Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana (1B,DH)

Cleveland Indians - 79% owned
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Bats: B   Throws: R
Carlos Santana belts a home run

Wed, Sep 21st 7:26am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Carlos Santana finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Indians' 2-1 win over the Royals. Santana is 6-for-22 with a double, two home runs, four RBI, and five runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .833 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Santana has a home run in back-to-back games and has a career-high 33 bombs this season for the Tribe. He has a .254 batting average in September with three doubles, five home runs, 18 walks, 12 runs scored, and 12 RBI.

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Carlos Santana finished 1-for-4 on Tuesday against the White Sox. Santana is 7-for-26 with two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI over the last seven days. He has an .827 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Santana has been very productive at the top of the Indians lineup, hitting a home run in three of the last eight games and registering a hit in six of the last eight games. He only has a .244 batting average in September, but has also walked 14 times this month, continuing to be an OBP monster.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 in the Indians' extra-innings win over the Twins on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old is hitless in his last three games, after having enjoyed a good August with five home runs, .250 AVG and .817 OPS. He continues to show an excellent batting eye with 13 walks to 17 strikeouts, so his value in points and OBP leagues remains high. Bizarrely, despite going deep on five occasions in 16 games in August, the switch-hitter only has eight RBI.

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Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run on Monday against the A's. Santana's blast provided the lone run in the Indians' 1-0 win.

Fantasy Impact: Santana's home run was his 27th, which ties his career high. It's been a tremendous season for the slugger who, other than his middling batting average, has thrived in every category. Expect Santana to finish strong in what's shaping up to be a career year.

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Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with one run, one RBI, and his fourth homer of the month of August in Wednesday's loss against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Although Santana is batting a poor .200/.231/.440 in his last seven games, he only trails 1B/DH Mike Napoli for team leader in home runs on the year with 26. He's on pace to crack his career high in homers (27) and help his club sustain their lead in the AL Central.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 on Tuesday in the win over the White Sox

Fantasy Impact: Profilic walker Carlos Santana has seen his walk rate drop from 17.1% and 16.2% over the last two seasons to 12.5% this year. He led the Major Leagues with 113 walks in 2015 and was top-5 with 108 last year. Currently he has only taken 62 free passes which does not even put him in the top-12. The switch-hitter's ability to take a walk has been one of his most valuable assets in points leagues and compensates for his perennially low batting average.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana was helped from the dugout after a line drive struck him in the head in Thursday's win over the Angels. The 30-year-old had gone 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his 25th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This was a scary moment. Carlos Santana went through some concussion tests last night which seemed OK. Indians' manager Terry Francona said "By the time he left he was really rallying. We'll check him again in the morning". The switch-hitter is having a resurgence after a down 2015 and is now only two short of his career-high of 27 home runs.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana will be the Indians' designated hitter on Thursday and bat at the top of the order vs. Angels' RHP Jhoulys Chacin.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians have played their last interleague game of the year, so expect to see both Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli in the lineup for the foreseeable future. The switch-hitting Santana is hitting just .198 since the All-Star break with four home runs and 12 RBI in 99 plate appearances. The 30-year-old slashed .253/ .351/.497 in the first half with 20 home runs.


Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run on Thursday against the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: That's 24 home runs for Santana, as he just continues to produce with big-time power. The only knock on Santana is his middling batting average, but fantasy owners will take it if it comes with the 37 home runs Santana is currently on pace for.

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Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with a run scored, two RBI, and a home run on Tuesday against the Twins. It was Santana's 23rd home run of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Santana had been cold the last few weeks, but looks to be getting back on track in August. He's historically performed better in the second half of the season, so the best could be yet to come. Although his batting average (.247) leaves something to be desired, he is contributing in all other categories, and he makes an elite play in OBP leagues (OBP of .347).

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Carlos Santana homers in win

Thu, Jul 21st 9:26am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with his 21st home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Santana continues to produce for the Indians and fantasy owners. He's posted a solid .846 OPS on the season and has walked nearly as many times as he's struck out, providing a well above average OBP.

