Craig Counsell confirms Jonathan Villar will be Brewers’ Opening Day shortstop

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed that Jonathan Villar will be the club’s everyday shortstop when the season begins, per a report from Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. There was some speculation that top prospect Orlando Arcia could open the season with the starting job, but he’ll start at Triple-A with the hope of being called up later on.

Villar, 24, was acquired by the Brewers from the Astros back in November in exchange for minor leaguer Cy Sneed. Over parts of three seasons in the majors with the Astros, Villar has hit .236/.300/.353 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 75 runs scored, and 42 stolen bases in 658 plate appearances.

Arcia, 21, was rated the 88th overall prospect in baseball heading into the 2015 season by and earned 93 and 94 rankings, respectively, from Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America as well. At Double-A Biloxi las tseason, Arcia put up a .307/.357/.453 triple-slash line with 52 extra-base hits and 25 stolen bases over 552 trips to the plate.

Once Arcia is called up, Villar could slide over to second base and share the position with Scooter Gennett, assuming that Aaron Hill is traded by the August 1 deadline.