Jonathan Villar, Shortstop, Milwaukee Brewers, #5
Date of Birth: 5/2/1991
Birthplace: La Vega, Dominican Republic
Jonathan Villar, shortstop for the Milwaukee Brewers, originally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. After three years in the minor leagues, he was traded to the Houston Astros in 2011. Villar continued to play in the minor leagues through most of 2013. He had a .260 batting average in the minors.
Villar joined the Astros for 87 games in 2014. He finished the season with 55 hits, 13 doubles, 17 stolen bases, 80 strikeouts to 19 walks, and a .209 batting average. As a shortstop, he made 229 assists, 45 double plays, 104 putouts, and 18 errors in 82 games.
Villar played in 53 games with the Astros in 2015. He batted .284 with 33 hits. Defensively, he played 3 games at second base, 12 games at third base, 22 games at shortstop, 5 games in left field, and 2 games in center field. On July 30th, he stole home against the Baltimore Orioles.
On November 19, 2015, Villar was traded to the Brewers. He had his first full season in the majors in 2016, playing in 156 games with the Brewers. He finished the season with 168 hits, 38 doubles, 19 home runs, 63 RBIs, and a .285 batting average. He led all of major league baseball in stolen bases with 62. Defensively, as the Brewers' shortstop in 108 games, he made 321 assists, 67 double plays, 152 putouts, and 17 errors. He also played 11 games at second base and 42 games at third base.
Villar batted .241 in 122 games with the Brewers in 2017. He finished the season with 97 hits, 18 doubles, 23 stolen bases, 40 RBIs, and 132 strikeouts to 30 walks. Defensively, as the Brewers' second baseman in 98 games, he made 237 assists, 56 double plays, 155 putouts, and 15 errors.
Career batting statistics for Villar through 2017 include:
- 476 games played
- 404 hits
- 127 stolen bases
- 149 RBIs
- 486 strikeouts to 162 walks
- .256 batting average