Villar went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Sunday against the Yankees. Villar reached base on an infield single in the seventh inning and would later score on a passed ball. The 27-year-old second baseman has been seeing the ball well to kick off 2019, as he's collected a base knock in eight of his first nine contests.
Villar went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Thursday against the Yankees. Villar took James Paxton deep to lead off the bottom half of the first inning for his second homer of the season. He's now reached base in six of the first seven games this season, racking up four extra-base hits in the process. Villar has led off and hit third nearly equally this season, though he has attempted just one stolen base.
Villar went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. The second baseman took Sean Reid-Foley deep in the first inning for his first homer of the year. Most of Villar's fantasy value comes from his speed, but he can contribute with his bat as well -- the 27-year-old has swatted 44 home runs over the last three seasons.
Villar will start at second base and lead off in Saturday's game against the Yankees, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Villar slotted into the third spot in the order in the season opener Thursday with righty Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, recording two base hits across four at-bats. Batting atop the order could prove to be more conducive to base stealing, but Villar may only see leadoff opportunities against lefty pitching. Southpaw James Paxton is on the hill Saturday for New York, which may have prompted Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde to exclude the switch-hitting Cedric Mullins -- who led off Thursday -- from the starting nine.
Villar will man second base and bat third Thursday in the Orioles' Opening Day game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. After joining the Orioles at the trade deadline last season, Villar was most commonly used out of the two hole, but he'll shift down a spot in the order with Adam Jones now in Arizona and Mark Trumbo (knee) on the injured list. The third spot in the batting order should be more helpful to Villar's RBI count, but the assignment may have a more negative impact on his running opportunities. Villar's aptitude on the basepaths -- he recorded 35 steals in 40 attempts in 2018 -- is likely the main reason he was targeted by fantasy managers in drafts.
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