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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
50-27 8-2 W5
37-39 6-4 W1
38-42 7-3 W1
37-43 4-6 L2
26-54 3-7 L1

2022 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .222 2 15 .598 6

Top Jonathan Villar News

  • Angels' Jonathan Villar: Signs with Angels

    Villar agreed to a deal with the Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Villar struggled through 46 games for the Cubs, hitting just .222/.271/.327 before getting released in late June. He did post above-average batting lines in both 2019 and 2021 and shouldn't be over the hill at age 31, however, so there's a chance he can carve out regular at-bats among a group of unimpressive infield options in Anaheim.

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  • Angels' Jonathan Villar: Not in Saturday's lineup

    Villar isn't starting Saturday against the Astros, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    Villar signed with the Angels on Friday, but he won't start Saturday's matchup. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available off the bench, but David MacKinnon is starting at the hot corner and batting sixth.

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  • Jonathan Villar: Let go by Cubs

    The Cubs released Villar on Tuesday.

    The Cubs dropped Villar from their 40-man roster Friday, and as anticipated, none of MLB's other 29 teams were willing to put in a waiver claim for the 31-year-old, who was playing on a $6 million salary in 2022. Since Villar likely wouldn't have been receptive to a minor-league assignment to Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs instead opted to let the veteran explore his options elsewhere. Even though he produced a lowly .598 OPS in 166 plate appearances for the Cubs this season, Villar's speed and ability to play multiple infield spots could be enough for another club to bring him aboard on a lower-cost deal.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Designated for assignment

    Villar was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    The 31-year-old was originally in the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Cardinals, but the Cubs instead opted to remove him from the 40-man roster and reinstate David Bote (shoulder/head) from the 60-day injured list. Villar joined Chicago on a one-year, $6 million deal in March but struggled to a .222/.271/.327 slash line with two home runs, 15 RBI and six stolen bases in 46 games.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Takes seat Tuesday

    Villar is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.

    Villar will take a seat after he picked up starts in the infield in eight of the Cubs' last nine contests. Andrelton Simmons will get a look at second base in his stead, but Villar is projected to serve as the primary option at that position until Nick Madrigal (groin) is ready to return from the 10-day injured list.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Enters lineup Saturday

    Villar will start at third base and bat fifth in Saturday's game against Atlanta.

    Villar got Friday off but will enter the lineup with Patrick Wisdom getting a breather. The versatile 31-year-old got off to a hot start this season, though he's batting just .100 this month with a .382 OPS across eight games. Villar's last multi-hit performance came back on May 21.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Takes seat Friday

    Villar is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Atlanta.

    Villar was returned from the injured list last week and started the past five games, but he'll head to the bench after going 2-for-19 with an RBI, two runs and a stolen base during that stretch. He should continue to see increased playing time at second base until Nick Madrigal (groin) rejoins the active roster, though it's Andrelton Simmons who starts at the keystone Friday.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Starts at 2B with Madrigal on IL

    Villar will start at second base and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    With Nick Madrigal (groin) landing on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Villar looks like he'll get the first chance at replacing him in the everyday lineup. Villar had already started the past three games at the keystone in place of Madrigal, going 0-for-11 with a stolen base.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Filling in for ailing Madrigal

    Villar will start at second base and bat eighth Tuesday against the Padres.

    Villar will make his third consecutive start at the keystone, but his playing time will likely take a hit in the near future as long as Nick Madrigal (groin) is able to avoid a stint on the injured list. Once Madrigal is back in action, Villar is expected to move into a utility role.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Returns from injured list

    Villar (mouth) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Villar has been sidelined the past couple weeks after requiring significant dental work, and he'll rejoin the 26-man roster without the need for a minor-league rehab assignment. The veteran infielder should return to a utility role now that he's healthy.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Swinging bat again

    Villar (mouth) took batting practice on the field Tuesday, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Since Villar was placed on the 10-day injured list last week after requiring dental work rather than due to any sort of injury, he likely won't need much ramp-up time. Whenever the Cubs deem Villar ready to return from the IL, he'll likely have to settle for a utility role.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Placed on IL

    Villar was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday due to a mouth injury, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Villar suffered the injury while working out this week, forcing him to need significant dental work. The move to the injured list is retroactive to Friday, allowing him to return in about a week. Nelson Velazquez was called up to provide another bat for the Cubs before their doubleheader against the Brewers on Monday.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Remains on bench

    Villar isn't starting Wednesday against the Reds.

    Villar has gone 5-for-18 with a homer, two doubles, two runs, two RBI and a stolen base over his last four games, but he'll be out of the lineup for a second straight matchup. Christopher Morel will start at the keystone and lead off.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Gets Tuesday off

    Villar is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.

    He'll give way at second base to rookie Christopher Morel, who has been one of the Cubs' hotter bats since getting a promotion from Double-A Tennessee last week. For his part, Villar has been starting to heat up after a brutal start to the season, as he's slashing .320/.346/.640 with three stolen bases over his last six games. Morel doesn't look like an imminent threat to usurping Villar on the depth chart, but the looming returns of Nick Madrigal (back) and Nico Hoerner (ankle) from the injured list could wind up pushing the veteran back into a utility role.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Doubles, drives in one Saturday

    Villar went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Villar recorded two hits and a double for the second consecutive contest, as he continues to be locked in lately. The super utility player is slashing .389/.450/.833 over his past five games with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI. As long as Villar keeps picking up starts across the diamond, he should maintain plenty of fantasy value if he swings the bat like this.

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  • 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 Thursday's contest. Christopher Morel will man second base in his place.

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  • Cubs' Jonathan Villar: Doubles, homers in loss

    Villar went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Villar's home run, his second of the season, was one of four solo home runs for Chicago. The utility player hasn't provided a ton of power so far this year, though he did blast 18 long balls in 142 games last season, so he may start to trend upward in that category as long as he continues to see regular playing time. He reached double figures in home runs in five of the last six seasons, with the shortened 2020 campaign the only exception.

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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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Player Bio

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