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Top Jonathan Villar News

  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Out of Thursday's lineup

    Villar is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Villar started the past eight games at the keystone and will take a seat for Sunday's contest. Christopher Morel will man second base in his place Thursday.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Homers, swipes bag

    Villar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, an additional RBI and a stolen base in a 7-0 win against the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Making his seventh straight start with Nick Madrigal shelved, Villar opened the scoring with a solo home run in the third inning, singled home a run during a five-run fourth and walked and swiped second in the sixth. The infielder is only 6-for-34 in May, though Tuesday's offensive display demonstrates the 31-year-old's ability to contribute both power and speed.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Filling in for injured Madrigal

    Villar will start at second base and bat ninth in Wednesday's game in San Diego.

    With Nick Madrigal (back) landing on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Villar looks set to step in as the Cubs' everyday second baseman, at least in the short term. However, Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) is in the midst of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa and could be activated from the IL within the next few days, at which point he and Nico Hoerner -- who starts at shortstop Wednesday -- could serve as the Cubs' primary middle infielders.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Gets third straight start

    Villar will start at third base and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Villar will pick up his third consecutive start, after he was included in the lineup for both halves of Saturday's doubleheader. He went hitless with three strikeouts in six at-bats between those games, during which the Dodgers started a pair of lefty pitchers (Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler). The Dodgers are bringing right-hander Walker Buehler to the hill for the series finale, but Villar will stick in the lineup at third base while Patrick Wisdom sits with an ankle injury. Wisdom is available off the bench Sunday and could rejoin the lineup as soon as Monday's series opener in San Diego, but Villar would still have a path to steady work at third base if the Cubs elect to deploy Wisdom at designated hitter after the struggling Frank Schwindel was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Takes seat Wednesday

    Villar isn't starting Wednesday against Atlanta.

    Villar has hit .240 with four runs, four RBI and a stolen base in his last seven appearances, but he'll be out of the lineup for a second straight game. Patrick Wisdom is starting at third base and batting sixth.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Sitting Tuesday

    Villar is not in Tuesday's lineup against Atlanta.

    He is hitting .341/.380/.386 with zero home runs and one steal in 12 games. Patrick Wisdom gets the start at third base while Nick Madrigal and Nico Hoerner handle second base and shortstop, respectively.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Starting at short Sunday

    Villar is starting at shortstop and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.

    Villar started at second base Saturday and collected two hits, his first stolen base of the season, three runs and three RBI in a 21-0 Chicago win. The utility man has been stellar with a .350 batting average and .791 OPS, and he'll likely run more moving forward after racking up 14 stolen bases last year and 16 during the condensed 2020 season.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Collects three runs, stolen base

    Villar went 2-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Pirates. He also notched his first steal.

    Making the start at second base, Villar played a key role in the Cubs' big 21-0 win. The 30-year-old has filled a valuable utility role so far, picking up starts at second, third and shortstop, and he has a stellar .350 batting average. Villar should continue to see regular playing time and will be a nice fantasy asset the rest of the season if he keeps hitting like this.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Starts over Wisdom again

    Villar will start at third base and bat third in Wednesday's game against the Rays.

    Villar has now picked up starts at third base over Patrick Wisdom in consecutive games. After going 1-for-5 in Tuesday's 6-5 loss while the Rays deployed a lefty primary pitcher (Josh Fleming), Villar gets the nod over Wisdom on Wednesday with a right-hander (Drew Rasmussen) on the bump for the opposition. It's unclear if Villar will permanently remain ahead of Wisdom in the pecking order, but he looks to be manager David Ross' favored option for the time being.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Stays hot at plate

    Villar went 4-for-5 with three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

    All four hits were singles, and Villar was unable to come around to score once, but it was still another excellent performance. In three games at Coors Field, the infielder has gone 8-for-12, pushing his season batting average up to .474. He started at second base in this one, but he's also recently seen time at third and shortstop. Villar should continue to move around the diamond for the Cubs, and he'll have plenty of fantasy value if he keeps hitting like this.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Back on bench Sunday

    Villar is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

    Villar doesn't have an everyday home at any position, but his ability to play three infield spots allowed him to draw four consecutive starts before he moved to the bench Sunday. The 30-year-old went 9-for-16 with two doubles, a walk, four RBI and three runs during that four-game stretch, so manager David Ross will likely look to find at least semi-regular playing time for Villar while he's wielding a hot bat.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Effective again Friday

    Villar went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Villar has started in the Cubs' last three contests, including the first two games at Coors Field, and he's performed well, going 5-for-11 in that stretch with an RBI and three runs scored. Meanwhile, regular third baseman Patrick Wisdom has struggled with a .130/.160/.217 line through seven games. Villar has picked up starts at third, second and shortstop the last three games, so he seems to be carving out a valuable role in Chicago and should play frequently moving forward.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Out of Saturday's lineup

    Villar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    Nick Madrigal, Patrick Wisdom and Nico Hoerner will have started the team's first two games at second, third and shortstop, respectively. Villar is expected to serve in a super-utility role and figures to pick up starts at any of those positions moving forward. The playing time hasn't been there yet, but it's still early and Villar should see his role expand soon. He'll of course have increased fantasy value if any of those other players struggles or goes down with an injury, which could pave the way for Villar having a more regular job.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Will provide depth at short

    With Ildemaro Vargas getting reassigned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Villar should begin the season as the primary backup to Nico Hoerner at shortstop while Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) is out.

    Simmons is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, so Hoerner figures to be the primary shortstop for now with Villar in a super-utility role. Villar is probably better suited to play second or third base, and his versatility is a nice asset for the Cubs. If the 30-year-old plays enough this season, he could be a solid fantasy contributor who offers a little bit of power and speed while qualifying at several positions. Villar could top the 14 steals he logged last season with the Mets now that he's playing for the rebuilding Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Agrees to deal with Cubs

    Villar signed with the Cubs on Thursday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Villar is a versatile player who can fill in anywhere around the infield and has also made a handful of appearances in the outfield. Third base could be where he fits in best at Wrigley Field, pushing Patrick Wisdom to designated hitter, as the Cubs have new signing Andrelton Simmons at shortstop and the combination of Nick Madrigal and Nico Hoerner at second base. Villar's bat is decent, as he's coming off a year in which he hit .249/.322/.416 (105 wRC+), but his primary fantasy appeal is his speed. He may not be what he once was in that area, however, as he stole a modest 14 bases last season and is now entering his age-31 season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 215 lbs
Birthplace: La Vega, Dominican Republic
Age: 31
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: S, R