As the Milwaukee Brewers still sit atop first place in the National League Central on June 4th, there are still kinks to be worked out with this team. There are key contributions coming from throughout the lineup, some of which have been made by non-regulars and some from hopeful All-Stars. The glaring question that seemed to not be an issue for the Milwaukee Brewers last season was who would be their leadoff man. Now it seems that there once promising leadoff hitter, Jonathan Villar, has hit a significant wall.
This season the Milwaukee Brewers were not expecting that their talented second baseman would get off to a horrendous start.
Jonathan Villar had a breakout season last season as he put up All-Star numbers in his first full season with the Brewers. He slashed .285/.369/.457 with 19 home runs, 63 RBIs, and 62 stolen bases.
It is a whole different story in 2017. Villar has hit himself out of the leadoff spot and into the #8 spot in the lineup. He is actually struggling to crack the lineup on a consistent basis due to the emergence of utility man Eric Sogard. It appears that Sogard may have a shot at the starting job if Villar does not snap out of this skid.
Why has Villar struggled so much in 2017? Could it be because he played in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, but missed out on regular playing time during Spring Training? Or is it because he still needs to adjust to the league?
Currently, Villar is slashing .210/.284/.319 with five home runs and 24 RBIs.
So what do the Brewers do with their struggling second baseman?
Due to Villar being out of Minor League options, there is zero chance that the Brewers send him to Triple-A. Putting him on a bus to Triple-A would expose him to waivers. He would be claimed by the first team with the chance to do so.
Perhaps the Brewers should start a platoon?
We could see a change in the starting nine if Sogard keeps up his torrid start. He is slashing .390/.554/.634 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 18 games. He also offers above average defense in the infield and he can play the outfield corners as well.
What do you think the Milwaukee Brewers should do with Villar? Do you think he is holding the team back? Is he going to break out and help the team as we all know he is capable of?