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Danny Santana | Shortstop

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
After starting the season 0-for-12, Santana now has four hits in his last eight at-bats. His third inning RBI double off of Sox starter Chris Sale would be the only run the team managed off the lefty ace. Santana hit .319/.353/.472 in 2014. The average was buoyed by a .405 BABIP, but even if he's unable to maintain the lofty slash-line, he remains a solid fantasy option. Apr 12 - 5:23 PM

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Danny Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

Santana had an RBI single in a four-run second inning, but the Twins were held off the board the rest of the way. The 24-year-old came into Saturday's action hitless across his first 12 at-bats this season, so this was nice to see. He's unlikely to duplicate the .319 batting average he had last season, as he benefitted from a .405 BABIP, but his speed and placement at the top of the Twins' lineup should continue to keep him relevant in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 11 - 5:35 PM

Danny Santana went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday in the Twins' season-opening loss to the Tigers.

Santana put up tremendous numbers last season as a rookie, but a peak behind the curtain shows he's due for some serious regression in 2015. The 24-year-old shortstop was a .273/.317/.391 hitter in more than 2,300 minor league plate appearances.
Apr 6 - 3:41 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor officially named Danny Santana as his starting shortstop on Saturday.

It comes as no surprise, but it is now official. The 24-year-old has had a very strong spring, hitting .341/.356/.455 with two homers, though his 9/1 K/BB ratio is concerning for a player who could hit out of the leadoff slot.
Mar 28 - 10:38 AM

Danny Santana singled four times from the leadoff spot as the Twins topped the Marlins 5-3 on Sunday.

Santana is hitting .394. Twins manager Paul Molitor said before the game that there haven't been any thoughts of moving Santana back to the outfield, even though fallback shortstop Eduardo Escobar has been more impressive than projected center fielder Aaron Hicks. The Twins figure to keep Santana at shortstop for at least the first couple of months of the regular season before reevaluating their plans.
Mar 22 - 4:27 PM

Danny Santana added about seven pounds of muscle during the offseason.

Santana skipped the Dominican Winter League and worked out with trainer Franklin Reynoso instead. After ending last season at around 178 pounds, he checked in at 185 pounds during TwinsFest last month. "Sometimes it was 2 1/2 or three hours," said Santana. "I feel good. We worked a lot on my shoulders and my legs." It will be difficult for the 24-year-old Santana to maintain his .319/.353/.472 batting line from last season, but he offers speed and should begin 2015 with an everyday job.
Feb 24 - 10:00 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday that Danny Santana will come to spring training as a shortstop.

Santana started twice as many games in center field than he did at shortstop for the Twins in 2014, but shortstop was his primary position in the minors. The 24-year-old almost surely overachieved with his .319/.353/.472 batting line last season but is nonetheless an interesting young player for the Twins.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:10:00 PM

Danny Santana had an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Santana was one of the only Twins batters capable of getting to Corey Kluber, who held Minnesota to seven hits and two runs on the afternoon. Santana's double gave him 40 RBI in 95 games, especially impressive considering he's done most of that from the leadoff spot. The 23-year-old has emerged as a strong offensive contributor, batting .318/.355/.475 in his rookie season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Danny Santana went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, a steal and three runs scored as the Twins topped the Tigers 8-4 on Wednesday.

Santana was playing center field again, even though the Twins decided to sit Eduardo Escobar (Eduardo Nunez played shortstop). The team keeps paying lip service to the idea of Santana as a shortstop, but if management believed in him there, he wouldn't be starting in the outfield so frequently. At least Santana is hitting; he has nine hits in his last four games, pushing his average back up to .324.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Danny Santana (back) is in the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Indians.

Santana missed two games because of a minor lower back strain. He'll bat leadoff and play center field in his return to action in the first half of Thursday's doubleheader in Cleveland. The rookie has a surprising .320/.358/.475 slash line with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases in 84 games this season.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan expects Danny Santana (back) to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

Santana is missing a second straight game Tuesday due to a lower back strain, but he took batting practice and will apparently be ready to roll Wednesday. The surprising rookie sports a .320/.358/.475 batting line with seven homers and 15 steals over 84 games this season.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Danny Santana (back) is out of the Twins' lineup again Tuesday against the Indians.

Santana left Saturday's game with a lower back strain and will now miss his second straight start. He took some swings on Tuesday afternoon but still felt discomfort. Jordan Schafer will bat leadoff in his absence.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:45:00 PM

Danny Santana (back) is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Santana exited Saturday's contest with a lower back strain that's expected to keep him out a few days. Aaron Hicks is in center field Sunday in his place.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 11:38:00 AM

Danny Santana left Saturday's game against the Angels with a lower back strain.

Santana suffered the injury making a throw to home plate. He drew a walk in his only plate appearance. Chris Parmelee replaced him in the outfield.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 08:14:00 PM

Danny Santana had three hits, two steals and two runs scored on Friday.

Santana has pushed his average back up to .320 with 13 hits in his last seven games. Whether it's at shortstop or in center field, he'll be a fixture in the lineup for the rest of the month, probably in the leadoff spot.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 12:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar