The rookie has stepped right into the leadoff spot in Houston and hasn’t looked back. In 10 games this season, Villar has a meager .216 batting average, but he does has an impressive .310 On Base Percentage. The speedster has also stolen five bases (including home) and scored seven runs in his brief time in the majors.
Villar has struck out 13 times already, but the 22-year-old is still getting acclimated to the major league fastball. Like most young rookies, VIllar is just having problems laying off the high fastballs and breaking pitches just outside of the strike zone. Plate discipline is something that will come in time though.
The shortstop was having a strong season in Triple-A Oklahoma City before getting the call. He had a .278 batting average with 16 doubles, eight home runs, 41 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Villar was even called up before 1B Jonathan Singleton or OF George Springer, so the team must have big plans for their new stopgap.
Villar is worth grabbing in deeper leagues simply because of how thin the position has been this season. He will be a reliable contact hitter and his threat to steal bases will make him worth a roster spot in any roto-league.