2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jonathan Villar
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Baltimore Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Flashback to 2016 when Jonathan Villar absolutely exploded onto the fantasy scene, hitting 19 home runs, scoring 92 runs, stealing 62 (!!!) bases and slashing .285/.369/.457. He was even caught stealing 18 times, so any more success there and we could have seen a 70 steal season from the middle infielder. The next season, it was an utter collapse, as he hit just 11 home runs with 23 stolen bases and a .241/.293/.372 slash line. It looked like another ho-hum season for the speedy second baseman, but a trade to Baltimore, another hitter-friendly environment, and things actually turned around for Villar. His marks didn’t make it back to his 2016 metrics, and despite not being too far away from those dreadful 2017 numbers, Villar was quite respectable in Baltimore.
After being traded to Baltimore, Villar’s walks went up and the strikeouts went down, which is certainly encouraging. Furthermore, his contact rate slightly went up. However, there is some skepticism with that,...