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September 29, 2020 01:12 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Nabs spot on postseason roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins recalled Astudillo from their alternate site Monday and added him to their postseason roster.

Astudillo is one of four catchers on the playoff roster, though he's at least capable of providing the Twins with some depth at multiple infield spots, if needed. So long as Minnesota's position players stay relatively healthy during the postseason, however, Astudillo likely won't be in line for much action.

September 18, 2020 05:04 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Sent to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo was optioned to the alternate training site, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

The 29-year-old joined the big-league club Sept. 4 but appeared in only three games during his time with the team. Astudillo has only 16 plate appearances on the season. Mitch Garver (back) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move.

September 13, 2020 01:52 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Cranks first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against Cleveland.

Astudillo took Zach Plesac yard in the second inning for a solo home run, his first long ball of the season. He has gotten only 11 plate appearances to this point in the campaign due to a combination of illness and being placed at the Twins' alternate site. With Alex Avila (back) on the injured list, Astudillo should have the chance to rack up some playing time as the backup catcher.

September 5, 2020 06:24 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Remains on active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo was recalled from the Twins' alternate training site Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Astudillo served as the 29th man during the Twins' doubleheader Friday, but he'll remain on the active roster after Alex Avila (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list. The 28-year-old should serve in a depth role during his time in the majors.

September 4, 2020 10:48 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Called up as extra man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo was recalled by the Twins to serve as the 29th man for their doubleheader against the Tigers on Friday.

If Astudillo gets into a game Friday, it will be his first big-league action of the season. He missed the early part of the year while working his way back from a positive COVID-19 test, though he's been off the injured list since mid-August and was evidently simply not needed. It's no surprise that he's not one of the Twins' top options this season, as he struggled to a .268/.299/.379 slash line last season despite posting his customary extremely low 3.9 percent strikeout rate.

August 12, 2020 02:40 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Off IL, sent to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins reinstated Astudillo from the COVID-19 injured list and optioned him to their alternate training site Tuesday.

The move was merely procedural, as Astudillo reported to the Twins' alternate site nearly three weeks ago after receiving full clearance following a positive COVID-19 test prior to summer camp. Should either of Minnesota's top two catchers (Mitch Garver and Alex Avila) miss time at any point, Astudillo would likely be at the top of the list for a promotion to the big club.

August 11, 2020 09:52 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Getting close to major league ready
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo is getting "very close" to being an option to be called up to the majors, manager Rocco Baldelli told Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic.

Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 before summer camp began and wasn't cleared until July 26. He was behind in his training as a result and has been working his way back at Minnesota's alternate training site in St. Paul. The Twins currently have just three non-pitchers on the bench, so he could be needed as a third catcher and backup corner infielder soon.

July 26, 2020 03:56 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Cleared to join alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo has been cleared to rejoin the Twins at their alternate training site, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

Astudillo tested negative on back-to-back coronavirus tests, so he has been cleared. He will look to knock off any rust and get back up to speed before potentially joining the 30-man roster in the coming days.

July 23, 2020 12:28 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: No sign of return from COVID-19
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo, who is on the Covid-19 IL, has not yet been cleared to return to the Twins and his return date is uncertain. "It's been a slow road for him and none of it is due to anything that (he) really has done himself," manager Rocco Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 before summer camp began and has been quarantined away from the team. He is said to be asymptomatic and feeling well. He'll begin the season on the COVID-19 IL and it may be several weeks before he's activated since he'll likely need a week or more to ramp up his activity once cleared.

July 13, 2020 02:36 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Still not cleared to participate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo, who is on the Covid-19 IL, still has not been cleared to participate in summer camp, though he is asymptomatic and feeling well, Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey told the St. Paul PIoneer Press.

Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 before summer camp began and has been quarantined away from the team. He was on the major-league roster bubble before spring training was shut down in March, as it wasn't clear if the Twins would keep three catchers. However, Astudillo looked set to make the initial expanded roster as a third catcher, but it's not certain he'll be in game shape when the regular season begins even if he's cleared to join camp soon.

