Willians Jose Astudillo (pronounced ah-stew-DEE-oh)...Instagram: @williansastudillo...originally signed by Philadelphia as minor league free agent December 15, 2008...nicknamed "La Tortuga" by teammates, translating in Spanish to "Turtle"...gained national attention March 12, 2018 for a no-look pickoff at first base (as catcher) of Shane Robinson in spring training in Tampa (New York-AL).
Was in Twins spring training, the first of his career; reassigned to minor league camp March 27 and began season with Triple-A Rochester....Hit .289 (52-for-180) with 12 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 26 RBI in first 50 games forRed Wings...Had contract selected by Minnesota June 29...Made major league debut June 30 at Chicago-NL, entering the game in leftfield...recorded first major
league hit in same game, singling off Brian Duensing, and driving in first RBI...Hit in each of first three career games, going 5-for-11 in that span with one triple and three RBI...Made first career pitching appearance July 14 vs. Tampa Bay, allowing five runs on five hits in 1.0 inning pitched...allowed two home runs, no walks and no strikeouts...became the 12th different position player in club history to pitch and one of four on the season (Ryan LaMarre, Mitch Garver and Chris Gimenez)...Optioned to Rochester July 21...Played in 28 games for Rochester in August and was recalled for a final time August 24....Hit first career home run August 29 at Cleveland, a solo shot off Adam Plutko...Hit walk-off two-run homer September 9 vs. Kansas City off Jason Hammel, breaking a 1-1 tie with two outs in the bottom of the ninth....Hit .388 (26-for-67) with four doubles, two home runs, 17 RBI and just one strikeout in 19 September games...led AL rookies in batting average, tied for second in RBI and sixth in hits, during the month...Appeared in 16 games (14 starts) at catcher, six at third base (5 starts), two at second base (1 start), one game in leftfield, one game in centerfield and one game at pitcher...Played for Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .325 (76-for-234) with nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 46 RBI, a .370 on-base percentage and just four strikeouts in 61 games...finished second in MVP voting with 166 points (22 first place votes, 5 second place votes and 11 third place votes)...finished second to former Twin Delmon Young who had 178 points (23 first place votes).
Signed minor league contract with Arizona organization in off-season...Played in just 36 games for Triple-A Reno...Had two separate stints on disabled list: July 4-13 with a left hamstring strain and August 5-end of season with a left hamate fracture...Hit .393 (11-for-28) in eight August games and .365 (17-for-47) in 12 July games...Hit .364 (36-for-99) against right-handed pitching and .238 (5-for-21) against left-handed pitching... Played for Caribes de Anzoategui in Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .319 (65-for-204) with 11 doubles, six home runs and 37 RBI in 55 games.