Rotoprofessor Prospect Watch: Carlos Santana
Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor
If he played for most other organizations, Carlos Santana would likely be on the verge of making an impact in 2009. Unfortunately, he plays for an organization that has both Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach at the major league level, meaning he is number three on the depth chart, at best.
It was an interesting choice for the Indians to acquire him as part of the Casey Blake trade (along with pitcher Jon Meloan), given the depth the team already had at the position. When you perform like he did as a catcher, it makes much more sense.
Baseball America ranked him as the #26 prospect in baseball entering 2009 after he hit .326 with 21 HR, 117 RBI, 125 R and 10 SB for three separate minor league teams last season. They said:
“Santana has shown good strike-zone discipline ever since signing with the Dodgers. He swings aggressively at strikes and routinely squares up balls with authority, using his lower half well and getting good extension. He has a good two-strike approach and doesn’t chase pitches outside the strike zone. He should hit for a high average and OBP with average power.”
He picked up right where he left off this season, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R in his season debut at Double-A.
With this performance in mind, Santana is the first on the list of prospects we will be closely watching in 2009.