Anthony Santander

Anthony Santander

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Baltimore Orioles
10-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A Rule 5 draft pick a few years back, Santander has developed into a quality big-league ballplayer. He shaved six percentage points off his strikeout rate from 2019 to 2020 (to 15.2%). While that improvement did not show up in his batting average -- Santander's .261 BA in 2020 was an exact copy of his 2019 mark -- his rate power exploded. In fact, Santander's .575 SLG ranked 20th in MLB (min. 150 PA). He hit eight of his 11 homers at Camden Yards and the switch hitter struggled in a major way from the right side of the plate, slashing only .167/.219/.433 against left-handed pitching. He was significantly better versus LHP in 2019, so expect a rebound in that department. It's clear that Santander is one of Baltimore's better offensive players, and while he does not run, the bat clears the bar in most formats. He added to his BB rate last year, but it was still only 6.1%, so adjust accordingly in OBP leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#167
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Orioles in February of 2021.
Lands on injured list
OFBaltimore Orioles
Knee
September 28, 2021
Santander was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Santander suffered the injury Sunday against the Rangers. With less than a week left to play, the transaction ends the outfielder's season. It was largely a disappointing one for Santander, who posted a mediocre .719 OPS after seemingly breaking out with an .890 mark in last year's shortened season. Tyler Nevin was recalled to take his place on the roster, while Ryan McKenna could be set for an increased role in the final few games of the campaign.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
34
17
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
19
8
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .742 334 43 15 44 1 .255 .293 .449
Since 2019vs Right .783 674 81 34 97 1 .251 .296 .486
2021vs Left .698 157 20 4 12 0 .257 .293 .405
2021vs Right .732 281 34 14 38 1 .233 .282 .450
2020vs Left .652 32 5 2 4 0 .167 .219 .433
2020vs Right .948 133 19 9 28 0 .285 .338 .610
2019vs Left .810 145 18 9 28 1 .272 .310 .500
2019vs Right .753 260 28 11 31 0 .254 .290 .463
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .847 508 70 33 75 2 .268 .314 .533
Since 2019Away .691 500 54 16 66 0 .237 .277 .415
2021Home .849 202 33 15 31 1 .262 .303 .545
2021Away .609 236 21 3 19 0 .224 .271 .338
2020Home .916 98 13 8 15 0 .256 .316 .600
2020Away .853 67 11 3 17 0 .270 .313 .540
2019Home .812 208 24 10 29 1 .278 .322 .490
2019Away .733 197 22 10 30 0 .242 .270 .462
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Santander 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
0.23
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
23.1%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.192
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.433
 
OPS
.720
 
wOBA
.313
 
Exit Velocity
84.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.1%
 
Barrels/PA
10.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Santander didn't see significant time in the majors until June, but he ended up starting 92 games and posting a .773 OPS with 20 home runs for the Orioles. The juiced ball did not discriminate. His real-life value was dinged considerably by a low 4.7 BB%, and that number was close to what he showed at Triple-A, so there may be limited room for improvement there. Santander is a subpar defender and split his time fairly evenly between all three outfield spots. A Rule 5 pick in 2017, Santander debuted before he was ready, so keep that in mind when considering his pre-2019 numbers. The raw power is there for Santander to be relevant across the fantasy landscape, but he will need to make enough contact for that power to play, and a K-rate pushing 30% in September is reason for pause. This will be his age-25 season and he should have every chance to lock down a starting role in spring training.
An elbow injury in 2017 prevented Santander from spending the required amount of time on the active roster for a Rule 5 pick, so the Orioles were forced to keep him in the big leagues to start the 2018 campaign or send him back to Cleveland. Baltimore chose the former path, keeping him in the majors until mid-May. He was then sent to the minors for the rest of the season, spending the bulk of the year at Double-A, the level he likely would have been at had his career proceeded normally as he'd topped out at High-A in Cleveland's system. His numbers weren't particularly promising with Double-A Bowie, as he hit just .258/.293/.402 in 54 games. Santander projected as an average hitter for both contact and power, a profile which will likely see him back in the big leagues on merit at some point, but which may not be enough for a starting job at first base or left field.
While most teams pour resources into the international market, the Orioles largely ignore it and instead pour their resources into the Rule 5 draft each year. Santander was their big score in 2016. They stole him away from the Indians, but a strained elbow ligament limited him to just 46 days on the active roster last season, so he will need to be in the majors for 44 days in 2018 before he can be sent to Double-A or Triple-A to continue his development. He profiles as a bat-first left fielder, who could hit for a fairly high average while offering 20-plus homer power. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was able to get his first experience at Double-A last year on a rehab assignment, and was extremely successful in that 15-game sample. According to Baseball America, he draws Victor Martinez comps, and like Martinez, he may end up as a designated hitter at some point if his bat ends up being as good as some think.
A switch-hitting outfielder, Santander has been brought along slowly since being signed as a teenager out of Venezuela in 2011. The corner outfielder had his best season in the minors in 2016, slashing .290/.368/.494 with 20 home runs, 95 RBI and 10 steals in 128 games for High-A Lynchburg. He was third in the Carolina League in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. The double-digit stolen base number makes Santander a particularly intriguing prospect, though it is worth noting he only had 18 steals combined in the previous four seasons. Still, his power stroke seems to have arrived, and his average has not dipped below .280 between Low-A and High-A thus far. That success led the Orioles to select him in the Rule 5 draft, which complicates matters. He will have to remain on Baltimore's active roster all season for them to retain his rights, which could mean he will be stashed on the bench for much of the year, as he is likely to be severely overmatched against big league pitching.
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Out of lineup Tuesday
OFBaltimore Orioles
Leg
September 28, 2021
Santander (leg) is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Red Sox.
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Leaves with leg discomfort
OFBaltimore Orioles
Leg
September 26, 2021
Santander exited late in Sunday's game against the Rangers due to leg discomfort, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Back in action
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 25, 2021
Santander (hamstring) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Rangers, batting cleanup and playing right field, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Still not starting
OFBaltimore Orioles
Hamstring
September 24, 2021
Santander (hamstring) isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against Texas, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Remains out of lineup
OFBaltimore Orioles
Hamstring
September 23, 2021
Santander (hamstring) isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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