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2018 MLB Draft: USF INF David Villar Selected by the San Francisco Giants in 11th Round (316th Overall)

The junior had a career year in 2018 and was named first-team All-Conference and third team All-American at the hot corner.

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USF baseball 3B David Villar was selected with the second pick of the 11th round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

He joins fellow Bulls Shane McClanahan and Andrew Perez as members of the 2015 recruiting class who have been drafted early with 29 (!!!) more rounds to go before the end of the day.

Much like McClanahan and Perez, Villar was a part of that stellar class that helped turn USF baseball around under former head coach Mark Kingston and had a monster season in 2018 at the plate. The 6’-0” 205 lb junior out of American Heritage High School in Pembroke Pines, FL was the 4th rated third baseman in the state of Florida according to Perfect Game in the class of 2015.

David Villar improved his game in virtually every category since arriving in Tampa in 2016. His freshman campaign he started all but one game at third base and slashed .239/.305/.390 in 55 games with 49 hits and 29 runs in 205 at-bats. He hit 14 doubles and 5 home runs striking out 62 times. He improved at the dish in his sophomore year slashing .290/.417/.449 in 60 games, all starting at third base. He compiled 62 hits with 36 runs and 45 RBI and slugged seven home runs.

His junior campaign ended up being a career year. Villar led the Bulls in most offensive categories in 2018 where he started all 59 games at third base with 219 plate appearances. He collected 82 hits with a conference leading 24 doubles, 58 RBI and 53 runs; all team highs. He slashed an impressive .374/.463/.648 on the year, all team highs, in addition to smashing 12 home runs and collecting 28 walks. His OPS was 1.111(!!!). Villar’s 24 doubles is good for third all time in program history tied with Joe Lis (1991).

He was named first team All-Conference at third base and was named a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper third team All-American for his career year in 2018. Ahead of his draft selection, Villar was also named a College Sports Madness third team All-American adding to his accolades.

We wish the best of luck to David in the Giants system.