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39 Danny Santana SS
Height/Weight: 5-11/185 | Birthdate: 11/7/1990 | Birthplace: Monte Plata, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 11/3 | Average Draft Position: 159.23
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Twins get Trevor Plouffe back, demote Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had been on paternity leave, and pitcher Kevin Jepsen, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Tampa Bay. 

To make room, the team optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester and shortstop Jorge Polanco to Double-A Chattanooga, per MLB.com.

Santana was hitting .219 with the Twins this season. Polanco hit .429 in three games.


Eduardo Escobar starts ahead of Danny Santana for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. 

Santana has started 60 games at short this season, including five of the last six. He will be replaced in the lineup by Eduardo Escobar. Escobar will be starting his 19th game.


Twins scratch Shane Robinson, Danny Santana replaces him


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) The Twins announced that outfielder Shane Robinson has been scratched from Tuesday's game against the Reds, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

With Robinson out, Danny Santana is hitting eighth in the lineup instead and is playing center field


Danny Santana returns to Twins' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) A day after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, shortstop Danny Santana is back in the Twins lineup, for the first time since June 7. 

Santana gets his team-high 49th start at short. He'll bat ninth, behind pitcher Kyle Gibson, in Saturday's lineup at Milwaukee. 


Twins recall Danny Santana from Triple-A Rochester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) The Twins recalled shortstop Danny Santana from Triple-A Rochester on Friday after placing center fielder Byron Buxton on the 15-day disabled list due to a thumb injury.

Following his demotion to the minors in early June, Santana hit .308 (20 for 65) with three triples, six doubles, five RBI, nine runs, four walks, 13 strikeouts and two stolen bases in 15 games.


Twins option Danny Santana to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) The Twins optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's 2-0 win over the Brewers, per MLB.com.

"We've talked a lot of late about the bar he set and he's been really trying to get back to that situation offensively," Molitor said. "He's just a kid who has fun when he's playing well and it hasn't been very pleasurable for him as of late. You can see the struggles. So remove the burden of getting hits for a while, and obviously it's what you want to do, but it's a different spotlight."

Santana started 48 of his team's 56 games at shortstop but has been unable to duplicate last year's success at the plate, hitting .218/.235/.291 with 11 RBI and four stolen bases in 179 at-bats. The shortstop has also posted an ugly 49:2 K:BB ratio while failing to hit a home run.

The only other player to make at least one start at shortstop this season for the Twins has been Eduardo Escobar, who figures to see the bulk of the playing time at the position moving forward. The Twins recalled Kennys Vargas in a corresponding move.


Danny Santana back at SS for Twins on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) After sitting out his last two games, Twins shortstop Danny Santana returned to the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against the Brewers. He will bat ninth, per FOX Sports North.

Santana sat out Thursday against the Red Sox with knuckleballer Steven Wright on hill, and Friday against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse. He is hitting just .139 in his last 22 games, with his batting average dipping from .280 to .221 over that span.


Twins SS Danny Santana sits vs. knuckleballer Wright on Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana received a breather Thursday against the Red Sox with knuckleballer Steven Wright on the hill. Eduardo Escobar started in Santana's absence.

Thursday was just the sixth time this season Santana did not start. Santana has been struggling offensively for several weeks, as he is batting just .139 in his last 22 games. His batting average has dropped from .280 to .221 in that span.


Twins' Danny Santana still looking for first homer of 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana went hitless in three at-bats in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays and closes May without hitting a single home run in 2015.

Santana owns just a .549 OPS on the season but has been particularly brutal in recent weeks, hitting .141/.167/.219 in 64 at-bats over his last 19 games, a stretch that featured no multihit efforts by the shortstop. Despite his offensive shortcomings, the Twins went 20-7 in May to seize first place in the AL Central.


Twins SS Danny Santana in starting lineup Tuesday vs. Red Sox


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. Santana, who had been out for the last two games, is batting ninth for manager Paul Molitor.

Santana's return ultimately slides Eduardo Nunez back to the bench on Tuesday.


Struggling SS Danny Santana sits again for Twins


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana is out of the lineup for a second straight game Monday, replaced by Eduardo Escobar for the game against the Red Sox. 

Santana has had a rough week at the plate, going 1-for-16 with five strikeouts and no wallks. The free-swinging Santana has just two walks in 157 plate appearances this season. 

The Twins (+103) are slight underdogs per VegasInsider.com. 


Kurt Suzuki, Danny Santana out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was out of the starting lineup on Sunday. Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who gets his ninth start behind the plate. 

Shortstop Danny Santana also misses a start. He's replaced by Eduardo Escobar for the fifth time this season. 

Right fielder Torii Hunter also gets a day away from the field, starting at DH.


Twins RF Torii Hunter returns to No. 2 slot in the order on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Twins returning to an American League ballpark, right fielder Torii Hunter will move back to the second spot in the batting order on Friday against the White Sox. With the team playing in Pittsburgh the last two games, Hunter was hitting fith in the order.

Now, with the team in Chicago, Brian Dozier moves back to the lead-off spot, while Danny Santana slides down to ninth.


Twins SS Danny Santana remains in leadoff spot for Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana will bat leadoff Wednesday for the second-consecutive game, reports the StarTribune.

Santana will face Pirates left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke in Wednesday's matchup, who he has never faced in his career. Santana went 0 for 4 in the leadoff spot during Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

The Twins are the underdogs (+150) at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.


