SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Villar, the closest shortstop prospect to the Majors in the Astros' system, will miss six weeks after fracturing his right hand punching a door during a Minor League game on Friday night, the club announced on Saturday.
"This is a big loss for us," Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said. "Jonathan was having an outstanding season and really showed that he is one of the top young shortstops in all of Minor League baseball. The injury is unfortunate for Jonathan, but he has a very bright future ahead of him and we're looking forward to him getting back on the field."
Villar, 21, had 11 homers and 50 RBIs at Double-A Corpus Christi. He entered the season at No. 5 on MLB.com's Top 20 Astros Prospects List, and he was leading the Texas League with 39 stolen bases.
Villar hit a homer to lead off the game and ended the night 1-for-4, playing the entire game. X-rays afterward revealed the fracture, which he suffered punching a door between innings at some point during the game.
Jeff Fletcher is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.