Christian Villanueva
Christian Villanueva
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The former prospect finally found sustained big-league work with the rebuilding Padres and left the yard 20 times before a fractured middle finger ended his season in September. The 27-year-old connected with the eighth-highest average launch angle per Statcast (21 degrees) and posted the 10th-highest flyball rate (47.2%) for batters with 350-plus plate appearances. However, Villanueva struggled to make consistent contact (27.1 K%), he was abysmal against same-handed pitching (.189/.225/.319 vs RHP, compared to .336/.392/.726 vs LHP) and he was a net negative on defense. The Padres, intent on removing Villanueva from the 40-man roster, sold his rights to the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. Perhaps Villanueva will resurface in affiliated ball in a year or two, but don't hold your breath. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Padres in November of 2018.
Joining Yomiuri Giants
3BFree Agent  F
Finger
November 20, 2018
Villanueva (finger) was sold to the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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It was originally reported that Villanueva was headed to the Hanshin Tigers, but he was actually sold to the Giants. The 27-year-old had a hot start with San Diego this past season, but ended up with a .236/.299/.450 slash line before a broken finger ended his season in August. The Padres will instead look to their younger infield options, namely top prospect Fernando Tatis.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+87%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+95%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left 1.129 138 24 16 28 0 .341 .391 .738
Since 2016vs Right .605 278 23 8 25 3 .198 .259 .346
2018vs Left 1.118 125 21 14 25 0 .336 .392 .726
2018vs Right .574 259 21 6 21 3 .189 .255 .319
2017vs Left 1.231 13 3 2 3 0 .385 .385 .846
2017vs Right 1.000 19 2 2 4 0 .316 .316 .684
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .842 216 29 15 32 0 .251 .324 .518
Since 2016Away .711 200 18 9 21 3 .239 .280 .431
2018Home .809 198 25 12 26 0 .243 .323 .486
2018Away .688 186 17 8 20 3 .230 .274 .414
2017Home 1.167 18 4 3 6 0 .333 .333 .833
2017Away 1.000 14 1 1 1 0 .357 .357 .643
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Christian Villanueva 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.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
6.0%
 
K Rate
27.1%
 
BABIP
.276
 
ISO
.214
 
AVG
.236
 
OBP
.299
 
SLG
.450
 
OPS
.750
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
Villanueva spent much of the decade as a promising prospect in first the Rangers' and then the Cubs' system. But as he approached the majors, Villanueva was first blocked by Kris Bryant and then, last year, hampered by a season-ending broken leg. The Padres signed Villanueva as a free agent, and he rewarded them by destroying opposing pitchers in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Villanueva significantly improved upon his first Triple-A stint back in 2015, as he showed improved plate discipline and power. He was explosive in 12 games for the big club, too, as he mashed four homers and a double over just 32 at-bats. The Padres have a few options at third base, including Cory Spangenberg and Chase Headley, but with a strong spring training, Villanueva could force his way into the Opening Day mix.
Once the 2017 season rolls around, more than a year will have elapsed since Villanueva last took the field. However, he'd shown improvement in his last minor league showing, which came at Triple-A Iowa in 2015. Although his .259 batting average comes off as underwhelming to some, it was a drastic improvement over 2014's dismal mark of .211. Largely due to newfound power that resulted in 43 extra-base hits over 123 games, his wOBA also trended in the right direction and rose to .330, up from .315. Unfortunately, while his batting improved his fielding regressed to the tune of a .931 fielding percentage, making him a liability at the hot corner. At 25 years old, Villanueva has never taken a major-league at-bat and has filled the job of organizational depth up to this point. His chances of contributing in 2017 improved after he signed a minor league deal with the Padres during the offseason.
Kris Bryant zoomed past Villanueva on the organizational depth chart, but that doesn't mean there aren't some interesting things in Villanueva's skill set. The 24-year-old third baseman hit just .257 in the minors last year, but he drove in 95 runs - including 88 for Triple-A Iowa - and had a much-improved 39:85 BB:K in 2015. His home-run power abandoned him in an injury-plagued 2014, but he bounced back with 20 home runs last year. No, he's not going to supplant Bryant, but the Cubs might find some use for him, either as a backup corner infielder or a decent trading chip.
With 19 home runs and a .786 OPS with Double-A Tennessee in 2013, Villanueva came into 2014 with optimism. Unfortunately, his bat abandoned him at Triple-A Iowa, as he struck out 64 times and hit just six home runs in 64 games. He was sent back down to Tennessee and didn't fare much better, hitting four home runs in 234 at-bats. With Kris Bryant about ready to start his major league career at the hot corner, Villanueva will need to find another position - or organization - if he wants to make an impact in the big leagues.
Villanueva spent the year with Double-A Tennessee and had 62 extra-base hits, but his 34:117 BB:K ratio indicates he still has some work to do at the plate. There are a lot of options for the hot corner in Chicago, and Kris Bryant is definitely the future at the position, but Villanueva could get to the majors first and might be able to find some success if he works on his batting eye.
Villanueva made the Sally League All-Star team in his full-season debut, hitting .278/.338/.465, and is expected to play at High-A Myrtle Beach in 2012. He could switch positions, as Texas is well-stocked at third base with Adrian Beltre and Mike Olt.
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Sold to Hanshin Tigers
3BFree Agent  F
Finger
November 20, 2018
Villanueva (finger) was sold to the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Officially shut down
3BSan Diego Padres  F
Finger
September 15, 2018
Villanueva (finger) has been shut down for the season, MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports.
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Will miss 3-to-4 weeks
3BSan Diego Padres  F
Finger
August 23, 2018
Villanueva underwent X-rays on Wednesday that revealed a fractured right middle finger, which will sideline him for 3-to-4 weeks, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Headed to DL with broken finger
3BSan Diego Padres  F
Finger
August 22, 2018
Villanueva will be placed on the disabled list with a fractured finger, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Battling nagging finger issue
3BSan Diego Padres  F
Finger
August 22, 2018
Villanueva is battling a nagging right middle finger injury, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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