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39 Danny Santana CF
Height/Weight: 5-11/173 | Birthdate: 11/7/1990 | Birthplace: Monte Plata, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 88/83 | Average Draft Position: 214.00
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Hitters to start in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? Kurt Suzuki, Billy Butler, Kolten Wong, Martin Prado, Danny Santana and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Danny Santana to start at shortstop Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Twins outfielder Danny Santana will make his return to shortstop for the first time in nearly two months Saturday against the Royals.

Santana was moved off shortstop after suffering a knee injury, making 25 starts in centerfield since his return. He has appeared in 43 games in center and 18 at shortstop this season. 


Danny Santana drills four hits in defeat of Houston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Twins versatile rookie Danny Santana has been on a roll lately, but he ramped it up even further Wednesday against the host Astros.

Santana smacked four singles and scored a key run in the eighth inning to help his team win. He is 14 for 28 in a six-game hitting streak that followed an 0-for-11 slide.


Hitters to start in Week 20


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/10/2014) Need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? Caleb Joseph, Chris Carter, Kolten Wong, Casey McGehee, Danny Santana and Corey Dickerson are all players to consider.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


How do you like Danny Santana now?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2014) Now more than two weeks since his return from the DL, where he had a chance to stabilize after streaking to begin his career, the verdict on Danny Santana is in: He's still good.

Granted, he owes much of his production during that time to a five-hit effort Sunday, but even in the 14 games preceding it, he still managed an .821 OPS, continuing to showcase the extra-base power that eluded him for much of his minor-league career but isn't totally far-fetched for a still-developing 23-year-old. And of course, no one doubts he can run.

I'm still skeptical of his batting average (which isn't to say he can't provide a respectable one, but .325 for a 23-year-old who strikes out four times as often as he walks is begging for correction), but factoring in the power, Santana's skill set isn't so different from the one that's made Arismendy Alcantara such a popular pickup over the last few weeks. And Santana is the hotter hand right now.

So fittingly, I've moved Santana up to 18th in my shortstop rankings (17th in Rotisserie), one spot ahead of Alcantara. And that's a risk-averse ranking. I'd say both he and Alcantara have more upside than Alcides Escobar, Jhonny Peralta, Erick Aybar and Jed Lowrie, so if you can afford to gamble, you might want to bypass those safer types for one of the up-and-comers.


Danny Santana racks up five hits, two steals Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Twins outfielder Danny Santana had a huge game Sunday, going 5 for 6 with a walk, a double, a triple, four RBI and two stolen bases in his team's 16-3 blowout win over the White Sox.

Santana scored in the first inning when a batter was hit with the bases loaded. He then drove two home with a double in the sixth inning. Santana racked up two hits during a nine-run eighth inning, first driving one home with a triple and plating another on an infield single. Santana has hit .325/.362/.497 with five home runs, 27 RBI and eight stolen bases in 197 at-bats.


Danny Santana hits rare homer in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Twins outfielder Danny Santana provided the lone offensive contribution in the team's 5-2 loss to the White Sox Thursday.

Santana had just one hit in the game, but he made it count, clubbing a two-run home run in the eighth inning in a failed effort to spark a rally. He went 1 for 3 overall with one strikeout in addition to his two RBI.

Santana hasn't provided much power this season, as he is hitting .325/.361/.465 with three home runs in 157 at-bats.


Danny Santana plays role of hero in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Danny Santana owned the best average of all Twins starters Wednesday despite batting ninth in the lineup. He did nothing to change that with three hits in three at-bats as he raised his mark to a fine .325.

Santana tripled and scored in the first to tie the game, then singled and scored in the fith to give Minnesota a lead it would not relinquish.


Danny Santana absent from Sunday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Twins shortstop Danny Santana, who fanned in all four plate appearances Saturday, is out of the Sunday lineup against Tampa Bay as he works on his mechanics.

Santana, who struggled during a rehab assignment, has continue to scuffle at the plate. The rookie is 1 for 9 since the All-Star break, but still owns a fine stat line of .315/.351/.427.


Danny Santana activated from DL Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Twins reinstated infielder Danny Santana from the disabled list Friday, following the completion of his rehab assignment.

Santana has been out since June 25 with a knee injury, He had just one hit in 11 at-bats on his rehab assignment, but is hitting .328/.366/.448 in 134 at-bats in the majors.  


Danny Santana struggling at the plate during rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Twins infielder Danny Santana is struggling at the plate during his rehab assignment.

Santana was able to play seven innings in the field Wednesday, but is still hitless over seven at-bats. He's struck out twice and has hit one ball out of the infield during that period. Santana is attempting to come back from a knee injury.


Danny Santana goes hitless in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Twins infielder Danny Santana went 0 for 3 and struck out once in his first rehab game with high Class A Fort Myers Monday.

