2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Carlos Santana
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Cleveland Indians 1B/DH Carlos Santana and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
When evaluating Carlos Santana , it’s time to view 2016 as the outlier. His present price fits perfectly with his present skill set. Returning to Cleveland and the American League could enable a rebound in batting average, but Santana’s a 22-to-25 home run player going forward. And, there’s nothing wrong with this.
Last year, Santana’s slash line cratered to .229/.352/.414 with 82 runs, 24 home runs, 86 RBI in 560 at-bats. He does provide solid counting statistics which need to be accounted for in every draft or auction. Santana’s also one of five hitters to walk more than he struck out last season. This underscores the increased value he provides in on-base percentage formats. Part of Santana’s struggles last year can be tied to his .231 BABIP causing a steep decline in his average.
Santana did maintain his strong discipline metrics last year despite his struggles but did become more aggressive on his swings and misses outside the strike zone. He also recorded the highest...