Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
After going 0-for-3 as the third baseman in the matinee, Villar slid to shortstop for the nightcap to give Francisco Lindor a breather and launched his first homer of the year, a solo shot off Johan Oviedo in the fourth inning. Villar has moved into the starting lineup with both J.D. Davis (hand) and Luis Guillorme (oblique) sidelined, but the veteran infielder is still looking for his first stolen base of 2021 and is slashing only .235/.278/.392 with a 2:16 BB:K through 22 games.
Villar will start at third base and bat seventh in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Villar will stick in the starting nine at the hot corner for the third game in a row. The Mets plan to have the 30-year-old fill a utility role when the squad is at full strength, but he looks like he'll be the primary option at third base while J.D. Davis (hand) and Luis Guillorme (oblique) are on the 10-day injured list. Villar has yet to get going at the plate while receiving spotty playing time up to this point in the season, compiling a .227/.277/.341 slash line with no home runs or stolen bases across his first 47 plate appearances with the Mets.
Villar will split time with Luis Guillrome at third base while J.D. Davis (hand) is on the injured list.
The two won't be deployed in a strict platoon as Villar is a switch hitter, but Guillorme could see more playing time due to his superior defensive reputation. Villar also hasn't done much at the plate so far to push for a bigger role, going 3-for-14 (.214) with an 0:7 BB:K, although two of his hits have gone for extra bases (one double and one triple).
Villar went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Phillies.
Getting his first start of the season and hitting sixth while subbing in at second base for a resting Jeff McNeil, Villar had two of the Mets' three extra-base hits on the afternoon. The veteran infielder hasn't had much of a chance to make an impact for the Mets yet, but with J.D. Davis (wrist) currently sidelined, Villar's big performance might earn him more action in the short term.
Villar (groin) will start at second base and bat sixth Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Villar concluded spring training with a minor groin injury in tow, but the Mets didn't deem it serious enough to keep him off the 26-man Opening Day roster. After appearing as a substitute in the Mets' first two games, Villar will now get the chance to make his first start of 2021, filling in at the keystone for a resting Jeff McNeil.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said Villar (groin) was able to field grounders at third base and shortstop during his workout Sunday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Villar won't be ready to play in Monday's Grapefruit League finale against the Cardinals while he manages the groin injury, but Rojas said he expects the speedy veteran to avoid the injured list and break camp as a member of the 26-man roster. The groin injury could limit Villar's involvement in the run game early on during the season, but he'll likely see an overall decline in his opportunities in any case now that he's expected to settle into a utility role with the Mets rather than being a lineup regular.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said Saturday that Villar is dealing with a minor groin injury, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Rojas didn't sound too concerned about Villar's injury, and there's a chance that the 29-year-old could return before spring training wraps up. Villar is expected to serve as utility depth for the Mets to begin the season, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be available in time for Opening Day.
Villar has gone 4-for-29 (.138) this spring with one home run and a 2:13 BB:K.
The veteran infielder is expected to fill a utility role this season for the Mets, but Villar posted a career-low .593 OPS in 2020 and hasn't done much to tease a turnaround in Grapefruit League play. It's also not clear where he might be able to get consistent playing time barring an injury to a starter, as even if J.D. Davis' glove becomes too much of an issue at third base, Luis Guillorme seems to be the preferred defensive replacement for manager Luis Rojas.
Villar and the Mets agreed Tuesday on a one-year, $3.55 million contract that includes additional incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The Mets presumably envision Villar filling a utility role off the bench, with his excellent speed and ability to switch hit and play second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield making him a versatile weapon. That said, the landing spot isn't ideal for his fantasy value, as the 29-year-old may struggle to see more than two or three starts per week when the Mets are at optimal health in the infield and outfield. Unless a clear path to an everyday role opens for him prior to the start of the season, Villar profiles as more of a late-round selection in fantasy drafts than the early- or middle-round target he has been in recent years.
The Reds have been in contact with Villar regarding their open shortstop job, though a deal is not yet in place, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Villar is coming off a down season that got worse after his trade to the Blue Jays, but if he were to end up in Cincinnati it would serve well to help his value, given the ballpark. Currently the Reds' shortstops remain Jose Garcia and Kyle Farmer.