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Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with one run and an extra base hit in Sunday's loss at home vs. the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Although the Indians suffered four losses out of their last five games, Santana has still been hitting well for his club. The 1B/DH has batted .346/.452/.692 over the last seven games with two homers and five RBI. Look for Santana and his crew to continue their surprising season after the All-Star break.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with two runs, including a leadoff home run in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old is now up to 16 home runs on the season with a .235 AVG and .803 OPS. In the same period last year, the switch-hitter had gone deep on nine occasions with a .741 OPS. Santana continues to lead off in about half of the Indians' games.

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Carlos Santana homers in win

Tue, Jun 21st 6:50am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Santana now has five HRs in his last eight games. June has been his best month of the season, as his power continues to increase. His average leaves something to be desired, but he does have more walks than strikeouts and he's even contributed three SBs from the first base position.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a run and two walks in the Indians' 5-3 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The switch-hitter has gotten off to a sluggish June, slashing .194/.275/.278 with seven hits and four walks. He has double-digit home runs in 2016, a total he did not reach until July 11 last year.

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Carlos Santana finished 0-for-3 with a walk against the Royals on Friday, dropping his batting average to .223 for the season. The walk gave him 33 walks for the season, fifth in the American League, and he has a .335 OBP this season. He also has 19 extra-base hits and a .754 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians have moved Santana around the lineup, as he has a low batting average but does get on-base, but he has only gotten on-base multiple times in four of his last 10 games. He has scored both 25 runs and driven in 25 batters, making him a decent option in OPS or OBP leagues. Santana is 0-for-6 with a walk against the Royals' starter on Saturday, Ian Kennedy, but has a .876 OPS against right-handed pitchers this season.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with a run, RBI and stolen base in Saturday's victory over the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: The switch-hitter led off for the second successive game and has hit first in 14 of this month's 26 games. The 30-year-old has played every game but one this season with the Indians opting to sit Mike Napoli and shift Santana to first base when necessary. However, Carlos Santana is slashing just .167/.241/.188 vs. left-handed pitcher.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 with a run and a walk, and 1-for-4 with a double in the doubleheader games vs. White Sox on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana hit leadoff as DH in the first game and then dropped to cleanup as first baseman in the second game. This was Santana's 11th appearance at first base. The 30-year-old is the poster child for those against valuing batting average, leading the Indians with an .842 OPS in May despite just a .218 AVG. The switch-hitter has five home runs this month with 11 RBI and an impressive 19 walks to 12 strikeouts.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with two 2-run homers and a walk in Thursday's win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana got the start at first base, his 10th appearance there this season, with Mike Napoli getting a day off. The 30-year-old now has four home runs in May with 14 walks to 10 strikeouts. The value of the walks compared to his sub .240 batting average means that he remains much more valuable in points leagues than roto.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with two hits, two runs, two walks and two RBI, whilst leaving two hitters on-base in the Indians' 13-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana has got on-base six times in the two games vs. the Reds. The 30-year-old is slashing .231/.342/.415 although is struggling to .171/.231/.200 vs. left-handed pitching. He is leading off for the Indians in half of their games and will continue to DH, with the occasion start at first base.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-5 in the series finale loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Having posted a .244 AVG in April, Carlos Santana has seen this drop to .188 in May. His OBP has remained nearly constant at .328. The switch-hitter has led off in eight of the 13 games this month but has only hit one double, one triple, two home runs and surprisingly only has three RBI.

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Carlos Santana finished 0-for-3 with a walk against the Twins on Saturday afternoon. Santana has seen his average drop from .244 to .220 over the last 10 games and only has a .200 batting average in May. He has a .755 OPS in 2016.

