Twins utilityman Willians Astudillo has tested positive for COVID-19, the Twins announced today. Dan Hayes of The Athletic was the type of covering the news on Twitter.
Fortunately, it does not looks as if Astudillo has received a worrying reaction to the condition to this aspect. He’s said to be symptom-free at the moment.
The Twins reported three other players that have active coronavirus infections. Edwar Colina and Nick Gordon are among them, having previously tested positive. Both are in the 60-man player pool; Gordon is on the 40-man. Neither player has to this point debuted in the majors.
There’s also a fourth, unnamed player who, like Astudillo, tested positive at intake. Evidently, that player have not assented to public disclosure, as did Astudillo.
It would likely be regrettable should the Twins open the growing season without Astudillo. He’s one of many game’s most offbeat players — and not just because of his barrel-chested figure and high-energy approach to the overall game. Astudillo is not only bemusing but additionally legitimately interesting as a person, owing to his blend of positional versatility (including catcher, his primary position) and unusual proclivity to place the ball in play (career 2.3% walk rate, 3.7% strikeout rate). Though he had not been as effective last season as in his brief 2018 debut, Astudillo was and is expected to be an important area of the Minnesota roster this year.