Anthony Santander
Anthony Santander
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Baltimore Orioles
10-Day IL
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 5/20/2021
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
#165
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Orioles in February of 2021.
Return likely late next week
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
May 14, 2021
Santander (ankle) is expected to join the Orioles late next week, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old joined Double-A Bowie on Friday to begin his rehab assignment, and he'll play a few games there before going through COVID-19 protocols in order to rejoin the Orioles. Assuming he avoids any setbacks or COVID complications, Santander should be activated during the latter stages of a three-game set versus the Rays or a weekend series against the Nationals.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+42%
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 .750 194 24 11 33 1 .247 .289 .462
Since 2019vs Right .797 438 51 22 66 0 .258 .298 .499
2021vs Left .423 17 1 0 1 0 .188 .235 .188
2021vs Right .602 45 4 2 7 0 .200 .227 .375
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
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .820 331 39 19 46 1 .262 .312 .508
Since 2019Away .741 301 36 14 53 0 .246 .277 .465
2021Home .494 25 2 1 2 0 .143 .208 .286
2021Away .586 37 3 1 6 0 .229 .243 .343
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
0.12
 
BB Rate
3.2%
 
K Rate
27.4%
 
BABIP
.231
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.230
 
SLG
.321
 
OPS
.551
 
wOBA
.241
 
Exit Velocity
84.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
50.0%
 
Barrels/PA
12.9%
 
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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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Heading out on rehab assignment
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
May 13, 2021
Santander (ankle) will report to Double-A Bowie on Friday to begin a rehab assignment, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Cleared for baserunning
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
May 12, 2021
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Wednesday that Santander (ankle) has resumed running the bases at Baltimore's extended spring training facility in Florida, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Closer to baseball activity
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
May 7, 2021
Santander (ankle) will start baseball activity very shortly and will likely return in one or two weeks, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Nearing baseball activities
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
May 2, 2021
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday that Santander (ankle) is on schedule with his rehab program and could soon resume baseball activities, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Likely out until late May
OFBaltimore Orioles
Ankle
April 28, 2021
Manager Brandon Hyde said Wednesday that Santander (ankle) is improving, but the Orioles don't expect the 26-year-old to return from the 10-day injured list for another three weeks, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
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