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July 7, 2020 09:36 AM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Defensive role being reconsidered
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar may not be the Marlins' regular center fielder this season, Joe Frisaro of reports.

The veteran second baseman had just begun adjusting to a new defensive home when spring training was put on pause, and the quick ramp-up and circumstances of summer camp may not give Villar enough time to get comfortable in the outfield. "We do see him a little more infield now," manager Don Mattingly said Monday. "With the DH, he can go a little bit back and forth -- with center field, second base, shortstop and DH -- to be able to keep him fresh." Villar still figures to be in the lineup every day as the leadoff hitter, however, and the shift away from a full transition to center field could actually be good news for his fantasy value if it allows him to gain extra position eligibility.

March 7, 2020 08:56 PM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Set for leadoff duties
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar has consistently hit leadoff in the Marlins' early spring contests, a likely indication of the regular-season batting order, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.

He's been followed in the lineup by Brian Anderson, Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar. While Villar has been playing a new position in center field for a new team this spring, hitting at the top of the order should be very familiar for the 28-year-old -- over half of his 3,002 career plate appearances have come from the leadoff spot.

February 28, 2020 10:56 AM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Conversion to CF begins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar saw his first spring action in center field Thursday, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports.

He got the start and played four innings, with his only defensive work coming on a lazy flyball. "It was my first day," Villar said. "Maybe another day, I'll play more innings and get more opportunities to play and I'll feel more comfortable." Villar, a middle infielder for nearly his entire big-league career coming into 2020, had slotted in at DH in his prior three spring appearances as the Marlins tried to make sure he was ready for the change in assignment. Wherever he plays, Miami's offense could certainly use a player who hit 24 homers and stole 40 bases with a .792 OPS last season.

February 17, 2020 01:56 PM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Will be Opening Day center fielder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar is expected to be the Marlins' Opening Day center fielder, Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Reports from earlier in the offseason indicated Villar would get some work in the outfield, but it now sounds as though that will be his primary home in 2020, provided he acquits himself well in camp. Villar has started just eight career games in the outfield, but he's an athletic player whose skills should theoretically translate to the position. Expect Villar to pick up an extra spot of positional eligibility early in the season if the Marlins stick with the plan.

February 12, 2020 08:12 PM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Will play some center field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar is expected to play some center field this season, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.

Villar has eight career starts in the outfield, though the most recent ones came in 2017. His middle-infield defense has graded out fairly poorly throughout his career, so the outfield may end up being his long-term home in the latter part of his career. If he ends up playing there frequently this season, he could help fantasy owners with some extra positional eligibility, though the Marlins' plans for him aren't clear yet.

January 11, 2020 12:28 AM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Gets north of $8 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar agreed to a one-year, $8.2 million deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The Marlins were willing to do what the Orioles were not: reward Villar for his big 2019 season. He gets a healthy raise from the $4.83 million he was awarded last offseason. Villar will head to the open market after this year.

December 5, 2019 01:40 PM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Could get look at third or outfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

President of baseball operations Michael Hill said Tuesday that Villar will work out at third base and in the outfield in addition to the middle-infield spots during spring training, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.

Miami acquired Villar via trade from the Orioles on Monday, a few days after Baltimore placed him on outright waivers. The move from one rebuilding club to another should aid Villar's chances of maintaining everyday at-bats and steady running opportunities, and it could come with the added benefit of more positional versatility. Given Villar's limited experience playing anywhere but second base or shortstop -- he's made 48 career starts at the hot corner and eight in the outfield, grading out poorly at both spots -- it's far from a given that he'll prove to be a usable option elsewhere, however. More realistically, Villar will be vying with Isan Diaz, Miguel Rojas, Jon Berti and perhaps other offseason pickups for one of two spots in the Marlins' regular middle-infield configuration.

December 3, 2019 11:44 AM
Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Headed to Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar has been traded from the Orioles to the Marlins on Monday in exchange for Easton Lucas.

Villar was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Wednesday, and fortunately for fantasy managers, he was able to latch on with another rebuilding team that should afford him everyday at-bats and a green light on the bases. The veteran infielder pieced together an impressive 2019 campaign, hitting .274 with 24 home runs, 73 RBI, 40 stolen bases and 4.0 WAR. While he played shortstop and second base last season, it's possible he could also get work at the hot corner for Miami.

November 28, 2019 01:44 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Placed on waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar was placed on waivers by the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

The Orioles had been trying unsuccessfully to trade Villar prior Monday's non-tender deadline. Releasing Villar would be an odd move after the infielder stole 40 bases and hit a career-high 24 homers while posting a .274/.339/453 slash line, but the Orioles evidently don't envision the 28-year-old being part of their future. He's projected to make over $10 million in arbitration, though that's presumably a price a contender would be willing to pay.

