .281 with eight RBI this spring while seeing time at shortstop, second base, third base and centerfield. 

Grossman is hitting .389 with one homer and two doubles.


Astros' Jonathan Villar increasing value by learning new positions


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Jonathan Villar is in good position to make the Astros roster, but if he wants to play, he needed to become more versatile. 

So the shortstop has been seeing work at second base, third base and center field. 

He's been terrific this camp," manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. "I'm very proud of his attention to detail. I've been very proud of his openness to move around the field. It's not easy to do for a young player that's been primarily a shortstop his entire career. It's nice to see him hungry enough to be open to the instruction."

Villar is hitting .281 with eight RBI and two stolen bases this spring. Just as important as is production is the work he's putting in to learn three new spots. 

"I've played him as much as you could possibly play in Spring Training, and he's shown up every day with a good attitude," Hinch said. "He's really taken ownership of his career. I don't know if he wasn't doing that before. He can help us win by doing something every day."


Jonathan Villar returns to Astros one day after HBP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Astros outfielder Jonathan Villar returned to the field, Sunday. Villar left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch on the right knee. 

Villar played the final four innings of Sunday's game in center field, going one-for-two.  

“I feel good,” he told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle. “My knee’s fine.”


Astros infielder Jonathan Villar leaves game Saturday after HBP


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Astros infielder Jonathan Villar was forced to leave Saturday's spring training game against the Braves after being hit by a pitch in the right leg, reports MLB.com. Villar was hit just above his right knee, but reportedly did not sustain an injury.

Villar was able to get up and off the field under his own power, but still needed to leave the game for further evaluation.

"That's a pretty sensitive spot to get hit," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He did say he could stay in the game, but I just removed him for precaution reasons. He was only going to play one more inning on defense anyway. Sometimes you squeeze that last at-bat out of him, but in that case it was a painful one for him."


Astros tests Jonathan Villar at CF, Matt Dominguez at 1B


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch used shortstop Jonathan Villar at center field and third baseman Matt Dominguez at first base during a "B" game for Houston on Wednesday, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"A little bit of game live situations that it’s hard to simulate other than playing the game,” Hinch said. "Villar got a few balls. He looks the part out there. Athletes can move around the field pretty easily.

"The key with Dominguez a first is there's a little more responsibility than people think at first base, whether it’s trailing runners or being the cutoff man or playing in, playing back, holding runners, stuff like that. It's an adjustment for him, so he needs as many reps as we can get him over there. He's certainly not spooked by the position."


Astros' Jonathan Villar seeing some time in the outfield this spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar will get the start in the outfield Wednesday when Houston has a split suqad game against the Braves. Manager A.J. Hinch just wants to see Villar's versatility on display, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"Just expand his versatility," said Hinch, who mentioned previously Villar would go to the outfield at some point. "He's a tremendous athlete. You watch him, he shags balls in the outfield all the time. That's a great tool for him to have factoring in to guys that make the team. He's a shortstop first, you've seen him play second base a little bit so far. But see what he looks like out in center field in a 'B' game, who knows? That might increase his possibility of making our club."


Jonathan Villar slugs seventh home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 5-1 loss to the Rangers Wednesday.

The Astros were shut out for seven innings before Villar broke through with a solo home run in the eighth, but that's as far as the Astros comeback would go. It was the shortstop's first home run since rejoining the team in September. Villar has hit .212/.268/.359 with seven home runs, 27 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 259 at-bats.


Astros adding five to expanded roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Astros are set to call up five players to the majors to take advantage of expanded rosters, MLB.com reports Tuesday.

The team will add outfielder L.J. Hoes, shortstop Jonathan Villar, catcher Max Stassi and pitchers Nick Tropeano and Jorge De Leon to the active roster as early as Tuesday. 


Report: Astros to recall Jonathan Villar, three others Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Astros will recall infielder Jonathan Villar, catcher Max Stassi and pitcher Nick Tropeano and Jorge De Leon Tuesday when rosters expand, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The team will need to clear two 40-man roster spots for the pitchers. Villar hit .200/.255/.342 with six home runs, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 225 at-bats with Houston before being sent to the minors.


Astros send Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) The Astros optioned shortstop Jonathan Villar to Triple-A Oklahoma City after Monday's loss.

Villar has hovered around the Mendoza line for much of the season, and he was hitless in nine at-bats over his last three games before the move was made. He has hit .200/.255/.342 with six home runs, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 225 at-bats.