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Jonathan Villar is Preparing for a Bounceback Year

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In an article published on Brewers.com this afternoon, Jonathan Villar talked about how he's planning to change his approach at the plate. Over the winter, Brewers first-base coach Carlos Subero encouraged Villar to watch some video of Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who is known for choking up on the bat in an effort to make as much contact as possible. Villar is certainly making an effort to improve upon his poor 2017 season. Some things to note from the article: 1) Villar essentially cut his strikeout rate in half during winter ball. He struck out just 9 times in 77 at-bats, while also walking 9 times. That would put his both his walk rate and K-rate at just 10% (assuming he had about 86 plate appearances). 2) Villar revealed that after returning from the World Baseball Classic last spring, he dealt with some pain in his right shoulder. Villar refused to use the discomfort as an excuse, but it may have been a factor in his poor offensive production. Get ready. The Jonathan Villar 2018 Bounceback Season is coming.