Carlos Santana

#41 DH / Cleveland Indians / EXP: 7YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 210 lb Age: 30 College: None Bats/Throws S/R

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    Carlos Santana set career highs in homers, runs, and RBI while tipping his batting average over the league average for the first time in three seasons. His days of playing up the defensive spectrum are done, but he returned to hitting with the power fantasy owners like to see from first basemen. His RBI production dipped as he spent most of his time hitting leadoff, thanks to his abilities to work counts and accept walks (.365 career OBP). Those skills are always going to ensure he hits in the top half of the lineup, and he has been durable, racking up six consecutive seasons of 600 or more plate appearances. While a switch hitter, the power comes from the left side, as 30 of his 34 homers last year were as a lefty and 77 percent of his career homers are as a lefty. As long as prospective owners realize his potential pitfalls -- mainly a batting average that could be on the wrong side of .250 -- he'll deliver, even more so in OBP leagues.

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    • Indians' Carlos Santana: Set to hit leadoff
      By RotoWire Staff

      Santana is expected to open the season as the leadoff hitter for the Indians, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. It's a role that could change with the return of Michael Brantley, but certainly a well-deserved spot for the first baseman. Santana led the Indians with 34 home runs last season (19 from the leadoff spot) and is set to help form a powerful lineup alongside Edwin Encarnacion, Jason Kipnis, and Francisco Lindor.

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    • Santana is 2-for-6 with a strikeout in his first two Cactus League games since returning from the WBC. Santana entertained on the world stage by hitting .308 (8-for-26) with a pair of doubles, three RBI and two runs scored for the Dominican Republic. Fantasy owners will hope for carry-over results similar to the ones he displayed coming off his previous WBC. Following the 2013 tournament, the slugger opened the MLB regular season by hitting .389 in April. A slight regression from 2016's career year should be expected, but even so, Santana brings plenty of value across all formats.

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    • Manager Terry Francona says Santana will be the primary first baseman this season, but should see time as the designated hitter as well, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The move means recently acquisition Edwin Encarnacion will serve as the main DH. Francona notes the two sluggers will flip positions every few days and expects both bats to be in the lineup on a consistent basis. Santana hit as many home runs (17) as a first baseman last season as he did as the designated hitter, despite playing 30 more games as the DH. In addition, it's reported that the switch hitter has spoken with Francona about seeing playing time in the outfield as well. Regardless, it's safe to expect solid production from Santana no matter the position.

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    • Santana and his manager Terry Francona have discussed getting the slugger some outfield reps later this spring, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Santana, who's expected to split time with Edwin Encarnacion between first base and designated hitter, reached out to Francona to express his willingness to play outfield. Under the current arrangement, Santana would be the odd-man out when the Tribe visits NL parks for interleague play. His at-bat total would get a slight boost if he can manage to play outfield during the team's four stops at NL venues in 2017.

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    • Santana and his manager Terry Francona have discussed getting the slugger some outfield reps later this spring, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Santana, who's expected to split time with Edwin Encarnacion between first base and designated hitter, reached out to Francona to express his willingness to play outfield. Under the current arrangement, Santana would be the odd-man out when the Tribe visits NL parks for interleague play. His at-bat total would get a slight boost if he can manage to play outfield during the team's four stops at NL venues in 2017.

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    Stats

    YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBKOSBAVG
    2016 CLE 158 582 89 151 34 87 99 99 5 .259
    2015 CLE 154 550 72 127 19 85 108 122 11 .230
    TOTAL 962 3,423 483 847 151 508 638 718 35

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