UP: Willians Astudillo
Sometimes when a player gets sent down to the minor leagues, they start to get down on themselves and perform even worse at the Triple-A level. While that may be the case for some, that has not been the case for Willians Astudillo.
The Twins catcher was sent down prior to the series finale in Detroit last week, but has responded by tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A Rochester. In six games with the Red Wings, Astudillo has gone 15-for-26 (.600) with three home runs and nine RBI. What’s even more insane is his .960 slugging percentage which means he’s averaging nearly a base every time he steps up to the plate.
Yes, this is an extremely small sample size, but one that is also encouraging considering Astudillo’s struggles at the plate before being sent down. It’s clear that “La Tortuga” wants to get back to the Twins as soon as possible, but there may not be room with a bullpen that has struggled and a catching situation that features the red hot Garver and Jason Castro.
Regardless, Astudillo’s versatility could lead him back to Minnesota if the Twins see an injury and it appears that when that call comes, the 27-year old will be ready for another opportunity.