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Carlos Santana has four homers in past five games

Sep 18, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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Indians catcher Carlos Santana offered the world a glimpse of his immense power potential last season when he slugged six home runs in 150 at-bats before straining a ligament in his left knee during an ugly early-August collision at home plate.

Now healthy and a full-time major leaguer, the 25-year-old Dominican continues to impress.

Santana launched his 25th home run of the season in Saturday afternoon’s 10-4 defeat of the Twins. It was his fourth homer in the Indians’ past five games and helped him tie a franchise record for the most big flies by a switch-hitter in a single season. Victor Martinez, now with the Tigers, went deep 25 times for Cleveland back in 2007.

Santana is batting .239/.352/.457 with 122 hits, 75 RBI and 74 runs scored through 143 games this season. He has quickly rounded into the type of player that many prospect evaluators guessed he would become.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    A lot of talented youn catchers have been added to AL teams in the last couple of seasons. It will be fun to watch them develop.

  2. tashkalucy - Sep 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    The guy is very probably the worst catcher in MLB.

    A DH in the making.

    • ptho16 - Sep 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      The Indians have thrown a lot at him, this was his first full season in the big leagues, they were asking him to take command of a young pitching staff, and learn to play a new position. His BA suffered, but his OBP is ridiculous considering that. He gets careless behind the plate at times with blocking balls, but worst catcher in MLB? Don’t think so. With that said, I think they’ll seriously consider playing him a lot more at 1B next year since LaPorta has pretty much flopped, and let Marson be the every day catcher.

  3. bigleagues - Sep 19, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    I’ve learned to be cautiously optimistic when it comes to young Catching prospects. The rookie years for Russell Martin and Geovany Soto seemed to project something big for each of them and though they have remained productive.

    Incidentally . . . when does Brian McCann’s awesomeness begin to receive a little more recognition and appreciation outside of Atlanta?

    Of all Catchers since 1901, only 5 have hit at least 100 HR with ISO of .200 or better and a WAR of 20 or better in their first 7 seasons. They are: Mike Piazza, Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, and . . . Brian McCann.

    And it’s easy to forget that McCann is still just 27.

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