Willians Astudillo

Willians Astudillo

31-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
 Free Agent  Foreign
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Astudillo signed to play with the SoftBank Hawks of NPB in 2023. The 31-year-old infielder has had a 5.5 percent strikeout rate and 1.5 percent walk rate in 271 MLB plate appearances over the past two seasons, but he hit just .237 with eight home runs over that stretch. Astudillo could find offensive success in Japan, but he will likely always be a defensive liability. He'd likely need a big career boost to return to MLB again. Read Past Outlooks
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#600
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$Signed a one-year deal with the SoftBank Hawks of the KBO in November of 2022.
To play in Japan
3BFree Agent  F
November 26, 2022
Astudillo has signed with the SoftBank Hawks of NPB, Nikkan Sports reports.
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The 31-year-old infielder has had a 5.5 percent strikeout rate and 1.5 percent walk rate in 271 MLB plate appearances over the past two seasons, but he hit just .237 with eight home runs over that stretch. Astudillo could find offensive success in Japan, but he will likely always be a defensive liability.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
2
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .629 103 9 3 12 1 .235 .262 .367
Since 2020vs Right .622 184 17 6 16 0 .239 .255 .367
2022vs Left .481 15 1 0 0 1 .214 .267 .214
2022vs Right .575 40 4 1 4 0 .250 .250 .325
2021vs Left .662 87 8 3 12 0 .241 .264 .398
2021vs Right .616 129 9 4 9 0 .232 .256 .360
2020vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .800 15 4 1 3 0 .267 .267 .533
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+80%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .666 119 12 5 13 0 .241 .261 .405
Since 2020Away .595 168 14 4 15 1 .235 .256 .340
2022Home .500 12 1 0 1 0 .250 .250 .250
2022Away .565 43 4 1 3 1 .238 .256 .310
2021Home .662 100 9 4 9 0 .237 .260 .402
2021Away .610 116 8 3 12 0 .234 .259 .351
2020Home 1.000 7 2 1 3 0 .286 .286 .714
2020Away .556 9 2 0 0 0 .222 .222 .333
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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 2019 data (min 400 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
1.8%
 
K Rate
5.5%
 
BABIP
.240
 
ISO
.056
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.255
 
SLG
.296
 
OPS
.551
 
wOBA
.245
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
15.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.265
 
Expected SLG
.315
 
Sprint Speed
20.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
45.1%
 
Line Drive %
19.6%
 
Fly Ball %
35.3%
 
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Astudillo is a fan favorite with a very unique statistical profile, possessing a career 4.7 percent strikeout rate and a 1.9 percent walk rate. He posted impressive small-sample numbers in his debut in 2018 but hasn't done much since then, hitting .254/.278/.382 across 139 games. Astudillo's 91.3 percent career contact rate is matched by few, but a paucity of power and a minuscule walk rate has thus far rendered him a below-average hitter (86 wRC+) during his time in the majors. Though he's seen the bulk of his work at catcher during his minor-league career, the Twins were reluctant to use him behind the plate at the big-league level for most of the past two seasons, with Astudillo instead serving mostly as a utility infielder, and it's not clear he has a future as a catcher. He'll try to win a utility role with the Marlins, but may just add depth at Triple-A.
Astudillo's future with the Twins is cloudy as he's not a strong enough defender behind the plate to be the primary backup catcher, and he's not a good enough hitter to overcome poor defense at other positions (in 2019 he played third base, second base and left field) and justify a utility role. Astudillo tested positive for COVID-19 just before the regular season began and missed the first month. He was used sparingly when called up to the majors, playing just eight games, and he was left off the playoff roster. He rarely strikes out (3.3% last three seasons) or walks, making an extremely high level of contact, and he adds decent power for a catcher. He may struggle to find a role on the major-league roster again, but could have some value in two-catcher leagues if he's able to get steady playing time behind the plate.
Astudillo rarely strikes out (3.9 K%) thanks to an MLB-best contact rate. He also rarely walks (2.5 BB%), and unlike in his rookie season, he didn't do as much when he made contact in 2019, hitting just .268 with a .678 OPS. He may have been a bit unlucky with a .258 BABIP and 5.6 HR/FB ratio. Injuries may have also been a factor as he missed 56 games with a left oblique strain. He may not have the glove to be more than a minimal backup behind the plate (-1 DRS), though he did improve on his pitch framing. While he can fulfill a utility role, as he also played third base, second base and left field, he is a below-average defender at all of those positions, giving him a tenuous hold on a MLB roster spot. Still, his eligibility at catcher gives him some appeal and could make him valuable in deeper leagues if he's able to rebound at the plate.
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.
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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Clears waivers
3BMiami Marlins  F
August 9, 2022
The Marlins outrighted Astudillo to Triple-A Jacksonville on Aug. 1.
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Designated for assignment
3BMiami Marlins  F
July 29, 2022
Astudillo was designated for assignment Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Sitting Thursday
3BMiami Marlins  F
July 28, 2022
Astudillo will sit Thursday against the Reds, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Gets fourth straight start
3BMiami Marlins  F
July 27, 2022
Astudillo will start at second base and bat sixth in Wednesday's game against the Reds.
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Rejoins Miami, starting Sunday
3BMiami Marlins  F
July 24, 2022
Asudillo had his contract selected by the Marlins and will start at third base and bat eighth Sunday against the Pirates, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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