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
The Chicago Cubs designated infielder Jonathan Villar for assignment on Friday and activated infielder David Bote (shoulder, head) from the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move. Villar was scratched from the starting lineup on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but instead he'll be waived after hitting just .222/.271/.327 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 19 runs scored and six stolen bases in 46 games for the Cubbies. The 31-year-old veteran switch-hitter should latch on with another organization for his speed alone. With Villar out of the picture in Chicago now, expect Bote and Andrelton Simmons to split time at the keystone until Nick Madrigal (groin) returns from the injured list.
The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Jonathan Villar (mouth) on the 10-day injured list on Monday and recalled Nelson Velazquez from the minors in a corresponding move. Villar needs significant dental work. The Cubs also selected the contract of Matt Swarmer and moved Ethan Roberts to the 60-day injured list. The move to put Villar on the IL is retroactive to Friday. The 31-year-old switch-hitter has a slash line of .239/.279/.336 with two home runs, 12 RBI, 13 runs scored and four stolen bases in 122 plate appearances over 32 games this year in his first year in Chicago. Villar is still useful for some modest speed in deeper leagues when he's healthy.
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.
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.