VILLAR, JONATHAN

Position: Shortstop, Second Base, Outfield

DOB: May 2, 1991

Height: 6’1″ / Weight: 215

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Astros (November 19, 2015)

Profile: Traded to Milwaukee in November of 2015 in exchange for minor league pitcher Cy Sneed, Villar was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies out of the Dominican Republic for $100,000 in 2008. He made his pro debut with the Phillies DSL affiliate in 2008 and saw time with two different rookie league clubs in 2009. Villar moved up to Low-A Lakewood in 2010 before being traded to the Astros as part of a deadline deal for Roy Oswalt. He finished out 2010 at High-A Lancaster, then split the following year between Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. He returned to Corpus Christi in 2012 and opened 2013 at Triple-A Oklahoma City before being called up to make his big league debut with the Astros in June. Villar bounced between the Astros and their Triple-A affiliates in both 2014 and 2015 before being dealt to Milwaukee following the 2015 season. He took the reigns as the Brewers starting shortstop in 2016, before being shifted around the diamond to make room for Orlando Arcia when he was promoted in August. A plus defender with plenty of range and a strong arm, Villar has experience at second base, shortstop and third base, though he is best suited to play up the middle. A switch-hitter with surprising pop in his bat, Villar has shown an ability to get on bases when he stays within himself and doesn’t chase, and is a threat on the basepaths, running every chance he gets.

2008: After signing with the Phillies, Villar made his professional debut with their affiliate in the Dominican Summer League as a 17-year-old. In 62 DSL games, he hit .271 with six doubles, three triples and a home run while stealing 27 bases and scoring 37 runs.

2009: Villar came stateside a year later and opened up the 2009 season with the Phillies GCL affiliate wen their season began in June. He hit .277 over 31 games there before receiving a promotion to Williamsport in the New York-Penn League in late August. He suited up in 11 games with the Crosscutters, collecting nine hits in 39 at-bats.

2010: Philadelphia gave Villar his first taste of full season ball in 2010 when they sent him to Lakewood in the South Atlantic League to begin the year. In 100 games there, he hit .272 and stole 38 bases en route to being named to the league’s All-Star team. He received a promotion to High-A Lancaster at the end of July and finished out the year in the California League, hitting .225 over 32 games.

2011: The Astros chose to have Villar return to Lancaster to start the 2011 season, but he didn’t stay there long. After hitting .259 with four home runs in 47 games, he received a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. He finished out the year in the Texas League, batting .231/.301/.386 over the final 83 games with the Hooks.

2012: Villar returned to the Texas League with Corpus Christi in 2012 and wound up hitting .261 with 11 home runs over 86 games there, earning a spot in the All-Star game before he saw his season cut short when he broke his hand in mid-July.

2013: After healing up and playing winter ball in the Dominican, Villar began the 2013 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 91 games there, he hit .277/.341/.442 with 16 doubles, eight triples and eight home runs. That earned Villar a call to Houston in July and he made his big league debut with the Astros against Oakland on July 22nd. He finished out the season with Houston, batting .243 over his final 58 games.

2014: Following up on his 2013 campaign, Villar landed a spot on the Astros opening day roster and spent the first three months of the season in the big leagues. He was sent back down to Oklahoma City in July and saw action in 51 games there before receiving a September call-up to return to Houston when rosters expanded.

2015: Villar bounced back-and-forth between Houston and their Triple-A affiliate once again in 2015. He hit .271 over 70 games with the Astros new affiliate in Fresno and posted a .284 average in 51 games with Houston before being traded to Milwaukee following the season.

2016: Upon joining the Brewers in 2016, Villar grabbed the starting shortstop job in Milwaukee and proved to be a sparkplug at the top of the order for Manager Craig Counsell. In a career high 156 games, Villar hit .285/.369/.457 with an OPS of .826. He slugged 19 home runs to go along with 38 doubles and three triples, and stole 62 bases in 80 attempts while proving to be a fixture in the middle of the diamond before being moved when Arcia joined the club in August.