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Astros get 19-year-old Domingo Santana from Phillies to complete Hunter Pence trade

Aug 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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In trading Hunter Pence to the Phillies the Astros received prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, and Josh Zei, plus a fourth player to be named later.

Today that player was revealed as 19-year-old Single-A outfielder Domingo Santana, who Baseball America ranked as the Phillies’ ninth-best prospect coming into the season.

His stock may have dropped some since then, as Santana has hit just .269 with seven homers and an ugly 120/26 K/BB ratio in 96 games, but the 6-foot-5 right fielder is extremely young for the level of competition and is said to have a ton of power potential.

Santana is a long way from the majors, but he adds to what was already an excellent haul for Pence.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Jayson Stark was recently quoted as saying this is not the player the Phillies wanted to give up. Some scouts told Stark that this kid may have the most potential in all the Phillies organization as a position player. We will see.

    • kellyb9 - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      This is my problem with prospects. People overvalue the hell out of them. Sure, this guy could become the next Ryne Sandberg, but in all likelihood, he may never make it out of AA ball. Hunter Pence is a proven commodity, you know what you’re getting. And additionally, the Phillies will probably resign Pence a little bit longer term to avoid arbitration. For that, they gave a bunch of guys who may not see a AAA field in their lives.

  2. citifieldurinal - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    If his tools materialize, and that is a big if, this deal could turn out even better than expected for the Astros.

    I actually saw Santana 4-5 times in the past year at the Phils’ Lo-A affiliate in Lakewood. Crazy athletic, crazy tools, but exceedingly raw. He had no business being in Lakewood as a 17 year old in 2007, and still looked inexperienced in his hitting approach when demoted to Williamsport.

    Plenty to dream on though considering he is two months younger than Bryce Harper.

    • citifieldurinal - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      ^That would be 2010 in Lakewood.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Damn, this was not somebody I thought would be on the list.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Aaron, you forgot to put “Overrated” in front of Hunter Pence’s name.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Josh Zeid not Zei.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      Meh—I believe they had Josh Reid going to Houston in the deal, anyway, so Josh Zei is closer, don’t you think?

  6. Jonny 5 - Aug 15, 2011 at 4:22 PM

  7. shmed105 - Aug 15, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    I agree Kelly.

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