Domingo Santana was never able to get settled in 2016, as injuries limited him to 77 games, and he didn't look like he was at full strength for much of the time he was healthy. Still, Santana finished with a respectable .256/.345/.447 line and 11 home runs, a pace of 23 over a full season. He offers plus-plus raw power to all fields, but we still haven't been able to see if he'll be able to make enough contact to be more than a low-average, 20-plus homer threat. Santana made tremendous strides last year to stop swinging at pitches out of the zone, which was his big bugaboo in Houston. He emerged as a Statcast darling, and his 96.3 mph average exit velocity led the majors in late April before injuries started to take their toll. In his age-24 season, he will be the everyday right fielder as long as he stays healthy. Santana has the upside to be a major fantasy asset who can be had a low cost if he can put his shoulder and elbow woes behind him.
Santana is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Hitless in his last 19 at-bats, Santana will get the day off Sunday and look to clear his head. Eric Thames will take his spot in right field. Expect Santana to be back in the lineup Monday against the Reds.
Santana is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs. Santana will sit for the second time in four days as the Brewers go with an outfield consisting of Nick Franklin, Keon Broxton and Hernan Perez for Wednesday's afternoon game. Following a five-game hitting streak, Santana is now in the midst of a mini 1-for-9 slump, but he's getting on base at a strong clip and already has two homers and two stolen bases. The Brewers seem likely to give Santana close to a full season's worth of at-bats despite his defensive shortcomings.
Santana is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds. Santana has made six straight starts in right field but will give way to Hernan Perez, who hit his first homer of the season Saturday. Look for Santana to return to action when the Brewers open up a three-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo homer in Tuesday's 4-3 road win over Toronto. After going 1-for-15 to start the year, he's now homered in consecutive games, having also done so Sunday against the Cubs. Santana has long been highly regarded for his bat, and he's getting an opportunity to show what he can do as the Brewers' full-time starter in right field this year. It's not a stretch to expect 20-plus homers, but the peripherals may not be very strong for him in Milwaukee's weak lineup.
Santana is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs. Lefty-hitting Eric Thames will take over in the outfield for Santana as right-hander Kyle Hendricks toes the rubber for the Cubs. If backup first baseman Jesus Aguilar continues to swing a hot bat, Santana could see himself giving way to Thames a little more often when a southpaw takes the mound.
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