Brewers acquire shortstop Jonathan Villar from Astros


Looking to pick up some infield depth, the Brewers have acquired shortstop Jonathan Villar from the Astros in exchange for minor leaguer Cy Sneed.

Milwaukee’s new general manager David Stearns was previously the assistant GM in Houston, so his targeting the 24-year-old Villar makes sense. Starting shortstop Jean Segura could be on the trading block and shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia isn’t quite ready for the big leagues yet.

Villar hit well in a part-time role this year after struggling in 2013 and 2014, batting .284 with two homers and a .752 OPS in 53 games. He’s previously never hit much even in the minors, but has 40-steal speed and a good glove.

Sneed was the Brewers’ third-round draft pick in 2014 and spent this year pitching at Single-A, throwing 139 innings with a 2.58 ERA and 122/28 K/BB ratio. While not a top prospect, he has some MLB potential down the road.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.