Second-year shortstop/center fielder Danny Santana was a big surprise for fantasy baseball owners who signed him for the 2014 season. Most of us picked him up after a hot start when we were in need of a shortstop. Those same fantasy baseball owners decided he was playing well enough to stay on the roster for the rest of the season.
There’s a lot to love about Santana. After his second game of the season when he had a .250 batting average, Santana’s average never dipped below .300 again all season long. Ultimately he finished with a rookie .319 average in just over 100 games.
Santana adds points to your fantasy baseball team by getting lots of hits and stealing bases. His one big weakness he showed in 2014 was his poor eye. Santana walked only 19 times and had 98 strikeouts. Without the power to justify nearly a strikeout per game, for the best fantasy baseball value he’s going to need to cut down on the K’s. I have no doubt this will get better as he progresses.
The thing I enjoy most about Santana remains his position eligibility. Few players can start for your team in the outfield one day and at shortstop the next. On Mondays and Thursdays or even when you have a devastating injury late in the year when free agency has dried up, this is incredibly valuable. Likely he’ll play center field in 2015 for the Minnesota Twins. For your team, he may end up as your starting shortstop.
As impressed as I was with him in 2014, we all still need to remain careful. The Twins don’t have an offense around him to provide too much support.
Scoring 100 runs is possible for Santana in 2015. Had he played in all 162 games, Santana was on pace to score 112. If he can get you 90 runs and 30 stolen bases, Santana is definitely worth keeping as a starting shortstop. As an outfielder, look for someone with more power.