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Danny Santana | Shortstop

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
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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

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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

Danny Santana went 3-for-6 with four RBI against the Tigers on Friday.

Santana hit his sixth home run of the season in the second inning off of doomed Tigers starter Robbie Ray. His other two hits were singles. He also scored two runs. Santana has had a good season leading off for the Twins. Home runs like Friday's shouldn't be expected on a regular basis, but that aside, Santana's putting up a slash line .315/.350/.451.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 02:25:00 AM

Danny Santana will start at shortstop for the Twins on Saturday.

He's been playing exclusively in the outfield lately, and hasn't made a start at shortstop since June 25 when he suffered a knee injury. The versatile catalyst has been a tremendous addition to the Twins lineup, hitting .325/.363/.475 with five homers, 27 RBI and 11 steals in 62 games.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Danny Santana finished 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the A's.

Like he's wont to do this season, Santana played catalyst for the Twins on Sunday -- after reaching on a bunt single, Santana stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Kurt Suzuki double to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning. He also singled and scored in the ninth inning. Santana has been a spark plug for the Twins this season, coming out of nowhere to bat .315/.357/.473.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:30:00 PM

Danny Santana went 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored in the Twins' 16-3 beatdown of the White Sox on Sunday.

Santana had a two-run double in the sixth inning, and he had both a run-scoring triple and an RBI single in the Twins' nine-run eighth inning. Santana also stole two bases in the game, giving him eight on the season. The 23-year-old is hitting a strong .325/.362/.497 overall this season.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 08:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jose Martinez
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Jordan Schafer
3Chris Herrmann
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Eddie Rosario
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
3Wilkin Ramirez
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
7Trevor May
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Caleb Thielbar
5Ryan Pressly
6Tim Stauffer
7J.R. Graham
8A.J. Achter
9Brayan Villarreal
10Aaron Thompson
11Mark Hamburger
12Blaine Boyer