Christian Villanueva

#22 3B / San Diego Padres / EXP: 1YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 210 lb Age: 26 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Good shot to crack Opening Day roster

      According to manager Andy Green, Christian Villanueva "is in good position to make [the] big-league club right now," Bill Center of MLB.com reports.Green added, ""He did really well for us last year. We're excited about what he brings. He's out of options right now. He's a guy who we want to do everything we possibly can to have here. The best thing about him for me is the way he took to the challenges this off season. He reported in really good shape. He worked incredibly hard. I think we're excited about where he is physically. Villanueva can flat swing the bat. He has a chance to play. How much he plays is dictated by how well he plays." Long story short, it seems like Villanueva's past performance has him on a path to San Diego. Despite this, his fantasy impact is likely limited given the acquisitions of Eric Hosmer and Chase Headley at the two positions Villanueva plays. This likely creates a roster crunch that could leave either Carlos Asuaje or Cory Spangenberg without a spot in the majors, although things will likely become sorted out later this spring.

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Competing for Opening Day roster spot

      Christian Villanueva is in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot heading into spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.At this point, Villanueva seems to be on the outside of the active roster looking in, but he could force the issue if he hits like he did last year. At Triple-A El Paso, he produced an .897 OPS thanks to 50 extra-base hits. He then impressed with a .344 batting average and four home runs during a 12-game stint in San Diego. He is one of the few right-handed hitters vying for a reserve infield spot, but it seems like Carlos Asuaje and Cory Spangenberg have a leg up on him at the moment.

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Homers yet again

      Christian Villanueva started at third and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.The rookie has now homered an impressive four times through nine games. It is even more eye-opening when you consider Villanueva started just five of those nine contests. The 26-year-old slugged .528 in 108 games with Triple-A El Paso this season, so his power appears to be the real deal. Villanueva still hasn't officially earned an everyday role (he came off the bench Monday), but his power production makes his bat worthwhile in deeper formats even if he continues to reside on the short side of a platoon at the hot corner.

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Continues power surge

      Christian Villanueva went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-4 loss to Colorado.Villanueva has flashed his power since joining the majors Sept. 18, homering three times in as many starts over the San Diego Padres' last five games. Sunday's long ball was notable, as it came in a start against a right-hander after the rookie appeared to be on the short side of a platoon with Cory Spangenberg at third base. Manager Andy Green shuffled the lineup -- as he has regularly since rosters expanded this month -- and was able to fit both players onto the lineup card. It would behoove the Padres to get a good look at Villanueva in the final week of the season, and fantasy owners in need of some pop should follow suit.

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Homers again Thursday

      Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Rockies.Villanueva followed his first career homer Wednesday with an encore performance Thursday. The 26-year-old has started three of the San Diego Padres' last four games -- all against southpaws -- but he could begin receiving starts against righties following his strong major-league debut. He's worth a flyer for power in deeper formats in the event he can carve out an everyday role.

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Hits first career homer

      Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with his first major-league home run in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.The 26-year-old rookie appears to be platooning with Cory Spangenberg at the hot corner, starting two of the three games since his callup, both against southpaws. Villanueva slashed a healthy .296/.369/.528 in 108 games with Triple-A El Paso this season, so there is some power potential to be had if he plays his way into a larger role.

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      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Contract selected Monday

      Christian Villanueva had his contract purchased from Triple-A El Paso on Monday. He is starting at third base and batting sixth against the Diamondbacks.Villanueva, who was non-tendered by the Cubs in the offseason before joining the San Diego Padres on a minor-league deal, will get his first taste of the majors after compiling a respectable .296/.369/.528 line with 20 homers in 109 games for the Chihuahuas. With Jose Pirela (finger) and Jabari Blash (undisclosed) both dealing with injuries, it wouldn't be surprising for Villanueva to see a few more starts down the stretch as the Padres get a look at him against big-league pitching.

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      Christian Villanueva: Non-tendered by Cubs

      Christian Villanueva was non-tendered by the Cubs on Friday and is now a free agent, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.The 25-year-old third baseman was in a pretty awful situation with the Cubs, as he was not only blocked at the big league level by Kris Bryant and even Javier Baez, but a superior big league ready third base prospect was also waiting in the wings ahead of him on the organizational depth chart in Jeimer Candelario. Villanueva is essentially ready for a shot with a non-contender. After hitting 18 homers and making a lot of contact at Triple-A last year, he is likely to be given a chance to make another club, even if it is only in a bench role.

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      Cubs' Christian Villanueva: Activated from DL

      Christian Villanueva (ankle) was activated from the 60-day DL on Monday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.He ended up missing the whole season with a broken ankle, but the Chicago Cubs still think he is worthy of a spot on the 40-man roster, despite their impressive infield depth. Look for him to provide organizational depth if he is not traded this offseason.

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      Cubs' Christian Villanueva: Transferred to 60-day DL Tuesday

      Christian Villanueva (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.This move was made in order to make room on the roster 40-man roster for Ryan Kalish, who will be taking Matt Szczur's place while he is on the 15-day DL. Villanueva will be out until July, and it is unlikely he sees any time with the Chicago Cubs this season due to their solid position-player depth.