Jonathan Villar
Jonathan Villar
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Toronto Blue Jays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The 108-loss Orioles weren't shy about giving the speedy Villar the green light in 2019, allowing him to finish second in the majors in steals. At the dish, he showed an improved eye (8.5 BB%) to go with some solid pop (career-best .179 ISO), propelling him to a .274/.339/.453 line (107 wRC+). Villar's shoddy defense in the middle infield was an issue, however, and mostly explains the disconnect between his real-life and fantasy value. To that end, the Orioles moved on from Villar this winter, sending him to Miami for a low-level prospect rather than paying the $10 million-plus he was due in arbitration. Considering the Marlins fielded a similarly poor offense in 2019, Villar should remain active on the bases, but the move to Miami hurts his power outlook. Additionally, Villar is a prime candidate to be dealt midseason, and a trade to a contending club may put him at risk of falling into a utility role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $8.2 million contract with the Marlins in January of 2020. Traded to the Blue Jays in August of 2020.
Swipes two bags in win
2BToronto Blue Jays
September 13, 2020
Villar went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI Friday as the Blue Jays took down the Mets 3-2.
ANALYSIS
Villar was very active on the basepaths as he stole bases 10 and 11 on the season while also collecting his 12th RBI. The 29-year-old is hitting .247/.312/.312 and currently ranks third in baseball with 11 steals.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .722 425 46 14 41 23 .264 .307 .416
Since 2018vs Right .749 978 131 26 91 63 .266 .342 .408
2020vs Left .625 55 1 1 3 4 .259 .273 .352
2020vs Right .627 120 11 1 10 7 .243 .336 .291
2019vs Left .742 246 30 9 25 9 .264 .310 .432
2019vs Right .819 467 81 15 48 31 .280 .354 .465
2018vs Left .728 124 15 4 13 10 .267 .315 .414
2018vs Right .702 391 39 10 33 25 .257 .328 .374
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .757 650 83 23 63 35 .262 .327 .430
Since 2018Away .727 753 94 17 69 51 .269 .334 .393
2020Home .662 57 5 1 4 5 .250 .316 .346
2020Away .611 118 7 1 9 6 .248 .316 .295
2019Home .810 352 52 16 39 16 .265 .333 .476
2019Away .775 361 59 8 34 24 .283 .344 .431
2018Home .704 241 26 6 20 14 .260 .321 .384
2018Away .713 274 28 8 26 21 .259 .328 .385
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Stat Review
How does Jonathan Villar compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.37
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
25.3%
 
