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2 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%: 18/3 | Average Draft Position: 238.50
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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.


Jonathan Villar out of Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar has been benched for the Thursday afternoon game against Atlanta in favor of Marwin Gonzalez.

Villar has struggled making contact with 66 strikeouts in 219 at-bats. He owns a stat line of .205/.258/.352.


Jonathan Villar catching break Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar is getting Saturday off for the game at Tampa Bay. Marwin Gonzalez is set to start instead.

Villar, who homered Friday night in a defeat of the Rays, has hit safely in five of his last six games.


Jonathan Villar returns Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Twins.

Villar has been sidelined with an elbow injury. He was hit by a pitch Wednesday, and had to be removed from the game. Villar will play short and hit eighth in his return. 


Jonathan Villar still sitting Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar remains out of the lineup Saturday with an elbow issue that has prevented him from playing since Tuesday.

Villar, who sustained the injury on a hit-by-pitch, can only hope he brings a better approach and swing to the plate when he does come back. He is batting .031 in his last 33 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar still absent from Houston lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar remains out of the lineup Friday in Minnesota. He has been sidelined since getting plunked in the elbow Tuesday night.

Villar was certainly not hitting with a healthy elbow. He had just one hit in his last 33 at-bats as his average sunk to .193.


Jonathan Villar out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.

Villar is dealing with an elbow issue. He was hit by a pitch Tuesday, and had to miss Wednesday's game. Villar is hitting .193 over 166 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar out Wednesday after HBP


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar was not in the starting lineup Wednesday, after he was hit by a pitch on his right elbow Tuesday. Luckily, he appears to have avoided a serious injury, as manager Bo Porter told the Houston Chronicle before the game against the Angels.

"Obviously he's going to be a little sore," manager Bo Porter said. "I think it's just day-to-day, he should be fine, but we'll give him the day today and Marwin will play shortstop and hopefully something that will be behind us tomorrow."

Villar has been in a slump prior to the injury, going just 1 for his last 33 since May 20. He is hitting just .193 on the season. 


Jonathan Villar remains in lineup Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar is back in the lineup Wednesday.

Villar returned from a thumb injury Tuesday, and will make his second consecutive start at short. He's slated to hit ninth against the Royals. Villar is hitting .207/.261/.380 in 150 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar returns to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels after taking Monday off for precautionary measures regarding his injured thumb.

"He had an extra day of treatment, and it obviously helped," manager Bo Porter said. "When it comes to injuries and player safety, I always try to be on the side of caution."

Villar has hit .233/.287/.429 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 133 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar expected to return to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Astros infielder Jonathan Villar was not in the starting lineup Monday while nursing a thumb injury, but he is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"He's fine," manager Bo Porter said before Monday's game. "I just wanted to give him an extra day. He'll go through a normal workday [of batting, fielding] today, and tomorrow he should be back in there."

Villar has hit .233/.287/.429 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 133 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.

Villar left Sunday's game due to a hand contusion and remains day-to-day. He has hit .233/.287/.429 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 133 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar leaves game Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar left Sunday's game with a right hand contusion.

Villar went 2 for 2 during the game. He stole a base in the second inning, but was able to bat in the fourth. He was replaced by Marwin Gonzalez before his next at-bat.


Hitters to sit in Week 8


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/17/2014) Planning on starting Josmil Pinto, Juan Francisco, Brandon Phillips, Martin Prado, Jonathan Villar or Chris Colabello in Fantasy Week 8 (May 19-25)? You might want to think twice about that.

I have them all as "sits" in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Find out why by clicking here.


Hitters to start in Week 7


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/10/2014) Need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 7 (May 12-18)? Yasmani Grandal, Adam LaRoche, Derek Dietrich, Todd Frazier, Jonathan Villar and George Springer are all "starts" in my book.

Find out why in the latest edition of Start and Sit Hitters.


Jonathan Villar gets the nod Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

Villar was held out of Wednesday's game due to a jammed thumb, though he did appear as a pinch-runner. He's set to play short and bat second Thursday. Villar is hitting .250, with five home runs, in 100 at-bats. 


Jonathan Villar out of lineup Wednesday with jammed thumb


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Astros infielder Jonathan Villar is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers while nursing a jammed thumb, MLB.com reports.

Despite injury, Villar will be available to play off the bench. He has hit .250/.312/.510 with five home runs, 13 RBI and six stolen bases in 100 at-bats.


Jonathan Villar is a must-start in Rotisserie


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/7/2014) As I wrote in an entry on our Fantasy Baseball Today blog, Jonathan Villar is part of a small and acccomplished group right now. Brian Dozier and Charlie Blackmon are the only other players to have at least five home runs and five stolen bases. Few would have expected any of these players to have 20-20 seasons this year, and Villar would have to pick up his pace only a little to be on target for a 30-30 season.

As you probably suspect, it's a little too good to be true, but a 20-20 season for Villar isn't a totally outlandish prospect. After the Astros' shortstop hit flyballs at a measly 10 percent rate as a rookie and produced just a single home run in 58 games, it was hard to put much stock in his minor league power numbers. Villar did hit eight home runs in 91 games in Triple-A and 21 home runs in 169 Double-A games.

So far this season, Villar has increased his flyball rate to 22 percent, which at least gives him a fighting chance for a 15-to-20 homer pace, and he has already hit a pair of line drive home runs. Fantasy owners shouldn't look to Villar to hit more than .240 or to cut back his strikeout rate enough to matter in points leagues, but he doesn't need a high average to be a must-start option in Rotisserie leagues.


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.