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Carlos Santana (C,1B,3B,DH)

Cleveland Indians - 90% owned

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Bats: B, Throws: R
RBI-double for Carlos Santana

Sun, Aug 30th 11:47am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

1B Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the series clincher on Saturday vs. the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana is hitting .247 AVG against left-handed pitching, more than 30 points higher than against right-handed pitching (.216 AVG vs RHP). Despite this, he has an exceptional .522 AVG vs. RHP Jered Weaver, the Angels' starting pitcher on Sunday, with two home runs and five RBI in 23 at-bats.

 

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1B Carlos Santana got the start at DH and went 1-for-5 in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: August had been Carlos Santana's worse month of the year with a .550 OPS through 12 games. He has picked up production over his last 12 games with .749 OPS. The switch-hitter leads the AL with 81 walks but his .348 OBP is the lowest of his career.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run on Sunday in the Indians’ win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: That was Carlos Santana’s 15th home run of the season but the first he has hit off a left-handed pitcher. The home run capped off a good week for the 29-year-old, one of only four weeks this season that he has reached at least 25 fantasy points. Santana is ranked as the 9th best third baseman and the 17th best first baseman this year. His value will undoubtedly drop next season when he loses third base eligibility.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in Friday's victory over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: The home run off Masahiro Tanaka was Carlos Santana's 14th home run of the year. All 14 have come when the switch-hitter is batting left-handed against right-handed pitchers. His .627 OPS vs. left-handers makes him tough to start in daily leagues (his OPS vs. right-handed pitching is .793). The anticipated summer power-surge has failed to materialize and in fact, the 29-year-old is having his worst OPS month of the year - April .788, May .744, June .641, July .868 and August .635.

 

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1B/DH Carlos Santana will get the start at first base vs. Tommy Milone and the Twins on Sunday. He has been told by Indians' manager Terry Francona that his defense must improve if he wants to see more playing time at first base.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has started five out of the last 12 games at first base and seven at DH. He faces increased competition for playing time from new additions to the roster - Jerry Sands and Chris Johnson. Also, with Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley nursing shoulder issues, the Indians will want to give them the occasional start at DH. Santana, who has a .220/.328/.260 slash line in August, will need to use Francona's warning as a wake-up call to warrant his place in the lineup.

 

1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a run, RBI and two walks in Saturday's blowout 17-4 victory over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Like last season, Carlos Santana is a walk-machine, with an AL-leading 74 free-passes. Unlike last season, he is not punishing the bad pitches with authority. In 2014, he had .536 SLG with 14 home runs from June 1 to August 9. In the same period this year, it has dropped to .379 SLG with just six home runs. Perhaps last year saw the peak of his production. He will play DH on Sunday in the series finale vs. the Twins, with new acquisition Chris Johnson manning first base. Don't expect too much, Carlos Santana has a miserable .111 AVG vs. Phil Hughes in 18 at-bats.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 0-for-2 with a run and three walks in Friday's narrow loss to the Twins. He was also credited with an RBI by taking a bases-loaded walk.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has a .353 OBP so will always contribute to your fantasy team whether he is hitting/walking in RBI or being driven in himself. His much-hyped summer hot-stretch is failing to materialize as the switch-hitter is only batting .225 AVG (16-for-71) since the All-Star break with two home runs, seven RBI, six runs and two stolen bases.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run off Chris Bassitt as the Indians defeated the Athletics 3-1 on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians' first baseman is heating up. His July .849 OPS is a significant improvement on .641 OPS in June. Expect a continuation of this improved production for the rest of the season.

 

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Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in the 2-1 loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo are the only first basemen with more steals than Carlos Santana. Santana now has seven steals, the same as Ian Kinsler, Carlos Gomez and Alcides Escobar. Carlos Santana has good numbers against Wednesday's starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with two home runs and a .440 AVG in 25 at-bats.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 in the win vs. the Reds on Saturday with two runs, two doubles, two walks and a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana continues to be a buy-low candidate. If you expect him to have a big second half, then trade for him now. Santana has a .302/.412/.512 slash line for July (14 games) compared to .213/.350/.369 for April-June (69 games).

 

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1B Carlos Santana has been dropped from Friday's lineup. First base will be manned by Brandon Moss. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana will be given the opportunity to regroup. The Indians' first baseman is hitting .173 over the last 14 days with just a .269 SLG. During this stretch, he has uncharacteristically struck out three times more than he has walked (15SO/5BB).

 

1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with two runs, a double and a walk in Wednesday's victory over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Despite three home runs in June, Carlos Santana has not heated up as shown by his June batting average of .189 and .641 OPS. He struck out more times than he walked for the first month since July 2014.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: At 14.1" off the ground, this was one of the lowest fastballs ever hit for a home run. Carlos Santana is the most patient of hitters but he stretched down low to crush the ball from a long way outside the strike zone. Perhaps this signals a change in approach for the first baseman who has been receiving criticism from some fans for walking too much. Interesting, Santana's 2015 stats (9HR, 36RBI, 34R, .218 AVG) do not look much different to this time last year (12HR, 31RBI, 33R, .208AVG).

