David Villar

David Villar

27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After mashing 36 home runs between Triple-A Sacramento and the big leagues in 2022, Villar came into 2023 with a clear path to regular at-bats between third base and second base. Unfortunately, he got off to a wretched start, putting up a .558 OPS with a 33 percent strikeout rate through his first 30 games, at which point he was sent back to the minors. Villar never recovered and played sparingly with the Giants the rest of the way. He slugged again last year at Sacramento, but as a 26-year-old in the Pacific Coast League, that should be taken with a grain of salt. At the major-league level, the now-27-year-old has a .683 OPS, a 32.1 percent strikeout rate and a 34.6 percent hard-hit rate. Villar might not figure very prominently in the Giants' plans for 2024. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March of 2024.
Sent down to Triple-A
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
July 6, 2024
The Giants optioned Villar to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
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Villar went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his last start Wednesday against Atlanta. The 27-year-old infielder appeared in just six games for the Giants after being recalled June 22, going 5-for-17 with one home run, four RBI and five strikeouts. San Francisco recalled left-hander Kolton Ingram from Double-A Richmond in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+69%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+50%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .723 143 15 5 17 1 .227 .301 .422
Since 2022vs Right .671 196 23 10 23 0 .178 .281 .391
2024vs Left .875 8 1 0 1 0 .375 .375 .500
2024vs Right .867 10 1 1 3 0 .222 .200 .667
2023vs Left .397 61 3 0 3 1 .127 .197 .200
2023vs Right .672 79 12 5 9 0 .159 .266 .406
2022vs Left .978 74 11 5 13 0 .292 .378 .600
2022vs Right .651 107 10 4 11 0 .187 .299 .352
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+342%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+45%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .610 146 13 3 15 1 .175 .301 .308
Since 2022Away .749 193 25 12 25 0 .215 .280 .469
2024Home 1.264 11 2 1 4 0 .400 .364 .900
2024Away .286 7 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
2023Home .489 64 3 2 4 1 .127 .234 .255
2023Away .599 76 12 3 8 0 .159 .237 .362
2022Home .607 71 8 0 7 0 .182 .352 .255
2022Away .883 110 13 9 17 0 .257 .318 .564
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Stat Review
How does David Villar compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
27.8%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.294
 
AVG
.294
 
OBP
.278
 
SLG
.588
 
OPS
.866
 
wOBA
.357
 
Exit Velocity
92.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.8%
 
Barrels/PA
16.7%
 
Expected BA
.271
 
Expected SLG
.625
 
Sprint Speed
23.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
30.8%
 
Line Drive %
23.1%
 
Fly Ball %
46.2%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Villar wasn't a highly-touted prospect when he received his first big-league call-up last July at the age of 25, but he spent most of the remainder of the season in the majors and finished with a .231/.331/.445 slash line (good for a 124 wRC+), homering nine times in 54 games. While that performance suggests he may have been unfairly overlooked, a closer investigation of his numbers raises skepticism. Statcast suggests he got quite lucky, giving him a .189 xBA, with his 32.0 K% the primary culprit. While his contact was infrequent, however, it was at least of fairly good quality, as his 9.1% barrel rate was above-average. He also has a track record of success in the minors, posting a .943 OPS across the two highest levels since the start of 2021. There's at least something there for Villar at the plate, but the total package might not amount to a big-league regular, as he doesn't offer anything on the basepaths and doesn't have a strong defensive reputation.
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Sitting against lefty Thursday
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
June 27, 2024
Villar is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Joins big-league club
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
June 22, 2024
The Giants recalled Villar from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Shifting to minor-league camp
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
March 20, 2024
The Giants optioned Villar to minor-league camp Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Returns to lineup
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
March 10, 2024
Villar (hand) is starting at third base and batting sixth in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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X-rays come back negative
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Hand
March 4, 2024
Villar is day-to-day after X-rays on his left hand came back negative, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could return to majors
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
June 13, 2023
Villar could soon be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento after J.D. Davis suffered an apparent ankle injury during Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, per Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com.
ANALYSIS
Villar was removed from Sacramento's game Tuesday after Davis exited with the injury. The 26-year-old Villar spent the first six-plus weeks of the season in the majors, but he was demoted in mid-May after he posted a .558 OPS through 30 games. He would likely fill a utility role if he rejoins the big club.
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