Danny Santana
Danny Santana
30-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Boston Red Sox
10-Day IL
Injury Groin
Est. Return 8/10/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Santana's 2019 seemed so clearly like an unrepeatable career year, but even the grimmest forecasts couldn't have predicted a .145/.238/.273 line with one homer and two stolen bases. He landed on the injured list in early August with a forearm strain, and while Santana returned a few weeks later, he was very clearly not himself despite the time off. The Rangers shut Santana back down and he underwent what was essentially a modified Tommy John surgery in early September, swapping in an artificial internal brace in place of the damaged tendon. His recovery timetable was estimated at eight months. Texas non-tendered him and Santana could choose to wait until he's fully healthy next summer to audition for teams. He's best suited for a bench role and the fact that he's not expected to be ready to begin 2021 should keep him off most draft radars. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#589
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Red Sox in March of 2021.
Moves to IL
1BBoston Red Sox
Groin
July 22, 2021
The Red Sox will place Santana (groin) on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
ANALYSIS
Manager Alex Cora acknowledged after Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays that Santana's left groin injury would likely result in an IL stint, so Boston's decision to deactivate him a day later comes as little surprise. Santana came off the IL just three days earlier after moving past a quadriceps issue, so it's somewhat disconcerting that he's tending to another lower-half injury. Boston called up the hot-hitting Franchy Cordero from Triple-A Worcester to fill Santana's spot on the 26-man active roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .779 202 31 11 36 6 .246 .292 .487
Since 2019vs Right .776 484 67 22 65 20 .255 .304 .472
2021vs Left .588 25 3 1 7 0 .174 .240 .348
2021vs Right .544 88 8 3 6 3 .171 .227 .317
2020vs Left .416 20 2 1 2 0 .105 .100 .316
2020vs Right .552 43 4 0 5 2 .167 .302 .250
2019vs Left .856 157 26 9 27 6 .276 .325 .531
2019vs Right .858 353 55 19 54 15 .286 .323 .535
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+68%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+116%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .888 320 58 20 57 17 .271 .328 .560
Since 2019Away .681 366 40 13 44 9 .236 .276 .405
2021Home .792 29 4 1 6 1 .259 .310 .481
2021Away .472 84 7 3 7 2 .141 .202 .269
2020Home .356 38 5 0 0 1 .114 .184 .171
2020Away .770 25 1 1 7 1 .200 .320 .450
2019Home .981 253 49 19 51 15 .297 .352 .629
2019Away .741 257 32 9 30 6 .269 .296 .445
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Stat Review
How does Danny Santana compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
6.2%
 
