Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has said that his catching decisions will be based on matchups. He wasn't big on the idea to pair a catcher with a pitcher.

But actions speak louder than words.

Willians Astudillo is getting his third start behind the plate today as the Twins face the Blue Jays. All three starts have been with Michael Pineda on the mound.

Astudillo has looked solid behind the plate in his first two starts. This is worth noting. Despite behind listed as a catcher, Astudillo hasn't been a full-time catcher. This will be his 27th major league start, but just the 17th behind the plate. In his minor league career, he's started 241 games behind the plate, 130 at third base, 108 at first base and 68 in the outfield. He's really been a utility player who can also catch, which is a rarity.

But, as we all know, Astudillo is a unicorn, so it fits his persona.

The Twins made sure that Astudillo got a lot of work behind the plate during the final weeks of spring training, when it became apparent that he was going to make the team. They wanted him to sharpen his game-calling skills and get used to working with the pitching staff.

So far, so good. Or Pineda has made Astudillo look good. The big righthander is going for his third straight win today.

Blue Jays

Eric Sogard, 2B
Freddy Galvis, SS
Randal Grichuk, CF
Justin Smoak, DH
Teoscar Hernandez, LF
Rowdy Tellez, 1B
Brandon Drury, 3B
Billy McKinney, RF
Danny Jansen, C

Clay Buchholz, RHP

Max Kepler, RF
Jorge Polanco, SS
Nelson Cruz, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
C.J. Cron, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, 3B
Willians Astudillo, C
Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Byron Buxton, CF

Michael Pineda, RHP

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