Villar signed a one-year contract with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Villar revitalized his season after being traded from the Brewers to the Orioles in July, posting a .258/.336/.392 slash line with 21 stolen bases in 236 plate appearances with his new team. The 27-year-old can hardly be relied upon for consistency at the plate, but should provide plenty of stolen bases as he runs free at the top of Baltimore's order.
Villar went 2-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored and one stolen base during Sunday's win over Houston. Villar continued to provide value on the bases in Baltimore's final game of the season, swiping his ninth bag in his past 13 starts. He finished the year with a .260 batting average and .709 OPS, to go along with 14 home runs, 46 RBI and 35 stolen bases.
Villar went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. Villar singled and stole second base in the fifth inning, marking his sixth swiped bag in the last eight games. The 27-year-old is putting together a solid bounce-back campaign after hitting just .241 with 23 stolen bases in 2017, slashing .263/.325/.388 with 14 homers and 32 stolen bases in 136 games.
Villar's stolen base Saturday -- his fifth in five games -- was his ninth of September, 17th since joining the Orioles, and 31st of the season. Villar also has lifted eight home runs with his new American League club, and he's thriving with regular work. He looks locked in as a starter as Baltimore finishes its lost season, and it'll be interesting to see whether they keep him in mind as a potential regular heading into his second year of arbitration.
Villar went 2-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday. Villar's season comes in two polar halves: his uninspiring Milwaukee tenure, and his absurdly productive time with the Orioles during which he's homered eight times and stolen 17 bases in 201 plate appearances. Seeing regular playing time on a team evaluating their options for 2019 has jolted the speedster's performance, and his speed alone has been one of fantasy baseball's most impressive second-half developments.