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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Willians Astudillo Should Be Your New Favorite Player

Just in case you old fogies aren’t aware of this entertaining fellow:

His build can generously be described as “sturdy” and less generously described as “stubby,” all squat and densely packed. Astudillo is 5’ 9” and 225 pounds…

In 20 major league games, Astudillo has been behind the plate scarcely half the time. Otherwise? He’s filled in at second base, third base, left field, and he’s even done a brief stint in center. And, oh, yes, he made a pitching appearance, too…

But there’s something quite remarkable about what he’s done on this path. Astudillo, at every single level, has maintained a weirdly intense approach to plate discipline. He does not walk, and he does not strike out. He has never wavered in that austerity. As baseball becomes increasingly centered on the three true outcomes, Astudillo seeks his truth elsewhere.

PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:30 PM (#5747512)
Lowest TTO% in baseball by far - he should be a hero on this board.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5747525)
Lowest TTO% in baseball by far - he should be a hero on this board.

Love him. Although the first name is a bit much. What's with all these names that look like typos?

Willson Contreras, Willians Astudollo, Welington Castillo. And they're all catchers. Bizarre.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:41 PM (#5747535)
What's with all these names that look like typos?

Willson Contreras, Willians Astudollo, Welington Castillo.
Well, one of them actually is a typo.
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:29 PM (#5747577)
Well, one of them actually is a typo.


Jaff Decker's name both is and isn't a typo. He's named after a family friend by the name of "Jaff"... who was supposed to be "Jeff" until they made an error on the birth certificate.
   5. Ziggy's screen name Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:37 PM (#5747585)
When I was typing in Astudillo's name B-R's suggestion was birthday boy Astyanax Douglass, whose B-R page has probably gotten more traffic today than anytime since his last major league appearance (in 1925).
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5747598)
Jaff Decker's name both is and isn't a typo.
...in which I learn that a guy named Jaff Decker has played major league baseball, albeit quite poorly.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 07:28 PM (#5747737)

I was sure that "Amed" Rosario was a typo the first time I saw it.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 07:31 PM (#5747740)
I was sure that "Amed" Rosario was a typo the first time I saw it.

Huh, didn't know that.

Well, one of them actually is a typo.

Yeah, but it you asked anyone who didn't know the names to guess which one, my typo would be the 4th guess :-)
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2018 at 07:52 PM (#5747756)
Astudillo is 5’ 9” and 225 pounds.

I'd bet 5'7" & 250, at least. A shorter, stubbier, squatter John Kruk. A hero for non-athletes everywhere.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 19, 2018 at 07:57 PM (#5747761)
Chone Figgins is the poster boy for misspelled names.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 08:02 PM (#5747766)
"Jack, Jacob, Jacques ... Jaff? Aw come on!"
   12. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:10 PM (#5747874)
I just added Astudillo in my fantasy league yesterday. I'm ashamed I wasn't aware of him earlier. He's like a shorter, fatter, faster Bartolo Colon, and he plays every position but shortstop. (He hasn't played 1B or RF in the majors yet, but he's only been in 20 games. Give him time.)

In nearly 3,000 professional plate appearances, he's struck out just 94 times.
   13. Srul Itza Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:13 PM (#5747877)
Cano having a nice day in Houston, 3-4, two doubles, three RBI.

I still follow him, but it is bittersweet for him. I think he had a great shot at the Hall, but now that is pretty much a no chance thing.
   14. DL from MN Posted: September 20, 2018 at 06:16 PM (#5748350)
he plays every position but shortstop.


He took some practice at SS the other day but it was probably just to prepare for the shift
   15. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 20, 2018 at 06:33 PM (#5748364)
"Willians Astudillo" is up there with Dwigt Rortugal and Sleve McDichael.

This guy is great. And now I know why all of a sudden people were seemingly posting pictures of Bartolo Colon during his brief stint with the Twins.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 20, 2018 at 06:57 PM (#5748377)
Chone Figgins is the poster boy for misspelled names.

Is it misspelled or mispronounced?

If it was pronounced "Chooown" like Joan, the spelling would be perfect.
   17. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:08 PM (#5748580)
Dwigt Rortugal


"Dwigt?"

"He probably did a find and replace for Dwight, but it obviously missed this one."
   18. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:25 PM (#5748600)
If it was pronounced "Chooown" like Joan,
How the hell is "Chooown" a phonetic spelling of something that rhymes with Joan??
   19. QLE Posted: September 20, 2018 at 11:41 PM (#5748607)
Bobson Dugnutt, on the other hand, sounds like he could have owned a team in the National League for a year or two in the 1900s until his money ran out.
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:01 AM (#5748641)
Dwyane Wade is another guy with a name that looks like a typo. His father was also Dwyane.
   21. McCoy Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM (#5748643)
Javy Baez is still my new favorite player and he should be yours as well.
   22. McCoy Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:07 AM (#5748644)
I have an employee named Larazus because his mother misspelled Lazarus on his birth certificate. He is in fact called Lazarus by everyone.
   23. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:32 AM (#5748676)
How the hell is "Chooown" a phonetic spelling of something that rhymes with Joan??

"own" is pronounced exactly like Joan. But Ch-own, could be pronounced like clown. The extras o's indicate the long o.
   24. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:35 AM (#5748680)
My best friend's middle name is Jefferey because his mother can't spell.
   25. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:39 AM (#5748687)

"own" is pronounced exactly like Joan. But Ch-own, could be pronounced like clown. The extras o's indicate the long o.


Or they might indicate that it sounds like "Choo-(Cl)own".

Why not write "Choan"?

This is why we need to use the International Phonetic Alphabet whenever possible.
   26. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 09:59 AM (#5748709)
Why not write "Choan"?

That works too.

This is why we need to use the International Phonetic Alphabet whenever possible.

Well, if I knew that existed, I might.
   27. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5748711)
My best friend's middle name is Jefferey because his mother can't spell.

My great aunt Jean was legally Helen, b/c the midwife was drunk and put down her sister's name.
   28. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:24 AM (#5748745)
As a minor league junkie, folks have been talking about this guy (even though he was never really considered a prospect) for years - it's great to see the broader world now get exposed to him.
That said, my jaw literally dropped the morning I learned that he'd cameo-d in center the night before; that should NEVER happen.
   29. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 21, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5748859)

Astudillo was on this morning's Sportscenter Not-Top 10 plays, for a play that looked like it could very easily have also been in the Top 10. He fielded a bunt and threw out the lead runner at third while diving forward. But I guess because he's fat and kind of landed face-first, they added a funny sound effect and put it in the Not-Top 10.
   30. asinwreck Posted: September 22, 2018 at 01:16 PM (#5749507)
When I was typing in Astudillo's name B-R's suggestion was birthday boy Astyanax Douglass, whose B-R page has probably gotten more traffic today than anytime since his last major league appearance (in 1925).

How much traffic did that page get in 1925?
   31. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: September 22, 2018 at 04:05 PM (#5749615)
I posted the gif of him running in another thread a few days ago. If he is 225, I am a walrus.

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