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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%: 57/34 | Average Draft Position: 159.00
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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.


Danny Santana named Twins' starting shortstop


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) As expected, Twins manager Paul Molitor announced that Danny Santana will be Minnesota's Opening Day starting shortstop, according to MLB.com on Saturday. Santana beat out Eduardo Escobar for the job, who started a team-high 86 games at shortstop in 2014 for Minnesota. Santana made only 32 appearances at shortstop.

Santana hit .319 with 40 RBI and 70 runs scored in 405 plate appearances in 2014. He has a .341 batting average this spring.


Molitor: Danny Santana hasn't won Twins' shortstop job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor isn't sure what to do with Danny Santana

Originally expected to be the Twins starting shortstop, Santana has been pushed in camp by Eduardo Escobar

One option would be to move Santana back to center field, where he started 62 games last season. But on Saturday, Molitor said he hadn't considered that as an option. 

Molitor also said he wasn't ready to name Santana the Opening Day shortstop, leaving him without a position, per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press

Santana is hitting .321 this spring. 


Twins want Danny Santana to draw more walks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday he doesn't see Danny Santana as an option to bat second, per the Pioneer Press. However, he could slide down to the ninth spot in the lineup as a second leadoff hitter to help turn over the lineup.

Santana had 20 stolen bases and a .353 on-base percentage in 101 games as a rookie in 2014, but he managed just 19 walks to 98 strikeouts.

"If he doesn't hit .320, that number becomes a little more glaring if the walks don't start to increase," Molitor said. "One of his projects at the end of last year and into this spring has been, 'I've got to put the ball in play a little more frequently.' He's another guy (where) his strikeouts don't match the type of game he should have. He's not a year into his big-league time. He just needs to improve."


Eduardo Escobar pushing Danny Santana for Twins' SS job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) The Twins expected Danny Santana to be their starting shortstop, but Eduardo Escobar is making it a difficult choice for the team. 

Escobar was the starter last season, finishing with the second-highest doubles total among MLB shortstops. This spring, he's picked up where he left off last year. 

Escobar is 4-for-9 in the first three spring games, with a home run and a double. 

"He knows the situation, and it hasn't affected him in the least," Twins manager Paul Molitor told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. "He's had some good at-bats here early in camp. He's a little man who can drive the ball a little bit."


Twins' Danny Santana learning to play multiple positions


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Danny Santana came to the Twins in 2007 playing primarily shortstop. Now, Santana is playing in the outfield and learning how to transition to a new position on the field.

"I didn't know how to play the outfield and I needed a lot of work," he said to MLB.com. "It wasn't hard, because I have the ability to play many positions. But the hard part was being in center field and throwing to the bases. At shortstop, you throw from different angles. In the outfield, you need to be on top to throw."

Santana hit .319 with 40 RBI and 70 runs scored in 405 plate appearances in 2014.

"There's a lot of people here who believed in Danny Santana's future for a long time. We were able to get a glimpse of that last year," manager Paul Molitor said. "I have a lot of confidence in that kid. He's going about his business very professionally. He's really a good listener and applier. Some guys listen well and have trouble taking it out there. He's pretty good at taking information and putting it into play."


Twins' Santana skips winter ball to focus on strength and conditioning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Twins shortstop Danny Santana decided to skip playing in the Dominican Winter League this offseason to concentrate on strength and conditioning, according to the Pioneer Press. Santana said he added seven pounds of muscle through regular workouts with Dominican trainer Franklin Reynoso.

"Sometimes it was 2-1/2 or three hours," Santana said Tuesday. "I feel good. We worked a lot on my shoulders and my legs."

Santana added he didn't do any outfield work this offseason and spent all of his time working on drills at shortstop, as he will be competing with Eduardo Escobar for the starting shortstop job this spring.


Santana, Escobar to compete to be Twins' starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) While Danny Santana is considered the front-runner to be the Twins' starting shortstop, first-year manager Paul Molitor said nothing has been decided yet. Santana will compete with Eduardo Escobar for the starting job this spring.

"It's probably been one of the more awkward things for me this winter in dealing with that situation," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "Obviously, I have to go in there open-minded about how it will play out. I can't say Santana will be the shortstop because things can change. Escobar deserves an opportunity to play and whether it's spotting around the organization or he has to go back to shortstop, I can't tell you it all will work out."

Escobar started a team-high 86 games at shortstop in 2014 for Minnesota. He made it clear he wants to play every day, but is willing to play where Molitor needs him.

"This season is important for me," Escobar said. "I'm coming in ready to play. I don't know if I'm going to be the starting shortstop or not, but I've been working hard to be ready for spring training. If Molitor wants me to play shortstop, or wherever, I'm ready for it."

Santana said he is excited he is moving back to shortstop after making a team-high 62 starts in center field last year. He's been fielding 200 grounders per day in the Dominican Republic to get ready for the season.

"I'm very happy about playing shortstop. I was waiting for that moment," Santana said. "Shortstop is my natural position. I just need to keep working and I can do the same thing as last year."


Danny Santana ready to roll for Thursday opener


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Twins center fielder Danny Santana has returned to the lineup for the first game of a Thursday doubleheader in Cleveland. He has been sidelined since Sunday with a back ailment.

Santana returns on a roll. He had 13 hits in 33 at-bats with five multi-hit performances in seven games before going down.


Glen Perkins, Danny Santana expected to be ready Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that closer Glen Perkins and outfielder Danny Santana are expected to be ready to play Wednesday, the Star Tribune reports.

Santana has been sidelined since Saturday with a back injury. Perkins hasn't pitched since Thursday with a neck issue.


Danny Santana remains out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Twins outfielder Danny Santana is still sidelined by a back injury Tuesday against the Indians, the second game in a row he has missed.

Santana has not played since suffering the injury Saturday, and remains day to day at this point.  


Danny Santana not back in lineup yet


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) Danny Santana was not in the Twins' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels. He exited Saturday's game early with a back strain.

Aaron Hicks will patrol center field in Santana's absence on Sunday.


Danny Santana leaves with back strain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Twins outfielder Danny Santana left Saturday's game with a back strain, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Santana injured himself while making a throw in the outfield. He remained in the game initially, but was taken out for a pinch hitter before his next at-bat. 


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.