September 28, 2019 06:32 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Swipes 40th bag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and a steal in Saturday's win over Boston.

The steal was Villar's 40th of the season. He won't finish anywhere near his 62 steals from 2016 but is nevertheless having quite a strong year, posting an above-average batting line for the first time since that year while hitting a career-best 24 homers. That home run total trails only Ronald Acuna and Christian Yelich among players with at least 25 steals.

September 26, 2019 01:44 AM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Steals 39th bag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in a 3-2 victory against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old is finishing his strong season on the right note and has moved one stolen base away from 40. He last swiped 40 bags in 2016, but the cherry on top of Villar's strong year is he has a career-high 24 homers. Villar is also hitting .275 with 71 RBI and 109 runs in 629 at-bats this season.

September 24, 2019 12:52 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Homers in three-hit effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 3-for-8 with a solo home run and an additional run and RBI in Monday's 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays in 15 innings.

Villar slugged one of three fifth-inning home runs for the Orioles, who climbed out of a 6-3 deficit. Despite his poor team context, Villar has been a wealth of counting-stats production in 2019, supplying 24 long balls, 38 steals, 108 runs and 71 RBI across 157 games.

September 21, 2019 12:20 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Swipes 37th base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 1-for-3 with a steal, a run and a walk during a 5-3 victory over the Mariners on Friday.

The 28-year-old has stolen more bases this season than any other year in his career except 2016. Villar has also set a career best in homers, runs and RBI. He is batting .277 with 23 home runs, 69 RBI, 106 runs and 37 steals in 602 at-bats this season.

September 19, 2019 10:00 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Scores three runs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 3-for-5 with a double, a solo home run, a stolen base and three runs scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Villar enjoyed a productive day at the plate, highlighted by a solo home run in the fourth inning followed by a stolen base in the eighth. He now has 23 homers and 36 swiped bags in 152 games on the season. While his aggressiveness on the basepaths doesn't come as a big surprise, his .466 slugging percentage is nearly 50 points above his career average.

September 16, 2019 01:36 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Steals base No. 35
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 1-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored, a walk and a stolen base in the Orioles' 8-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Villar provided the Orioles with some insurance in the sixth inning after plating two with a single to center field. The speedster then stole second base for his 35th theft of the season, which cements him in fourth place in the MLB. Sunday marked just the second game since Aug. 31 in which the 28-year-old brought at least one of his teammates home. Villar hasn't been too hot at the plate lately but still has a .276/.343/.452 triple slash along with 21 home runs and 67 RBI through 647 plate appearances on the season. He's expected to be in the starting lineup again Monday in the series finale against the Tigers.

September 11, 2019 11:44 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Slugs three-run homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Villar took Caleb Ferguson deep in the seventh inning to record his 21st homer of the season. It was his first long ball since Aug. 25, though he's recorded at least one hit in 11 of his 14 starts in that span. He's quietly put together a very strong campaign, chipping in 33 stolen bases and 97 runs across 145 games.

September 1, 2019 11:44 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Steals another base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one steal in the Orioles 6-4 loss against the Royals on Sunday.

Villar just won't stop running as 28-year-old swiped his fourth bag in two days for the Orioles. He now is tied with Ronald Acuna for third in the MLB at 33 apiece and is definitely on track for several more before the season comes to a close.

August 31, 2019 08:28 AM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Runs wild in rout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, three runs scored, an RBI and three stolen bases in Friday's 14-2 rout of the Royals.

The 28-year-old actually ran for the cycle, if there is such a thing -- he swiped second base in the second inning, third base in the third, and then stole home on a botched pickoff attempt in the seventh. Villar has topped 30 steals for the second straight year and the third time in his career, and on the season he's slashing .278/.347/.464 with 20 home runs, 62 RBI, 91 runs and 32 stolen bases.

August 25, 2019 11:48 AM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Connects on 19th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Rays.

The middle infielder has enjoyed a nice late-August surge in the power department, as he's gone deep four times in the past six games to match his previous career high of 19 home runs, which he established back in 2016 with Milwaukee. He'll look to keep rolling in the series finale Sunday, when he'll start at second base and man the leadoff spot, per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.

August 22, 2019 09:08 PM
Orioles' Jonathan Villar: Goes yard again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Villar went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

Villar took Mike Montgomery deep to jump start the Orioles' offense and record his 17th homer of the season. He's hit well at the plate this month, reaching base safely in all but two of 20 games while also racking up four homers, 10 RBI, 14 runs scored and five stolen bases. Villar has largely delivered as expected this season, as he's swiped 28 bases, scored 84 runs and hit a respectable .278 in 127 games.

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