 

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Two-RBI game for Carlos Santana

Wed, Jun 24th 5:54pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

1B Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana had been mired in a slump without a RBI for seven games before today. The first baseman has seen his OPS slip from .788 in April, to .744 in May and now .622 in June.

 

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Carlos Santana in mini-slump

Mon, Jun 22nd 5:30pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

1B Carlos Santana continued his disappointing run into the three game series vs. the Rays. He went 1-for-10 with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Over the last five games, Carlos Santana is hitting just .059 (1-for-17) with six strikeouts to two walks. He still has more walks than strikeouts (50BB : 45SO) but the trend will see the total strikeouts exceed walks within the next couple of weeks.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and a three-run homer in the victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: A lineup shuffle dropped Carlos Santana back down to cleanup. This was his second home run in three days. Watch for an improvement in his power numbers as the season progresses.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 in Sunday's loss at the Tigers, dropping to a .217 AVG.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has a high floor so you can always expect production from him, especially in points leagues. He is in the top 20 first basemen for 2015, nestled between Kendrys Morales and Logan Forsythe. All three have only hit seven home runs this season but Santana was drafted significantly higher. Unsurprisingly, Santana has the lowest batting average of any first basemen in the top 20.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, in the victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It was Carlos Santana's 105th career home run, the most ever by an Indians' switch-hitter. The first baseman hit 27 home runs last season but had only tallied seven in the 58 games to June 12. Expect an uptick in his production as the weather gets warmer.

 

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Santana went 1-for-4 with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: In a way, this stat line demonstrates the difference in his value in leagues that score BA versus leagues that use OBP. He is a low average batter but he draws a lot of walks so he is actually an OBP asset. In either case, he is a power hitter whose value is dependent largely on the settings in your league. If you are in a OBP league where he still has his catcher eligibility, then he is a great asset. If you are in a BA league where is only eligible at 1B/3B then he is a borderline player in 12 team mixed leagues.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Thursday's victory over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: This was only the fourth game this year that Carlos Santana has struck out two or more times. Santana has not yet shown the power that you hoped for when you drafted him but remember that last year he hit 21 of his 27 home runs after June 1.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in his second game back from the three game absence whilst on the MLB Paternity List.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the absence, Carlos Santana still leads the AL in walks with 40. Although he falls outside the top-20 first basemen, he has more runs, home runs and RBI compared to the same period (44 games) last year and his .772 OPS is a significant improvement upon .586 OPS. This bodes well for good figures at the end of the season.

 

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1B Carlos Santana will be back with the Indians' for the final game of the series in Seattle on Sunday. He has missed the last three games whilst on the paternity list.

Fantasy Impact: Expect Carlos Santana to be put straight back in the lineup on Sunday to face LHP J.A. Happ. All of Santana's six home runs have come against right-hand pitchers and he is only slugging .236 against lefties this season.

 

1B Carlos Santana was moved to the paternity list on Thursday after the birth of his daughter. (Source: Indians.com)

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana is hitting just .221 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 42 games. He will be replaced by Jerry Sands.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and two walks in the victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: In the 17 games since Carlos Santana moved up to second in the lineup, he has three home runs, 14 runs, 14 RBI and a woeful .180 AVG. Santana leads the AL with 37 walks and it seems he is always on-base. However his OBP has dropped to .320 when batting second compared to .404 for the first 24 games of the season when he was batting cleanup.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 in the victory over the White Sox but he walked, scored a run and was credited with an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: This was Carlos Santana's first game back having missed four with back spasms. He is still getting on-base a good rate and leads the AL with 30 walks but his power is down on last season. Santana is slugging just .331 SLG compared to .427 SLG in 2014.

 

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1B Carlos Santana will miss his fourth straight game but Indians' manager Terry Francona hopes to have his first baseman back in the lineup on Thursday. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has hit four home runs with 20 RBI and 22 runs. Although his production is not as great as you would like from first base, his 30 BB to 26 SO suggests that his patient approach is always likely to produce counting stats each week.

 

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1B Carlos Santana has been scratched from Monday's lineup vs the White Sox with back spasms. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has been enjoying a good start to the season with four home runs, 20 RBI, 22 runs and 30 walks. It is unclear whether the back spasms will require more than one day rest.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 0-for-1 with a run and four walks in Wednesday's victory over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians' first baseman now has 29 walks to 22 strikeouts. His patience is rewarded in points leagues and OBP leagues, where it is possible he may be a little undervalued. The rest-of-season rankings on Fantasy Pros show Santana 2nd at catcher, 20th at first base and 12th at third base.