BABIP
.328
 
ISO
.067
 
AVG
.245
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.313
 
OPS
.628
 
wOBA
.283
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.6%
 
Barrels/PA
1.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After a 2016 breakout, a 2017 dropoff and a tumultuous first half with sporadic playing time, Villar surged again after a trade to Baltimore. Playing close to every day, the speedster hit eight home runs and stole 21 bases in 24 chances over the final two months, helping many owners to fantasy championships. In the past three years, he's tied for third with 120 steals, and he boasts a 9.2 BB% during that span. He hits a lot of balls on the ground but has legitimate raw power, as evidenced by Villar's hefty 18.9% HR/FB since 2015. This all comes with a 27.3 K%, but even with that hindrance, he's among the best bets to go 15-30 in the majors. Following their teardown last summer, Baltimore should hand Villar full-time work, and there's no downside to letting him run wild. Given the surging market for stolen bases, Villar will carry a high price, but at least it won't be as great as his pre-2017 cost.
Big things were expected from Villar after he hit 19 home runs and stole 62 bases in 2016, and he routinely went in the early rounds of last year's drafts. However, his fantasy stock instead took a nosedive due to his inability to make contact early in the season, and then due to his inability to even see the field over the latter portion of the campaign. Villar still managed to hit 11 home runs and steal 23 bases in 2017 despite his struggles, but he is no longer the future at second base for the Brewers. In fact, he may not even open the 2018 with a defined role in Milwaukee. Villar's power and speed potential makes him an intriguing rebound candidate, but if he is unable to show better plate discipline early in the season and beyond, he'll likely face an uphill battle to claim an everyday role.
Villar broke out in 2016, as he not only led the major leagues in stolen bases with 62 (and caught stealing, with 18), but also posted a career best .826 OPS with 19 home runs while playing solid defense across the infield at shortstop, third base and second base. The Brewers acquired Travis Shaw over the offseason, and his presence combined with the callup of top prospect shortstop Orlando Arcia will lock Villar into the starting second baseman role for 2017. The Brewers ran wild in 2016, and there's little reason to believe Craig Counsell's philosophy will change drastically in one year, so expect another big stolen-base total from Villar. The biggest questions, however, pertain to the sustainability of his power production, and the significant improvement in his walk rate, which jumped to a career-best 11.6 percent last season. Most likely, he'll give some home runs back in 2017 after his HR/FB rate nearly doubled from 10.0 percent in 2015 to 19.6 percent last season.
Villar secured an Opening Day roster spot with the Astros after hitting .288 and displaying increased versatility on defense last spring, but he only made 53 appearances for the club and was limited to spot-start and pinch-running duties. Quite simply, the door never opened for regular playing time, as Luis Valbuena, Jed Lowrie and Marwin Gonzalez saw most of the at-bats behind stars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. The 24-year-old did not allow that to slow him down, however, as he swiped 35 bases in 70 games with Triple-A Fresno. A November trade to Milwaukee cleared Villar's path considerably, he will likely serve primarily in a utility role so long as Jean Segura is in town.
Villar disappointed fantasy owners who drafted him for his 40-plus stolen base potential last season, as the Dominican native struggled offensively and swiped only 17 bags in 87 games with the Astros. By comparison, the 23-year-old shortstop had 18 steals in 54 games the year prior. He did hit seven home runs, but Houston eventually decided his .209/.267/.354 slash line and 18 errors at shortstop wasn't cutting it and turned to Marwin Gonzalez and Gregorio Petit to man the position. With uber-prospect Carlos Correa at least a year away from reaching the big leagues, Villar should get an opportunity to redeem himself this season, but he'll need to improve his fielding skills (.949), contact rate (70%) and cut down on his strikeouts (27.7%) in order for that happen.
Once the Astros realized that Ronny Cedeno wasn't cutting it as their starting shortstop, Villar was given an opportunity to show what he could do at the big league level. After displaying elite speed in the minors, the 22-year-old Dominican Republic native was extremely aggressive on the basepaths for Houston, swiping 18 bags in 54 games. He made some baserunning gaffes along the way (he was caught stealing eight times) and he didn't hit the ball particularly well (.243 batting average, 29.5 percent strikeout rate), but the switch-hitter showed good plate discipline (10 percent walk rate) while hitting from the leadoff and ninth spots in the batting order. With top prospect Carlos Correa still a few years away, Villar will be given an extended look in Houston this season. He should be a relatively cheap source of steals in 2014 drafts since he does not offer much outside of that category.
Villar was putting together a passable season at Double-A as a 21-year-old before deciding to punch a door in July, which caused him to miss most of the rest of the year. While some days Villar flashes his potential and gives you a glimpse of a future big league star, most days he looks pretty average. Villar improved his plate discipline somewhat from 2011, increasing the walks while decreasing the strikeouts, but he will have to do a lot more growing as he reaches the upper minors. Villar was probably the closest middle-infield prospect to the big leagues in the Houston system, but after missing so much time in 2012, a September callup is probably optimistic.
Villar continued to fail to live up to expectations again in 2011, hitting .241/.320/.396 with 34 stolen bases in 130 minor league games. If he learned some plate discipline, Villar could become someone that owners could count on to do a little bit of everything. Without that growth, his long-term future is probably best suited to role-player status. He's still just 20, and should start the year back in Double-A.
Villar came over to the Astros in the midseason deal that sent Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia. Villar is fast and athletic, but still very raw as a hitter. He will need plenty of time to develop, and bear in mind the Astros do not have a good track record with similar prospects. The steals alone will keep him on the fantasy radar, but he may never nail down a major league job if he can't rack up enough hits and draw more walks.
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Not in lineup Tuesday
2BToronto Blue Jays
September 8, 2020
Villar isn't starting Tuesday against the Yankees.
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Takes seat for Friday's matinee
2BToronto Blue Jays
September 4, 2020
Villar is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
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Traded to Blue Jays
2BToronto Blue Jays
August 31, 2020
Villar was traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Will start Monday
2BMiami Marlins
August 31, 2020
Villar will man second base and will bat sixth in Monday's game against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Thriving at plate
2BMiami Marlins
August 23, 2020
Villar recorded five hits -- all singles -- to go with an RBI, a run and a stolen base in Saturday's doubleheader split with the Nationals.
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