Willians Astudillo
Willians Astudillo
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In the three-true-outcome era, Astudillo is an anomaly. He rarely walks (2.1 BB%) and rarely strikes out (3.1 K%). He led the majors with a 91.7% contact rate (min. 90 PA). A solid season at Triple-A (12 home runs, .782 OPS) resulted in a late-season callup and extensive playing time down the stretch. He hit .355, and after not hitting for any power from 2009 to 2016, he appears to finally be a contributor there as well (.161 ISO). However, questions about his defensive home are the reason he is now with his fourth organization. Listed at 5-foot-9, 225 pounds, he may not have the glove to be more than a backup behind the plate, and while he also played third base, second base and left field after reaching the majors for the first time, he is a below-average defender at all of those spots. Even in a part-time role, his eligibility at catcher will make him valuable in most roto leagues, as he could lead all catchers in batting average. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2017.
Fourth straight start
CMinnesota Twins
May 15, 2019
Astudillo will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Since he returned from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Astudillo has been included in the lineup in all four of the Twins' games. He's set to make his second start over that stretch at third base, replacing Marwin Gonzalez. With Gonzalez hitting well in May, Astudillo may not be a threat to unseat him for the everyday gig, but the 27-year-old could begin to see more action behind the plate if Mitch Garver's high-ankle sprain results in a trip to the IL.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
1
3
1
5
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .741 47 2 1 7 0 .311 .319 .422
Since 2017vs Right .800 144 20 4 23 0 .311 .326 .474
2019vs Left .498 19 0 0 1 0 .235 .263 .235
2019vs Right .723 75 13 2 8 0 .271 .280 .443
2018vs Left .893 28 2 1 6 0 .357 .357 .536
2018vs Right .885 69 7 2 15 0 .354 .377 .508
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .709 88 10 1 13 0 .293 .307 .402
Since 2017Away .850 103 12 4 17 0 .327 .340 .510
2019Home .621 42 5 0 3 0 .256 .262 .359
2019Away .726 52 8 2 6 0 .271 .288 .438
2018Home .790 46 5 1 10 0 .326 .348 .442
2018Away .972 51 4 2 11 0 .380 .392 .580
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Willians Astudillo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
2.1%
 
K Rate
3.2%
 
BABIP
.244
 
ISO
.138
 
AVG
.264
 
OBP
.277
 
SLG
.402
 
OPS
.679
 
wOBA
.290
 
Exit Velocity
86.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.1%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Astudillo saw time at four different positions for High-A Clearwater last season, but primarily split his time between catcher and first base. He may be the best player in all of baseball at making contact. Last season, his contact rate was an otherworldly 97 percent and the year prior it was 95 percent. He has no power or speed, however, which severely limits his fantasy upside should he make it to the majors. He will have to stick at catcher or show he can fill a utility role because his limited power is not a fit at first base. He figures to start the season with Double-A Mississippi, having signed with Atlanta as a minor league free agent in the offseason.
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Leading off in return
CMinnesota Twins
May 12, 2019
Astudillo (hamstring) will start at catcher and lead off in Sunday's game against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Set for return Sunday
CMinnesota Twins
May 11, 2019
Astudillo (hamstring) was activated off the 10-day injured list following Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Could return Wednesday
CMinnesota Twins
Hamstring
May 8, 2019
Astudillo (hamstring) worked out Tuesday and could be activated from the IL before Wednesday's game or Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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May not return when first eligible
CMinnesota Twins
Hamstring
May 6, 2019
Manager Rocco Baldelli acknowledged that Astudillo (hamstring) isn't certain to be activated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday when first eligible, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. "We'd like to get [Astudillo] outside and take some ground balls," Baldelli said. "That has been difficult, with the field being tarped and not being able to do that. I really don't have any new news on that because he's really done everything we've needed him to do in the training room...I can't tell you when he's coming off the IL. I can't tell you it's going to be 10 days, but I don't think it's going to be that long."
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Resumes running
CMinnesota Twins
Hamstring
May 1, 2019
Astudillo (hamstring) ran in the outfield Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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