Fantasy Impact: Even with a poor batting average, Santana's ability to draw a walk has his OPS at a respectable clip and has 15 runs scored. Santana has a .331 OBP this season and has 13 extra-base hits and 14 RBI. He is 0-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout against Sunday's starter for the Twins, Tyler Duffey, and he has a .815 OPS at home.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the win over the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the second home run in May hit by Carlos Santana. The 30-year-old is batting .234, although from the leadoff spot he is hitting .294. All five home runs have come off right-handed pitchers, but the switch-hitter is struggling against left-handers, with just a .188 AVG.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks in Wednesday's victory over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: In the seven games from the top of the order, Carlos Santana has gone 9-for-26 (.346 AVG) with five walks. Whether this is a permanent role-change for the 30-year-old is yet to be decided, but he has certainly thrived from the lead off spot. Santana is hitting just .196 when not leading off.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base in the Indians' 6-5 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the fifth time in the last six games that Carlos Santana has hit leadoff. In this small sample, he is hitting .385 (10-for-26). The switch-hitter appeared to twinge his knee rounding third base but continued to play the whole game. Expect him to get one, two or even three starts at first base when the Indians take on the Phillies in interleague play starting on Friday.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a run in the Indians' 4-3 loss to the Twins on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana dropped down from the leadoff spot that he had occupied for three straight games to fifth. Over the last seven days, he has slashed .276/.323/.483 with one home run and two RBI. Perhaps the stint at the top of the order was the catalyst Santana needed to kickstart his season. He is still a top-20 1B-eligible player, but he needs to keep the average up to not hurt you in roto leagues.

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Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with an RBI-double, a run and a single in the win over the Tigers on Saturday. This was his second straight start at the top of the order.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana was hitting .167 prior to the experiment of hitting at the top of the lineup. He has gone 4-for-9 (.444) since. The 30-year-old is acknowledged as having excellent patience at the plate, yet he has not taken a walk in the last two games. The Indians have won both games, scoring 12 runs.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a line drive double in the Indians' narrow defeat to the Mariners on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old has gone 7-for-42 with two home runs, eight RBI, one stolen base and six walks to seven strikeouts. He has 20+ home run power and is known for his ability to draw walks. He will get the start on Thursday at first base vs. Nate Karns with Mike Napoli having a day off.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 0-for-2 with a run, two walks and his first stolen base of the season as the Indians defeated the Mets 7-5 on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: The first walk was instrumental in disrupting SP Matt Harvey's rhythm. The Mets' ace looked untouchable until the walk forced him to work out of the stretch. Later in the inning, Jose Ramirez drilled an RBI-double to get the Indians on the board. It could be argued that Carlos Santana is a better player in real life than in fantasy. He is likely to hurt your batting average but should be owned in all leagues that value walks or OBP. The 30-year-old stole 11 bases last season and another year of double-digit steals looks possible.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Indians' 4-1 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana broke an 0-for-8 streak and now leads the Indians with six RBI. The switch-hitter has only struck out three times in 24 plate appearances as he transitions to the role of full time DH. He has averaged more than 20 home runs over the last five seasons and should be given plenty of RBI opportunities with the on-base talent ahead of him.

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Carlos Santana continued his hot start to the season, driving in two RBI in his 1-for-4 night against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Santana already has five RBI this season, and he's touting an OPS well north of 1.000. He'll look to continue his strong start this weekend against Chicago.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana took Clay Buchholz deep with a three-run shot in the first inning. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Batting in the five hole, Carlos Santana should see plenty of RBI opportunities with four excellent on-base players ahead of him (Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Jason Kipnis & Mike Napoli). He also hustled to convert a single into a double and took a walk for the second straight game. Playing like this, he looks like a top-12 first baseman.

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Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with one run and a walk in the Cleveland Indians' 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Santana will always have a good OBP. The question is whether or not his average and power will be there. Santana should get plenty of RBI opportunities hitting behind a great, top-of-order, lineup. Keep Santana in your lineups as the season gets going.

