Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Man Never Swings and Misses
Don't worry, me either, until today. I was checking out the Phillies low level minor league stats and saw a catcher with the Gulf Coast League with a .300+ batting average and decided to investigate. Turns out he's one helluva hitter. Seriously, the man swings and hits...everything!!! The 20 year old Astudillo is currently in his 4th minor league season and owns a .310 AVG/.765 OPS in 211 games. Nothing special yet, right? Well, he's had 801 plate appearances and has only struck out 21 times (Ryan Howard does that in a week's worth of games). Also, he's only walked 37 times. This mean he's always up at the dish hacking and smacking. He's just now settling in at catcher too, as he's spent time all around the infield (1st, 2nd, SS, and 3rd) as well as corner outfield. Sounds like a good athlete.