K Rate
23.9%
 
BABIP
.189
 
ISO
.152
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.230
 
SLG
.324
 
OPS
.554
 
wOBA
.247
 
Exit Velocity
81.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
21.8%
 
Barrels/PA
7.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Santana was one of the biggest fantasy surprises of 2019. The utility man opened the season at Triple-A after signing a minor-league deal with the Rangers. He earned a promotion to the big club in mid-April and eventually became a fixture in the lineup, hitting .283/.324/.534 with 81 RBI and 81 runs over 511 plate appearances while playing everywhere except pitcher and catcher. The switch hitter was one of nine players to post a 20-20 season, belting 28 home runs -- he hit just 13 over his previous five seasons combined -- and chipping in 21 steals across 130 games. Santana could stand to improve his plate discipline (4.9 BB%, 29.6 K%) and the track record is not there, but this kind of power/speed combination is increasingly difficult to find in today's game. After the Rangers traded Delino DeShields Jr., GM Jon Daniels said Santana is likely to get the bulk of the playing time in center field in 2020.
Santana cracked the Twins' Opening Day roster last year, but he hit just .200/.231/.360 over the first month and was ultimately designated for assignment. After the Braves scooped him up, Santana continued to struggle around a pair of DL stints (bacterial infection, quad strain). In 2014, Santana hit .319 with seven homers and 20 steals in 101 games, but that's a long time ago in baseball. He hasn't flashed anything close to that level of performance since. Santana continues to be plagued by a poor batting eye -- he had a 23 percent strikeout rate last season, with his chase rate falling just shy of 40 percent, and a 4.5 percent walk rate. The Braves brought Santana back on minor-league deal and he could push for a utility role, but there's little to see here beyond his speed.
Santana filled a utility role last season after failing to win the starting shortstop job in 2015. He profiles best as a center fielder due to his speed but can play three infield positions in a pinch. However, his fielding proved inadequate at shortstop when pressed into regular duty. He struggles to make contact and doesn't walk. His .319 batting average in 2014 looks like a distant BABIP (.407) mirage. In the two seasons since, he has managed a combined .259 OBP in 525 plate appearances. He offers speed on the basepaths, but even that aspect of his game is trending in the wrong direction, as he was 12-for-21 (57 percent) on stolen-base attempts last season after swiping at a 78 percent clip in the previous two seasons. With Byron Buxton plugged in as the Twins' clear center fielder for the foreseeable future, Santana will have to attempt to make the team in a utility role. If he succeeds, his speed makes him worth an endgame play in AL-only leagues.
Santana began last season as Minnesota's starting shortstop, but struggled both at the plate (.541 OPS) and in the field (16 errors), resulting in a demotion to the minors in July. He bounced back to hit .322/.348/.500 at Triple-A in August before filling a minor bench role with the Twins in September. Santana hit .319 in 2014, but that seemed fluky even as it was happening. After Santana spent 2014 mostly in center field, the Twins were determined to move him back to shortstop, but he's graded out poorly at the position by nearly all defensive metrics the past two seasons. His future may be as a utility player and he'll likely compete for a bench role this spring. Santana offers speed for fantasy purposes and could bounce back as he's just 24, but he needs to make better contact and learn to draw walks to have any chance at finding a regular role.
Santana made quite the impression with a blistering rookie season and may become a cornerstone of Minnesota's rebuilding effort. The Twins aggressively promoted Santana in May after just 24 games at Triple-A. Once in the majors, he was given a shot at the starting center field job despite never regularly playing the position, with the Twins desperate for production. Santana took advantage of the opportunity, hitting .328 in his first month, and never slowed down (.314/.346/.483 in the second half). He was erratic in the outfield as he learned the position, but he showed outstanding range, a product of his excellent speed. It's not clear if he'll remain in the outfield, as the Twins still gave him occasional starts at shortstop and are contemplating moving him there permanently this spring. Santana's got a strong arm and good quickness, but it's not clear if he has the consistency to hold the job given his many errors at the position in the minors (36 errors in 2013). However, his 34 games played at shortstop likely qualify him as a shortstop in most formats, increasing his fantasy value. It's not clear he can sustain his level of success at the plate given that he had a low walk rate (4.4%), a high BABIP (.407) and with his major league success exceeding anything he did in the minors. But it's also possible he's just coming into his own at age 23 and could improve. Wherever he plays in 2015, his infield eligibility and speed on the base paths will make him a top fantasy option at shortstop.
Santana hit .297/.333/.386 last season for Double-A New Britain and may have put himself in position to reach the majors in 2014. Santana has good speed (30 stolen bases) and a strong arm, but he makes too many mistakes (36 errors) and doesn't draw walks. He doesn't strike out much and makes good contact, however. A strong start at Triple-A could see him called up for a utility role and the lack of top middle-infield prospects in the Twins organization could give him a shot at a larger role.
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Not starting Thursday
1BBoston Red Sox
Groin
July 22, 2021
Santana (groin) isn't starting Thursday's game against the Yankees, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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IL stint likely
1BBoston Red Sox
Groin
July 22, 2021
Santana (groin) is expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Dealing with left groin tightness
1BBoston Red Sox
Groin
July 21, 2021
Santana exited Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with a tight left groin, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
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Exits with apparent injury
1BBoston Red Sox
Leg
July 21, 2021
Santana was removed from Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with an apparent leg injury, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Clubs homer in return
1BBoston Red Sox
July 19, 2021
Santana went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI in Monday's win over the Blue Jays.
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