In some ways it must be nice to be in the position the Houston Astros are in. A lot of teams are finding out right about now that they really have nothing to win in this season except for pluses about next season. For the Astros, they’ve been in that position all season long and have been able to shape and form their roster as they see fit to prepare for next season and those that will follow. One player that is getting a look lately that is showing potential is Jonathan Villar.
His time in the field at shortstop has shown that he has a good bit of room for improvement as he has a fielding percentage of just a little over .900. That isn’t the worst ever but you want a better percentage than that for an everyday shortstop. At the plate he is showing a little something else however. In his last ten games he is batting around .345 and is beginning to show some pop with a few extra-base hits.
I’m not certain that he will show himself good enough for a starting job as early as next year if the Astros have a better option at the time but anything is possible for good young players. Either way he is showing some good use in pinch-hitting situations and other such offensive uses. If Bo Porter wants to try and manage his American League Team with a little station to station type National League play, a guy like Villar could come in handy no matter where they stick him.