Villar remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
Bo Bichette's return from the injured list Sept. 12 wasn't expected to spell an end to Villar's time as an everyday player, but that's how things have ended up playing out. Despite having the ability to play at other positions, Villar will be on the bench for the fourth time in 10 games. His slumping ways at the plate have likely factored into his declining playing time; Villar has slashed .182/.274/.200 since coming over to Toronto in an Aug. 31 trade with the Marlins.
Villar went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI Friday as the Blue Jays took down the Mets 3-2.
Villar was very active on the basepaths as he stole bases 10 and 11 on the season while also collecting his 12th RBI. The 29-year-old is hitting .247/.312/.312 and currently ranks third in baseball with 11 steals.
Villar isn't starting Tuesday against the Yankees.
Villar had 20 plate appearances over the past four games, going 3-for-16 with four walks, one RBI and four strikeouts during that time. He'll take a breather Tuesday with Santiago Espinal starting at shortstop.
Villar is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Red Sox.
The 29-year-old received starts at second base and shortstop in his first three games with the Blue Jays after being acquired Monday, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's afternoon contest. Villar is off to a rough start with his new team, going 2-for-12 with a walk while committing two errors and multiple baserunning gaffes. Cavan Biggio and Joe Panik will start in the middle infield for the Blue Jays in the matinee.
Villar was traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The Blue Jays were in need of middle infield help with Bo Bichette (knee) on the injured list, and they should get their short-term answer with Villar. It's unclear what kind of role Villar will play once Bichette returns to action, but he could get a fair amount of playing time due to his defensive versatility. Villar hit .272 with two home runs, nine RBI and nine stolen bases while serving as an everyday player in Miami this season. Isan Diaz (opt out) plans to return to the team and should take over at second base for the Marlins if he's reinstated, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Villar will man second base and will bat sixth in Monday's game against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Though he's been an everyday player all season for Miami, Villar's inclusion in the lineup is more notable than usual, as his name continues to pop up in trade rumors leading up to Monday's 4 p.m. deadline for deals to be made. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Blue Jays are among the many teams who have inquired about Villar, but the 14-15 Marlins may not be inclined to part with the veteran while they remain firmly in the mix for a spot in the expanded postseason. With a .272 average to go with two home runs, nine steals, 10 runs and nine RBI in 29 games, Villar has thus far met the expectations that most fantasy managers had for him on draft day.
Villar recorded five hits -- all singles -- to go with an RBI, a run and a stolen base in Saturday's doubleheader split with the Nationals.
Villar also recorded a single and a double in Friday's series opener, so he'll head into Sunday's contest riding a three-game multi-hit streak. The 29-year-old, who is now slashing .279/.330/.395 with seven stolen bases on the season, will start at second base and bat leadoff Sunday, according to Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio.
Villar is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
This will be Villar's first day off of the season. Magneuris Sierra replaces him atop the lineup while Logan Forsythe gets the start at second base.
Villar went 2-for-5 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's 11-4 loss to the Mets.
The fifth-inning shot off Jeurys Familia was Villar's second homer of the year. The veteran infielder is only hitting .242 through 16 games, but he's otherwise providing solid fantasy value with six runs, seven RBI and six steals.
Villar went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, a double, an RBI, a run and a walk as he helped the Marlins to an 8-2 win over the Braves on Friday.
Villar, who drove home the first Marlins run on a third-inning double, is up to five stolen bases on the season. After a 40-steal campaign in 2019 that was good for third in the league, he's now tied for second in the majors in stolen bases after Friday's performance.
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|2012||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||86||326||54||85||7||2||11||50||35||87||39||8||.261||.336||.396|
|2013||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||91||339||47||94||16||8||8||41||32||93||31||7||.277||.341||.443|
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|2017||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||4||13||2||8||1||1||0||6||1||3||0||1||.615||.600||.846|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||3||10||4||6||0||0||1||1||1||1||1||0||.600||.636||.900|