 

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1B Carlos Santana scored two runs as he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in the defeat to the Royals on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It was Carlos Santana's 25th walk of the season. Having been moved up to the second spot, Santana is likely to have players on-base in front of him and if he does take a walk, then Michael Brantley and Brandon Moss can drive him in. Santana is hitting just 0.250 in May but has four RBI and seven walks. He might not offer the 30+ home run potential of the elite first basemen but he is a very productive, underrated member of the second-tier.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 with a run & three walks in the victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana leads the AL with 22 walks. Bryce Harper is the only other player with a walk rate exceeding 20 BB%. Although Harper is striking out at more than 30% whereas Santana has just a 13.5 K%. The patient approach coupled with his home run power and the big bat of Brandon Moss behind him is a recipe for a career year for Carlos Santana.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 against the White Sox on Tuesday. He launched a home run off Hector Noesi, took a walk and stole a base.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has now more stolen bases than Michael Bourn. Obviously he is no speed-merchant but he is a smart ballplayer, so there is no reason to believe that Santana cannot nab another eight bags this year. Double-digit steals from your first baseman would be a useful bonus. Todd Frazier was the only 1B eligible player to get double-digit steals last year.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-4 vs the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana's home run was one of the few highlights in a game where the Indians' offense again failed to show. He went yard in the ninth inning when the Tribe were losing 1-7. It was Santana's second home run of the season and he is now hitting .244.

 

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With Yan Gomes on the 15-day DL, Roberto Perez will take over catching duties. The Indians have not yet called up a back-up.

Fantasy Impact: It makes sense for the Indians to rely on Carlos Santana as an emergency catcher. This could be fantastic news if your league only needs a small number of appearances to gain positional eligibility.

 

Carlos Santana pulled a Scott Feldman curveball into the second row for a solo home run in the 4th inning of the victory over the Astros. He finished 1-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: With 27 home runs in 2014, Carlos Santana looks a good option for 30+ this season. His combination of power & patience will play well 4th in the Indians lineup, between Michael Brantley & Brandon Moss.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 against the Astros in Monday's season opener.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana was one of only two Indians' players to get on-base twice. 2015 could see a career-high in walks, RBI & HR. He is likely only to qualify at 1B next season so keep in mind a mid-season trade in keeper leagues.

 

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1B Carlos Santana had an uneventful day at the plate in the Cactus League finale vs the Brewers, going 0-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana led the league in walks in 2014 and his eight Cactus League walks suggest that his batting-eye is already in mid-season form. It is inevitable that pitchers will be less inclined to walk him this season with the home run power of Brandon Moss batting behind him. With better pitches to hit, it seems safe to expect an increase on the 27 HR that Carlos Santana hit last year. He leaves Arizona Spring Training with a stat line of 64 AB, 8 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB, .219 AVG.

 

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12th RBI for Carlos Santana

Wed, Apr 1st 9:13am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 in the Cactus League victory over the Mariners. His 2-RBI double chased Felix Hernandez from the game in the second inning.

Fantasy Impact: Despite only batting .241, Carlos Santana is leading the Indians with 12 RBI. He offers both power and patience, and will have plenty of opportunties to drive in Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley.

 

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In Monday's Cactus League victory over the White Sox, 1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-1 with a run and 2 walks.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana led the league in walks last year and his OBP skills will likely carry over into 2015. Don't be put off by his spring 0.235 AVG. He broke camp last spring with just 0.175 AVG yet went on to have 27 HR, 85 RBI season.

 

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's Cactus League victory vs Giants. He walked and scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: No-one walks in spring training ...... except Carlos Santana who leads the club with 5. He led the league with 113 BB last year although with Brandon Moss hitting behind him this season, he should see a few more pitches to hit.

 

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Indians' 1B Carlos Santana went 1-2 in the Cactus League vs Athletics on Monday with a run and 3 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: This was Carlos Santana's 3rd long ball of spring. Over the last 4 years he has averaged 23 HR & 78 RBI. Expect solid production and an exceptional walk-rate.

 

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Carlos Santana hit a home run in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Padres. He finished 1-for-3 with 1 strikeout. It was his second HR of spring.

Fantasy Impact: The combination of his exceptional walk rate (league leading 113 in 2014) and power (98 career home runs), make Carlos Santana a solid option at 1B. The addition of Brandon Moss to hit 5th should benefit the first baseman in 2015.

 

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Carlos Santana enjoyed his best day of spring training, going 2-4 with a single and a 2 run homer.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians' first baseman hit 27 HR last year but his batting average dropped to a disappointing 0.231. He will provide solid value as a top 15 1B but will have extra value in leagues where he has C or 3B eligibility.

 

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Carlos Santana got into the groove with a double, a walk & a RBI. He started the day mired in a 1 for 11 streak with 5 SO in his first 4 spring training games.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana is a class hitter. He led the league with 113 walks last year and should be a reliable contributor in R, RBI, HR & AVG plus he will steal a few bases.

 

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