June 18, 2021

Grading the 2019 Twins: How did Willians “La Tortuga” Astudillo play after a sensational debut in 2018? (Twinkie Town)


This is another in the “Grading the 2019 Twins” series. If this is your first time venturing beyond the home page into this series, then you’re probably reading this introductory paragraph. Hi! I hope your day’s going well! In these articles, the author discusses a player’s 2019 season and hands out a letter grade, then everyone else votes in the poll at the end and chats about it in the comments. Previous entries to the series can be found in the links below.

Willians Astudillo may have been a backup part-time player in 2018, but that year, his first with the Minnesota Twins, he became a legend.

After his spring training no-look pickoff of Shane Robinson, people started noticing the squat catcher who seemed to make contact with any pitched ball. When the Twins called him up, he became one of the most fun players in the game, making his major league debut in center field and playing all over the diamond… while still getting his bat on everything.

Astudillo — now widely known as La Tortuga — became a sensation. Writers penned articles analyzing his anti-three-true-outcomes hitting. MLB released an Astudillo highlight video at the end of the season. Before…

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