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What does Carlos Santana's arrival mean for Lou Marson?

Jun 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

Cleveland isn’t wasting any time with Carlos Santana, making the 24-year-old catcher their No. 3 hitter for his big-league debut tonight against the Nationals.
Obviously the Indians’ lineup isn’t exactly stacked with dangerous bats and as a switch-hitter with power and patience Santana projects as an ideal No. 3 guy, but many teams prefer to slowly work a young player in lower in the lineup. For instance, Mike Stanton has begun his major-league career batting seventh in the Marlins’ lineup despite being a prototypical cleanup hitter
In calling up Santana the Indians also demoted Lou Marson to Triple-A after he started 43 of the first 59 games behind the plate. Marson can’t compete with Santana when it comes to long-term upside and was little more than a place-holder from the moment the Indians got him from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade last July, but he’s also just 24 years old and likely has a future as a starting catcher in the majors.
Marson hit just .191 with a .530 through 45 games, but if he can put together a solid stretch at Triple-A the Indians should be able to get some value for him. Or they could keep him around as the long-term backup for Santana, but that doesn’t seem like a great use of resources. He lacks power, but Marson has a .370 on-base percentage in the minors and was once considered one of the game’s better catching prospects.

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I get to see this kid on the 23rd. I hope he does well, just not well enough to ruin my night out.

  2. ecp - Jun 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Sounds very much like the Twins dilemma with Wilson Ramos; they have said they are disinclined to trade him but with Mauer entrenched at catcher it hardly seems fair to a kid who could be a full time starter for another team.

  3. Andrew - Jun 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Great to see Santana in the bigs! Been watching this kid all year and he’s going to be a stud.
    BTW – Marson did not struggle to throw out runners. In fact, last I checked, he was among the best in the league – whoever is doing your research for you should be fired…….

  4. birdman6824 - Jun 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    I didn’t see anything in this story about either Marson or Santana struggling to throw out runners, however, Matthew Pouliot posted this about Santana on Wednesday
    Of course, there is a reason Santana wasn’t hauled up as soon as the Indians were sure he wouldn’t be a super-two player after 2012; he’s not the defender that Marson is behind the plate. He throws out less than a quarter of would-be basestealers, and his game-calling skills continue to leave something to be desired.

  5. Rusty Shackleford - Jun 11, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    First big-league game and he’s batting 3rd and wearing Victor Martinez’ old number.
    No pressure there.

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  7. Andrew - Jun 12, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    LOL!
    Looks like Aaron did some fact-checking and edited that out….
    Better late than never, I suppose.

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