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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
93-69 7-3 L1
80-82 5-5 W1
77-85 3-7 W1
74-88 5-5 L2
73-89 6-4 W2

2021 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .236 7 21 .634 0

Top Willians Astudillo News

  • Willians Astudillo: Heads to open market

    The Twins released Astudillo on Wednesday after he cleared waivers, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    After a four-year stint in the Minnesota organization, the 30-year-old Astudillo will try his luck elsewhere following his removal from the 40-man roster last week. Though he's seen the bulk of his work at catcher during his minor-league career, the Twins were reluctant to use him behind the plate at the big-league level for most of the past two seasons, with Astudillo instead serving mostly as a utility infielder. While Astudillo's 91.3 percent career contact rate is matched by few, a paucity of power and a minuscule 1.9 percent walk rate has thus far rendered him a below-average hitter (86 wRC+) during his time in the majors. He'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal this winter.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Designated for assignment

    Astudillo was designated for assignment Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Astudillo is a fan favorite with a very unique statistical profile, possessing a career 4.7 percent strikeout rate and a 1.9 percent walk rate. He posted impressive small-sample numbers in his debut in 2018 but hasn't done much since then, hitting .254/.278/.382 across 139 games. That line doesn't work even for a player who's nominally a catcher, and Astudillo's poor defense at that spot meant he only started 25 games behind the plate over the last three years.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Homers in loss

    Astudillo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Astudillo got the Twins on the board with a 371-foot shot against Chris Sale in the fifth inning. The 29-year-old has battled for playing time this season, hitting .257/.281/.421 with seven long balls across 61 games. Mitch Garver (back) and Ryan Jeffers (heel) are both nursing injuries, which could open up more catching opportunities for Astudillo.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Good to go Friday

    Astudillo (foot) is starting at first base and batting seventh Friday against the Yankees, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Astudillo hasn't seen game action since Sunday when he exited after being hit by a pitch on the foot, but he'll rejoin the starting nine Friday. The 29-year-old should see increased work at first base all weekend with Miguel Sano potentially out until Tuesday while on the paternity list.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Exits after HBP

    Astudillo was removed from Sunday's game against the Rays after being hit by a pitch on the foot, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

    Astudillo went 0-for-2 before being hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth inning, and he was unable to remain in the contest to run the bases. The 29-year-old figures to undergo X-rays and should be considered day-to-day until the team updates his status.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Slugs decisive homer

    Astudillo went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Minnesota was trailing by a run entering the sixth inning, but Astudillo turned things around with a two-run shot to left field that gave the Twins a 4-3 lead. That ended up being the final score, as neither team was able to cross the plate over the remainder of the game. Astudillo entered the contest with only one hit in nine at-bats in August, and he has been riding the pine at the start of games more often than not lately.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Raps three hits in loss

    Astudillo went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

    Playing third base and hitting out of the five spot, Astudillo notched his second straight three-hit performance and belted his second double in as many games. He has gone 6-for-10 over his past two games to lift his season average from .246 to .271.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Records fifth homer

    Astudillo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against Detroit.

    Astudillo took Tyler Alexander yard in the fourth inning to record his fifth home run of the season. Since being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul on July 21, Astudillo has drawn three starts and recorded 12 plate appearances. He's managed only two hits in that span, though both have gone for extra bases. Overall, he's hitting .246/.271/.396 across 140 plate appearances on the season.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Headed to majors

    The Twins will call up Astudillo from Triple-A St. Paul prior to Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.

    Astudillo returns to the majors after playing 22 games in St. Paul, with which he hit .281 with two home runs. He'll be used in a utility role and may not get much time at catcher with Mitch Garver back from a groin injury. Alex Kirilloff (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Optioned to Triple-A

    Astudillo was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on Saturday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Astudillo hadn't been receiving regular opportunities for the Twins, as his start at third base Friday against the Rangers was his first in 10 days. He was sent down to make way for the return of Byron Buxton (hip), though he'll likely be one of the first few names called upon if the team needs another bat in the future.

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  • Twins' Willians Astudillo: Role on decline

    Astudillo remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.

    Though he offers multi-positional versatility for a Twins squad that remains without several key position players due to injury, Astudillo looks like he'll stick in a bench role for the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old hasn't proven deserving of a regular spot in the lineup after slashing a meager .252/.263/.391 through 118 plate appearances this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Barcelona Anzoategui, Venezuela
Age: 30
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R