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#101 TheLeviathan


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 08:58 AM


I am hopeful. These observations come from watching TV and therefore probably aren’t worthy of writing down.

I love his energy and he seems athletic. The tag out play was awesome.

He seems to have a good arm and can block pitches.

His glove could be more quiet receiving the ball on the edges. He can try to jerk the ball into the zone.

There seems to be a communication problem at times. Some at bats are lengthy and he gets shaken off. Is that because he isn’t executing the game plan? Take a look at the last at bat. Hildenberger got ahead and then they couldn’t connect on how to proceed. At 2-2 Perez asked for time twice as Hildenberger and Astudillo couldn’t get on the same page. Pitchers have to have confidence in his pitch calling. He has to know the plan though I am not sure the Twins have any clue on how to pitch to Perez.

From my view on the couch it seems like he has enough skill to be at least a mediocre defensive catcher.


That's really awesome to hear.Given the dearth of viable two-way catchers around the league, his bat doesn't have to be amazing as long as his defense holds up to your observations.And I'd say, at this point, his bat would play very well for this level of defense.


Let's hope this is a player.Going into the offseason with Garver/Astudillo/Castro is something I'm comfortable with at this point.

#102 spycake


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 10:17 AM

How much confidence should he Twins have in Astudillo? Do they address catcher in the off-season finding a veteran for the 25 man roster?

Isn't that Castro? Unless you want to trade Garver, I don't know if there is realistically room to add another catcher this offseason.
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#103 yarnivek1972


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:51 PM

How much confidence should he Twins have in Astudillo? Do they address catcher in the off-season finding a veteran for the 25 man roster?

Yeah. Jason Castro. 😎

#104 dbminn


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 10:49 AM

Gleeman just published a nice - and free - article on Astudillo at BP. If Willians can get in a little better shape and be just a tad more patient, he could be a really good major leaguer. Watching last night, it seems like he's already making good on the patience thing. 

#105 Eris


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 11:14 AM

I don't see this mentioned here.I was listening to the game last night on MLB At Bat.Astudillo's streak of at bats without a swinging strike ended last night at 33 plate appearances.

#106 Battle ur tail off

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 01:12 PM

It's a no brainer for me to keep this guy around for next season. He plays harder than anyone on the team. Let's also be honest here, neither of the other 2 guys are any better than average or below average and one or both of them is hurt.


Great in the clubhouse, plays his heart out, guys love him. I'd give him a spot. 

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