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Carlos Santana | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
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Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a home run, walk and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Batting leadoff, Santana rudely welcomed Anibal Sanchez back to the Tigers' rotation with a solo blast, his 16th of the year. Seven of those have come this month, and the 30-year-old now has 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in June. Santana is hitting .235/.336/.467 overall. Jun 25 - 7:29 PM

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Carlos Santana stayed hot as he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI on Wednesday.

Santana is a drain on the batting average category but is solid everywhere else. He now has a .231/.333/.455 line with 15 home runs, 39 runs and 38 RBI. That would look good if he still had catcher eligibility but is not so hot for a designated hitter.
Jun 22 - 10:05 PM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Rays.

Batting right-handed, Santana hit a solo homer off Rays starter Drew Smyly in the sixth inning. He's been heating up in recent days, as the homer was Santana's fifth in his last eight games. He's now got 15 home runs and 36 RBI, batting .230/.332/.455 in 68 games.
Jun 20 - 10:28 PM

Carlos Santana slugged a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Friday.

After the White Sox tied things up in the top of the ninth inning, Santana took Nate Jones deep to lead off the bottom of the inning. The 30-year-old has amassed four homers over his last five games and is now up to 14 on the year to go along with a .226/.332/.453 batting line.
Jun 17 - 10:44 PM

Carlos Santana hit his 13th home run in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Santana took Royals starter Chris Young deep in the third inning for a solo shot. The designated hitter also walked twice in the contest. Santana is having a fairly typical year for his standards, batting .230/.338/.451 with 13 bombs, 33 RBI and 33 runs scored while seeing some time at the top of the Indians' order.
Jun 14 - 11:35 PM

Carlos Santana started at DH and finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI on Saturday versus the Angels.

This game was a pitchers' duel. The Indians couldn't put anything together against Matt Shoemaker. Santana's two hits boost his slash line to .228/.333/.420 on the season. That was OK when he was a catcher but doesn't fly for a 1B/DH fantasy player. He is useful in OBP leagues but borders on a liability in standard AVG leagues.
Jun 12 - 2:29 AM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in an 11-4 drubbing of the Orioles on Saturday.

Batting atop the Indians order, Santana played the part of leadoff hitter, collecting a couple hits and stealing his third base of the season. Without much fanfare, he's now reached base safely in 10 straight games. The 30-year-old is hitting .231/.345/.438 with eight homers, 24 RBI and 24 runs scored on the year.
May 28 - 8:23 PM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in a 7-2 win over the Reds on Thursday.

Santana connected for two-run shots in the fourth and fifth innings. The multi-homer game was his first in 2016 and gives him seven home runs and 21 RBI on the year. He's hitting a very Carlos Santana-esque .237/.348/.459 overall.
May 19 - 10:28 PM

Carlos Santana is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

The game is being played in Cincinnati under National League rules, so Santana will take a seat. Mike Napoli is at first base and batting cleanup versus the Reds.
May 18 - 3:29 PM

Carlos Santana led off yet again, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.

Santana isn't a traditional lead-off candidate in terms of speed, but he does walk more than he strikes out and he'll swipe a bag or two when opposing pitchers aren't paying attention. Wednesday's performance was typical of what he provides when he's right -- a single and two walks, setting the table early and often for the meat of the Indians' order. He's hitting .244/.357/.463 with four homers and two steals in 98 plate appearances.
May 4 - 8:48 PM

Carlos Santana is back in the leadoff spot for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

Santana recently batted leadoff in five out of six games, but he was used out of the cleanup spot during the club's interleague series with the Phillies over the weekend. Jose Ramirez is batting eighth and playing third base Tuesday while Jason Kipnis is batting second.
May 3 - 2:30 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's considering using Carlos Santana in right field this weekend in Philadelphia with the designated hitter spot not available.

Santana is out of the lineup on Friday, but he could give right field a shot on Saturday and/or Sunday. The 30-year-old did play the outfield a little bit in the minors but hasn't started a game there since 2008 when he was in A-ball. It could be an adventure.
Apr 29 - 5:36 PM

Carlos Santana clubbed a leadoff home run on Friday, powering the Indians to a 2-1 victory over Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

Santana was hitting out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season as manager Terry Francona wanted to shake things up in an effort to generate more offense. Santana also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .200/.305/.440 to go along with his three homers and nine RBI.
Apr 22 - 10:26 PM

Carlos Santana is batting leadoff for the Indians on Friday.

Manager Terry Francona admitted in spring training that he was toying with the idea, and now he's putting it into practice. Santana has never batted leadoff before and is an unorthodox choice for the spot given his lack of speed, but he makes plenty of sense given his career .364 on-base percentage.
Apr 22 - 4:03 PM

Carlos Santana is getting his first start at first base Thursday against the Rays.

Mike Napoli will serve as the Indians' designated hitter in this one. Santana is hitting fifth and Napoli is hitting cleanup versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Apr 14 - 11:18 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Chris Gimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
3Michael Martinez
CF1Rajai Davis
2Abraham Almonte
3Tyler Naquin
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Tommy Hunter
7Joba Chamberlain
8Tom Gorzelanny