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1B/DH Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 and crushed a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League defeat by the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Indians' manager Terry Francona wants Carlos Santana to be more aggressive after he has worked himself into a favorable count. Carlos Santana has walked more than anyone else over the last two years, so exchanging a few of those walks into home runs will be great for his fantasy value. The switch-hitter is expected to be the full-time DH with the defensively superior Mike Napoli being the Indians' primary first baseman. Santana has a .283 AVG in Spring Training (13-for-46) with five doubles and two home runs. If you can live with his batting average, then he could be a sneaky pick for power late in the draft.

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Indians' manager Terry Francona had been toying with the idea of batting 1B/DH Carlos Santana at the top of the lineup. Today it will happen.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana does not look like the stereotypical leadoff hitter but he possesses terrific patience at the plate, loves to take a walk and stole as many bases last year as Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. It is unlikely that Santana and his career .365 OBP will move up the lineup in the regular season, especially given the prowess shown by Jason Kipnis to leadoff but it would increase Santana's value.


Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a RBI-single in Wednesday's Cactus League game vs. the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Although Carlos Santana played first base today, he is expected to be the Indians' primary DH this season. This could impact his future value in dynasty leagues if he fails to maintain 1B-eligibility. The switch-hitter led the Tribe with 19 HR and 85 RBI in 2015. His impressive .357 OBP, aided by 108 walks, gives Santana greater value in OBP leagues.

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1B Carlos Santana took Reds' SP Jon Moscot deep with a line drive to right field in the second inning of Spring Training.

Fantasy Impact: The 29-year-old switch-hitter led the Indians with 19 home runs last season. He also led the team in plate appearances, RBI and walks. However, on the whole it was a disappointing year for Carlos Santana. His skill set remains intact so look to buy low and expect a bounce back season. His strong OBP skills but low AVG will vary his value depending upon your league format.

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The Indians are considering moving 1B Carlos Santana to the top of the order. Manager Terry Francona said "Because of his skill set, I think he maybe one of the better leadoff hitters in the game." (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 29-year-old likes a walk. In fact, no player has taken more walks over the last two years than Carlos Santana. Over that time, the only Cleveland hitter with a higher on-base percentage is Michael Brantley, so there is an argument to move Santana from the cleanup spot. The Indians have Rajai Davis, Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis as potential leadoff hitters so it seems unlikely that Santana will be given the job.


Indians' manager Terry Francona admitted that he is thinking about batting Carlos Santana at the top of the lineup. (Source: Nick Camino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is not surprising that a change to the batting order is being contemplated with Michael Brantley like to miss the start of the season and with Carlos Santana's disappointing production from the cleanup spot. Jason Kipnis was a revitalized player in 2015 when he was moved to the top of the lineup but he will probably need to drop down into the three hole usually occupied by Brantley. Santana has taken 312 walks over the last three years so his on-base skills could be an interesting weapon for the Indians at the top of the order. The switch-hitting Santana led the Indians with 19 home runs and surprisingly stole 11 bases.

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1B Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: It has obviously been a disappointing season for Carlos Santana. He has seen his home runs fall from 27 last year to 16 and his slugging percentage has dropped from .427 to just .386. He will still walk 100 times and he has double-digit steals for the first time in this career. The ESPN Player Rater shows Carlos Santana as the 24th best first baseman this year, suggesting it will be difficult to roster him in shallow leagues next season when he only has 1B eligibility.

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a walk in the victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Despite it being a disappointing season for Carlos Santana, he leads the Indians in home runs (15), walks (89), is second in RBI (68) and bizarrely fourth in stolen bases (9). It has been the lack of extra-base hits (just 41) that has contributed to Santana's down year. His .387 SLG is significantly lower than .455 SLG in 2013 or .427 SLG in 2014.

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1B Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a run and two walks in Friday's win over the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Carlos Santana got the start at DH with Jerry Sands manning first base. Santana is enjoying one of his best stretches of the season, hitting .333 AVG with .917 OPS over the last 11 games.

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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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