In a return to Cleveland, Carlos Santana rebounded across the board statistically providing sweet music to his owners last year. Santana appeared in 158 games with 110 runs, 34 home runs, 93 RBI, four stolen bases and a .281/.397/.515 slash line. He also notched matching 15.7 percent walk-and-strikeout rates marking one of two qualified hitters with as many walks as strikeouts (Alex Bregman ). Santana’s isolated power spiked to .234 with a 19.3 home run per fly ball percentage as well. Before getting too excited about the gains in average, note Santana finished with a batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of .293, 25 points above his career rate.

According to Statcast, Santana recorded 467 batted ball events with 45 barrels (9.6 percent), a 91.8 MPH average exit velocity and 11.8-degree launch angle. His hard-hit percentage rose to 44.9 percent and he owned a 29.1 sweet spot percentage. Knowing Santana owns strong discipline metrics, the “bounciness” of last year’s baseball...