Twins SS Danny Santana returns to leadoff spot Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) After not hitting in the leadoff spot since April 29, Twins shortstop Danny Santana will bat first in Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh, reports the StarTribune.

Santana will face left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, who Santana has never faced in his career. Santana is batting .176 with no home runs and three RBI in his last 10 games.

The Twins are the underdogs (+170) at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.


Twins' Danny Santana having issues away from Target Field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana has yet to recapture the offensive success of his rookie season but has been particularly cold on the road, hitting just .194/.219/.258 in 62 at-bats.

Santana posted a .824 OPS in 2014, but even though he's in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, he has managed just a .254/.270/.343 line with no home runs, 10 RBI and four stolen bases in 134 at-bats. He's only drawn two walks on the season after racking up 19 free passes last year. Santana is set to play five road games this week, beginning with a two-game set in Pittsburgh that starts on Tuesday.


Twins' Danny Santana stuck in 0-for-13 slump in last four games


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana has gone hitless in 13 at-bats over his last four games to drop his season line to .248/.267/.319 in 113 at-bats.

Santana has performed much better against lefties (.293/.326/.415) than against righties (.222/.233/.264) this season, but his recent struggles can't be attributed to matchup problems, as the Twins have faced lefites in three of their last five games. He served as the team's leadoff hitter through much of April but has batted ninth in each of his team's 10 games in May.

The Twins are getting their first day off Monday since April 23, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the struggling shortstop.


Twins SS Danny Santana has not drawn a walk since 2014


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana has played in 22 of the team's 25 games this season, and is hitting a respectable .267. Of his 22 games, he has started 16 of them as the leadoff hitter for manager Paul Molitor's lineup. However, Santana has yet to draw a walk this season. In fact, he hasn't had a free pass since September 21, a span of 94 plate appearances, the most in the majors.

“He’s never been a big walk guy,” Ryan said, per TwinCities.com, leaving it at that.

And to make things worse, Santana is ranked 10th in the American League in whiffs with 27, and he also leads the league with nine erros committed. He's been hitting ninth in the order in the last four games, and he is likely to remain at the bottom of the order, at least until he can increase his paltry .322 on-base percentage.


Twins shortstop Danny Santana struggling with errors early this year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Twins shortsotp Danny Santana picked up two more errors in Friday's game, bringing his total to eight so far this season. Santana, who moved to short full time this year, is second in the mjaors in errors this season.

"Those are the things we have got to clean up," general manager Terry Ryan said to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Eventually you know that's going to get you and catch up to you. I think it's the concentration factor," Ryan said. "He needs to finish plays. Some of those are plays he certainly can and will and has made. At that position, it's vital that he finish plays."

Ryan is willing to wait and see to let the young player develop his defensive game more.

"He's a young kid, so we're going to give him that," Ryan said. "He's got limited experience at the major league level; we'll give him that. There's a process. There have been shortstops in the game that it took awhile. With all that put together, we're going to give him every benefit of the doubt."


Twins sit Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Twins will be without three regulars in the starting lineup on Saturday. 

Shortstop Danny Santana, left fielder Oswaldo Arcia and center fielder Jordan Schafer are all out of the lineup. 

Eduardo Escobar will start his third game of the year at shortstop, batting eighth in the lineup. 

Eduardo Nunez gets his second start of the year in left, batting sixth. Shane Robinson starts for the sixth time in center, batting ninth. 


Twins shortstop Danny Santana still figuring things out at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana hasn't provided the same pop at the plate in 2015 as he did a season ago. So far, Santana is hitting just .195 in 10 games this season after posting a .319 average in 2014 with 41 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases in 101 games.

Manager Paul Molitor thinks Santana is just trying to do too much at the plate, according to MLB.com.

"Strikeouts are such a bigger part of the game and he's trying to fit the role of a good leadoff guy," Molitor said. "I'm not sure what that even is anymore. Obviously, you want the guy to get on base, score runs and be aggressive on the basepaths. But he knows doesn't walk a lot and is trying to improve that. And then he ends up pressing more. He tries to take pitches and then he's not doing well when he falls behind in the count. So it's kind of a catch-22 right now."


Danny Santana still Twins' leadoff man, despite day off on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, but manager Paul Molitor gave him a vote of confidence. 

"I still like Danny at the top for the most part," Molitor said, per TwinCities.com. "I don't think I'm going to be changing that too much in the short term when he's playing. We're going to play that out for a while. I like him leading off."


Twins' Vargas, Santana tweaking swings from both sides of plate


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Twins switch hitters Kennys Vargas and Danny Santana are both working to calibrate their swings from both sides on a daily basis, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday. 

"I never feel 100 percent from both sides of the plate," said Vargas. "When my right side is good, my left is like 50 percent. It's never the same. I try to maintain both swings, but it's tough."

Vargas is hitting .400 (4 for 10) against left-handers and .091 (1 for 11) against right-handers this season. Santana is batting .250 (3 for 12) against right-handers and .167 (2 for 12) against southpaws.

"I never feel good from both sides," Santana said. "It's always better from one side than the other. Never the same."


Twins shortstop Danny Santana hitting .200 to start season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana is still finding his way at the plate to start the season, hitting just .200 on 20 at-bats. Santana has two RBI with six strikeouts through five games.

After starting the year 0 for 12 with five strikeouts, Santana turned it around a bit over the weekend, going 4 for 8 with a double against the White Sox. 


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.