Willians Astudillo, the Twins' talented 'turtle,' is making contact look cool again

Orange County Register
Willians Astudillo, the Twins' talented 'turtle,' is making contact look cool again
Willians Astudillo, the Twins' talented 'turtle,' is making contact look cool again

ANAHEIM —One Willians Astudillo story goes like this: during batting practice one afternoon, Astudillo was hitting everything. Over his head, a foot outside, buried in the dirt – no matter how wild the pitch, Astudillo was determined to make contact. Rudy Hernandez, the Minnesota Twins' batting practice pitcher, tried to throw a ball where no mortal could touch it: directly behind Astudillo's back. The 5-foot-9 dynamo chopped down at the pitch like a tomahawk as his body spun away from home plate. He made contact. Most Astudillo stories end with him making contact. It's his defining trait as a hitter. The 27-year-old rookie from Venezuela has struck out in less than 3 percent of his major league

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