Jose Villa

Position: 3B
Level: Rk
Affiliate: GCL Yankees West
League: Gulf Coast League
Born: 11/16/1998 (Age: 20)
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 170
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 7/7/2016

Prospect Spotlight

Signed for just $10K during the 2016 J2 period, Villa looks like a bargain after a strong summer in the Gulf Coast League, slashing .380/.404/.570 through his first 100 at-bats. He’s an aggressive hitter that jumps on fastballs early in the count, showing hard line drive contact to the gaps from a compact swing. He should be able to grow into more over-the-fence power as the frame matures. Villa isn’t a physical specimen, nor does he have much of a carry tool. He’s the type of player that grows on you over time, taking good at-bats with feel to hit and the ability to control the barrel. Defensively, he has lined up on the corners (3B, 1B, LF) this summer. Villa is passable with the glove, though he’ll never provide enough value to ride defensive alone to a big league role. More of a gut-feel type, the rosiest projection is an everyday player on the strength of pure hitting ability. Short of that, the contact ability and defensive versatility could make Villa a bench player.