First pitch: Villar leads off in debut, takes over starting shortstop job
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jul 24, 2013
Rookie shortstop Jonathan Villar has changed the Astros’ season in just two games. Just in case there was any doubt, Bo Porter made it clear that rookie Jonathan Villar is the Astros’ new starting shortstop. Villar, 22, represents more than just the dreams of the lady who raised him. Es su futuro,” Villar’s late grandmother would tell him. “It’s your ball. It’s your future.” “When you’re playing shortstop at the major league level that is the most demanding position maybe catcher. He led off and started at shortstop for the Astros, fulfilling a promise he made to Mejia when he signed with Philadelphia on May 20, 2008. Acquired as part of the package the Astros received for Roy Oswalt on July 29, 2010, the switch-hitting speedster hit .278 with 16 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs, 41 RBIs and 31 stolen bases at Class AAA Oklahoma City.