Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

1B,3B - CLE
Age: 33Bats: BThrows: R

Next Game

KC @ CLE
E. Skoglund #284
Sun, 8/25 1:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #57
Projection (?) 4.4 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
87%
 
ESPN
97%

Eligibility

Yahoo 1B,3B
ESPN 1B,DH
CBS 1B

A smooth selection (sorry) for OBP managers, Santana is a durable compiler who reached new heights in the first half. After batting .229 last season, he's hitting .281/.403/.524. He has more walks (79) than strikeouts (63) and has regained his lost power with 24 long balls. His contract rate has gone down, so look for him to return closer to his .259 average from 2016 and 2017 with 30-HR power and an elite batting eye. He could especially pile up the RBIs and runs with Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez heating up and Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes joining the fray. That all adds up to an underrated corner infielder.

Most were shocked to see Santana compete in the home run derby, but he has been a beast for Cleveland and fantasy owners with 19 homers and a 90/90 RBI/run pace to go with a .295 batting average. He seems to only improve with age.

Santana's career-best batting average is being fueled by a BABIP that is more than 40 points above his career average. He's made some significant improvements this year, no doubt, but don't expect his second half to be as good as his first.