And what did he do? He tossed a perfect inning, highlighted by such fantastically finessed pitches as a 46 MPH eephus right in the middle of the zone. Of his seven total pitches, five were strikes and four were estimated as the slowest pitch velocities of the game (between 46 and 59 MPH) per Statcast. That’s art.
This isn’t his first mound appearance. He also pitched an inning against the Rays in 2018. That outing didn’t turn out quite as well, as he allowed five runs off five hits (two homers) over 35 pitches in a 19-6 loss for Minnesota.
Astudillo is hitting .304 with a .683 OPS in nine games this season, but with performances like tonight’s maybe he’s on his way to becoming the next two-way star like Shohei Ohtani — who he missed facing by one batter on Friday.