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Villar eyeing Gold Glove season at second

March 29, 2017

PHOENIX -- Jonathan Villar not only agrees with Brewers officials that he will fare better this season at second base than he did last year at third -- he also thinks he is a candidate to win some hardware."I want to focus on winning a Gold Glove," Villar said. "I

PHOENIX -- Jonathan Villar not only agrees with Brewers officials that he will fare better this season at second base than he did last year at third -- he also thinks he is a candidate to win some hardware.
"I want to focus on winning a Gold Glove," Villar said. "I like playing there. I think I can do it."
He added: "I want it."
If Villar achieves his goal, he would join rare company. The Brewers have had only one Gold Glove Award winner in the past 34 seasons: center fielder Carlos Gomez in 2013. Before that, no Brewer had won the award since shortstop Robin Yount in 1982, the same year he was the American League MVP.

Villar began last season as the Brewers' shortstop but moved around the infield after the team promoted then-top prospect Orlando Arcia on Aug. 2. Villar first manned third base, but was charged with 12 errors in 40 starts at the position and ended the season splitting time with Scooter Gennett at second.
Over the winter, manager Craig Counsell made it clear he intended to use Villar as Milwaukee's regular second baseman. Gennett was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Tuesday.
"I'm happy there," Villar said. "I don't think it's as hard as third base. I think it's easy to turn the double play."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.