Jonathan Villar Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/2/1991 (31)
Jonathan Villar Season Stats
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Jonathan Villar News
Chicago Cubs infielder Jonathan Villar is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Nico Hoerner will be covering shortstop while Nick Madrigal will be holding down the keystone for the game. Villar is off to a nice start to the season, slashing .341/.380/.386 with two doubles, eight RBI and eight runs over 12 games. He's been primarily hitting in the middle third of the Cubs lineup this year. He hasn't launched his first home run of 2022 quite yet, but he's been making good contact with a 40.5% hard-hit rate.
Chicago Cubs infielder Jonathan Villar is batting leadoff for the first time this year in Tuesday's game against Matt Wisler and the Tampa Bay Rays. Villar is off to a hot start to the year offensively. Over six games, he's slashing .450/.500/.550 with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. The Cubs have shuffled through a number of different leadoff hitters so far this year. Nick Madrigal led off on Monday while Clint Frazier led off on Sunday.
Chicago Cubs infielder Jonathan Villar will be on the bench to start Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed starter Jose Quintana. Villar signed with the Cubs as a free agent in March and registered a walk and a run scored in four plate appearances in his only game for the club this season. In 505 plate appearances with the New York Mets last season, Villar hit .249 with a .322 on-base percentage, 18 home runs, and 14 stolen bases. It'll be Patrick Wisdom starting at third base on Tuesday against Quintana, with Nico Hoerner at shortstop, Nick Madrigal at second base, and Frank Schwindel at first base. Wisdom is batting third, while Schwindel, Madrigal and Hoerner are hitting fourth, sixth and ninth respectively. Madrigal is the only one of the four who has faced Quintana at the Major League level. The second baseman didn't record a hit in his only plate appearance against the starter.
It took the veteran infielder a while to find a home in free agency, but he finally settled on a one-year, $3.55 million deal to provide infield depth for the New York Mets. The 29-year-old utility man played second base, shortstop and center field last season with the Marlins and Blue Jays and hit a combined .232/.301/.292 with just two home runs, 15 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 52 games. The switch-hitter is expected to join Luis Guillorme in providing infield backup behind third baseman J.D. Davis, shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jeff McNeil. While Villar will see starts around the infield and can spell McNeil against tough left-handers at the keystone, it's clear that he won't be an everyday player in Queens, dropping his fantasy appeal in mixed leagues. Villar hit a career-high 24 home runs and stole 40 bags as recently as 2019 with the Orioles in 162 games, but the power/speed allure is lessened in a utility role for an improved Mets roster. The veteran middle infielder is a fine target around his current ADP of 145, though, as fantasy managers look for late-round speed.