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Danny Santana | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 160
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Dec 8 - 8:10 PM

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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.
Sep 21 - 6:12 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.
Sep 17 - 11:43 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.
Sep 11 - 10:19 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.
Sep 9 - 7:00 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.
Sep 9 - 3:45 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.
Sep 7 - 11:38 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.
Sep 6 - 8:14 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.
Sep 6 - 12:49 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.
Aug 23 - 2:25 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.
Aug 16 - 2:28 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.
Aug 10 - 9:30 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.
Aug 3 - 8:45 PM

Danny Santana led off Thursday's game with a home run and later walked, but the Twins fell to the Royals on Thursday.

Santana greeted Royals starter Ervin Santana coldly, taking him out to right field to begin the ballgame. The outfielder has been productive at the plate since rejoining the team to begin the second half, having hit six extra-base hits in his last 53 plate appearances. Overall, he's slashing .313/.347/.467 with four home runs, 22 RBI, and six stolen bases.
Jul 31 - 11:26 PM

Danny Santana went 2-for-5 with a double and scored both Twins runs in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.

All Santana does is find ways to contribute offensively, and he did it again Tuesday. The 23-year-old reached on a bunt single in the third inning and scored the game's first run, and he doubled and scored in the fifth. Santana has 26 runs scored in 47 games this season, and he's scored seven in his last seven games as he rounds into form following a DL stint for a knee bone bruise. He's batting a healthy .320/.352/.465 on the year.
Jul 29 - 11:28 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
3Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
2Eric Farris
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
3Miguel Sano
LF1Jordan Schafer
2Chris Herrmann
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Eddie Rosario
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Trevor May
7Mike Pelfrey
8Alex Meyer
9Jason Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Caleb Thielbar
5Ryan Pressly
6Aaron Thompson
7A.J. Achter
8Logan Darnell
9Michael Tonkin
10Lester Oliveros
11J.R. Graham
12Mark Hamburger