July 5, 2020 11:16 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Shuttled to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins placed Astudillo (illness) on the 10-day injured list Saturday.

The transaction was made shortly after the Twins announced that Astudillo and Sano were two of four players in the 60-man player pool who tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the intake process at the team's summer camp. Before Astudillo -- who is believed to be asymptomatic, per Do-Hyoung Park of -- is eligible to rejoin the Twins for workouts, he'll need to self-isolate and test negative twice. The timing of Astudillo's positive test could make it a challenge for him to gain full clearance in advance of the Twins' Opening Day game July 23 or 24.

July 3, 2020 05:32 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Tests positive for coronavirus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo has tested positive for COVID-19, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

Astudillo is reportedly asymptomatic, but he'll nevertheless remain quarantined for the time being. The lost time these next few weeks could shrink his role early in the season, and he's already not guaranteed too many at-bats, as he hit an unimpressive .268/.299/.379 in 204 plate appearances last season.

June 30, 2020 10:44 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Part of 60-man squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo was included in Minnesota's 60-man player pool ahead of summer camp before the 2020 season begins, reports.

Astudillo was on the major-league roster bubble before spring training was shut down in March, as it wasn't clear the Twins would keep three catchers. However, he's very likely to make the initial major-league roster in the shortened 60-game season since the Twins will be able to initially keep 30 players in the majors. The uncertainty of the short season could lead the Twins to keep three catchers on the major-league roster all year, even when rosters are reduced to 26 players after four weeks.

March 20, 2020 02:12 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Odds of making roster increase
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo's odds of making the 26-man roster have increased due to the delayed start to the season, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

Had the season started on time, the Twins would have likely broken camp with LaMonte Wade and Jake Cave on the roster due to the fact Byron Buxton (shoulder) and Marwin Gonzalez (knee) were expected to enter the season at less than 100 percent. However, the shutdown period will allow both players to get fully healthy, and it's possible that a condensed season with fewer off days would incline the Twins to carry three catchers, which would favor Astudillo. He hit .269 with zero extra-base hits, zero walks and one strikeout in 26 plate appearances this spring.

February 23, 2020 01:20 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Quest for bench role begins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo started at catcher and went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his spring debut in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.

Astudillo will battle for a final reserve spot this spring as it's not clear if the Twins will decide to keep him as the 26th man (with new expanded active rosters) or a reserve outfielder such as Jake Cave. Astudillo could give the Twins a third catcher and he can also fulfill a utility role, as he also played third base, second base and left field last year. However, he'll need a strong spring at the plate after hitting a disappointing .268 with a .678 OPS last season.

October 5, 2019 10:48 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Fails to make ALDS roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo is not on the Twins' ALDS roster.

Despite striking out at a minuscule 3.9 percent clip, Astudillo didn't do much damage at the plate this season, hitting just .268/.299/.397 in 204 plate appearances. Luis Arraez's return from an ankle injury makes Astudillo largely irrelevant as a utility option.

September 27, 2019 12:04 AM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Scores four times
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and four runs scored Thursday against the Tigers.

Astudillo reached base four times and came around to score on each occasion. The highlight came in the eighth inning, when he smacked his fourth home run of the campaign. He's played only sparingly down the stretch, as Thursday's start was his third in the team's past eight games.

September 22, 2019 12:28 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Not in Sunday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo is not in Sunday's lineup against the Royals.

Astudillo will head to the bench for the third time in the team's last four games. Marwin Gonzalez will take over at first base and bat sixth in his place.

September 19, 2019 04:20 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Out of Thursday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.

Astudillo is hitting .243 with zero home runs, two walks, two strikeouts and two hit-by-pitches in 13 games this month. Marwin Gonzalez will start at first base and hit sixth.

September 17, 2019 03:36 PM
Twins' Willians Astudillo: Sits again Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Astudillo remains on the bench Tuesday against the White Sox.

Astudillo started fairly frequently earlier in the month, but the return of Marwin Gonzalez from an abdominal injury appears to have cut into his playing time. Gonzalez starts at first base for the second straight game.

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