Santana has been out since June 25 while recovering from a bone bruise on his knee. He had hoped to return before the All-Star break, and as long as he doesn't suffer a setback over the next few days, he should find his way back on the Twins' active roster soon, potentially this weekend.


Danny Santana working out in spring complex


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Twins shortstop Danny Santana flew to the team's spring complex in Florida to work out for a few days before starting a minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers, MLB.com reports Friday. Santana is working his way back from a deep bone bruise in his left knee. The Twins have not announced a date for his first rehab game.

Danny Santana will start rehab assignment this week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Twins rookie shortstop Danny Santana will start a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend for Class A Fort Myers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Santana remains hopeful of returning to the Twins for the homestand starting July 18.

Danny Santana headed for rehab stint during All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Twins rookie shortstop Danny Santana, who's on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee, likely will go on a rehab assignment during the All-Star break, reports MLB.com. The hope is Santana will return to the Twins for the homestand starting July 18.


Danny Santana not ready to return just yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Twins infielder Danny Santana won't return this weekend, according to MLB.com.

Santana was aiming for a weekend return, but will need a rehab assignment first. Santana is hitting .328 over 134 at-bats. 


Danny Santana still targeting return next weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Twins shortstop Danny Santana is still targeting a return next weekend in Colorado, but if he is not cleared, he'll likely go on a minor-league rehab assignment during the All-Star break, MLB.com reports.

"He's doing some light work," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's eligible to come off on our road trip, and that's the target date. But they still haven't allowed him to get on the field and run around."

Danny Santana expected to return when first eligible


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan expects infielder Danny Santana to spend the minimum 15 days on the disabled list while recovering from a bone bruise on his knee, FOXSportsNorth.com reports.

Santana was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, so he should be able to rejoin the team late next week. He has hit .328/.366/.448 with two home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 134 at-bats.


Danny Santana placed on DL with knee issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Twins shortstop Danny Santana did not expect to go on the disabled list after an MRI revealed only a bone bruise on his knee. But he was indeed placed Friday on the DL.

Santana will be on a four-game hitting streak upon his return. He has been a surprise this season with a .326/.366/.448 stat line and six stolen bases.


Danny Santana likely to avoid DL with bone bruise


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Twins rookie shortstop Danny Santana received good news Thursday when an MRI on his knee revealed only a bone bruise. That should keep him off the disabled list.

Santana is not playing Thursday against Anaheim.


Danny Santana out Thursday as he awaits MRI on knee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) A knee ailment has Twins shortstop Danny Santana absent from the Thursday lineup against the Angels.

Santana, who is scheduled for an MRI on the knee Thursday, was removed from the game Wednesday. His potential loss would remove a strong bat from the Minnesota lineup. He owns a stat line of .328/.366/.448.


Danny Santana set for MRI on knee Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Twins infielder Danny Santana will undergo an MRI Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with knee soreness, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Santana was removed for a pinch runner after smacking a double Wednesday. He's day-to-day until the team learns more about the injury.


Danny Santana leaves game Wednesday with knee soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Twins infielder Danny Santana was removed from Wednesday's game due to left knee soreness, the team announced.

Santana is undergoing further evaluation in the training room during the game Wednesday. He was 1 for 2 with a double before being removed for a pinch runner. He has hit .328/.366/.448 with two home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 134 at-bats.


Danny Santana returns to shortstop after stint in center


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The infusion of Sam Fuld into the lineup and into center field has resulted in Danny Santana moving back to his more familiar shortstop position for the Saturday game against Detroit.

Santana has hit wherever he has played for the Twins this season. His sample size has grown, yet he still owns a stat line of .356/.396/.478.


Danny Santana might be getting a little too much love


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/10/2014) I'll admit Danny Santana is kind of interesting in Fantasy. He has something of a pedigree, ranking ninth among Twins prospect according to Baseball America, and can run, as he's shown with his four stolen bases in 23 games. But "kind of interesting" normally doesn't spur me into action.

For one thing, I don't trust the playing time just yet. He has emerged as the Twins primary center fielder in recent days, but that's at least partially because of Aaron Hicks' shoulder injury. The Twins also have Eduardo Escobar to man shortstop, Santana's natural position, which could condemn the rookie to a platoon role in the long run.

That is, assuming he doesn't wind up back in the minors first. Again, he has speed and seems to be developing gap power at age 23, but the underlying numbers -- most notably his 20 strikeouts to just four walks in 77 at-bats -- suggest he's in for a major correction in batting average. He was hitting just .268 at Triple-A Rochester prior to his promoiton and has hit only .274 over his minor-league career.

That's not to say he can't improve and doesn't have a future in the big leagues, but the attention he's getting in Fantasy might be a little too much too fast. I'd look to Eugenio Suarez first if I had to dig that deep into the shortstop pool.