8/5/1992 (24 y, 7 m, 24 d) Bats/Throws:
OFContract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Reported: 10/11/2014 Risk: 3 ETA: 2015 Team Rank: 9 Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
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Santana hit a three-run home run in Thursday's spring game and is 8-for-25 (.320) with three home runs and eight RBI through eight spring games. (3/10/2017)
|Profile: Santana has always been a peculiar case. At 6-foot-5, he is a physical specimen, capable of hitting towering home runs and putting up gaudy minor league numbers. But all that power comes with a lot of swing-and-miss, and big league pitchers have so far found ways to exploit it. Going by exit velocity, he hit the ball harder than almost anyone in baseball last year; yet he still produced like a league-average hitter due to his unsightly strikeout totals. Santana's still just 24, so it's understandable that he still has adjustments left to make to his swing and his approach. He also battled through a shoulder injury last year, which may have hindered his performance. His upside is obvious: If he can make enough contact to get to his power, Santana could easily be a 30-homer, 10-steal guy. That's certainly worth a late-round flier in mixed leagues, but don't bank on anything more than .250 with 20 bombs until he proves himself against big league pitching. (Chris Mitchell)|
The Quick Opinion: Santana has loads of power, but lots of swing-and-miss and a mediocre big league track record. Pay for the mediocrity, and hope for a breakout.