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Seth Stohs
02-25-2013, 02:01 PM
http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Danny_Santana_is_a_legitimate_shortstop_candidate_ for_the_future022513

Mackey today wrote about Danny Santana, the shortstop that the Twins added to the 40 man roster this past offseason.


"He's a bag full of skills," Ryan said. "He's got all kinds of ability and athleticism, now it's just a matter of consistency. He can do about everything. He's a switch-hitter, he can run, he can steal a base. He can hit a ball over the fence on occasion. He can play second, he can play short."

There's no question that he has the physical tools to one day be a solid big league SS. Having seen him play a handful of games, you can't help but see the tools. You can also see the mistakes, and as Ryan says later, that's what needs to be cleaned up. If he can become more consistent, he has a real chance. If not, he could be the next Estarlin de Los Santos. I ranked Santana in my top 15 Twins prospects because I do believe he has a chance. Of course, only time will tell.

nicksaviking
02-25-2013, 02:15 PM
If he goes to New Britain as expected, he's not far away. His offensive numbers haven't screamed excitement as of yet, but he's still got time to grow and those numbers at Ft. Myers are actually pretty nice for a middle infielder in that league. With the ugly middle infield situation at the MLB level, it probably won't be too far into the season before people start grumbling to call him up.

Seth Stohs
02-25-2013, 02:27 PM
If he goes to New Britain as expected, he's not far away. His offensive numbers haven't screamed excitement as of yet, but he's still got time to grow and those numbers at Ft. Myers are actually pretty nice for a middle infielder in that league. With the ugly middle infield situation at the MLB level, it probably won't be too far into the season before people start grumbling to call him up.

He put up some pretty strong numbers in 2012. he's like 5-8, 175... don't expect a ton of power, although he does take a massive swing sometimes!

glunn
02-25-2013, 06:17 PM
This is a very encouraging report. If Santana can establish himself as a consistent SS who can hit, then this will help a lot in the Twins effort to get back to being a contending team. Are there any other young shortstops in the Twins' system who have similar potential?

crarko
02-25-2013, 06:25 PM
This is a very encouraging report. If Santana can establish himself as a consistent SS who can hit, then this will help a lot in the Twins effort to get back to being a contending team. Are there any other young shortstops in the Twins' system who have similar potential?

Levi Michael?

LaBombo
02-25-2013, 06:25 PM
...His offensive numbers haven't screamed excitement as of yet.

It would be nice just to have a middle infielder whose offensive numbers mumble "competence", given the Twins' track record of developing offense-free middle infielders.

Jim H
02-25-2013, 07:10 PM
There are perhaps 4 players in the minors who have some chance of being an average to above major league shortstop. Santana might be the leading candidate but Micheal, Goodrum and Polanco have enough tools to be in the conversation. Santana really resembles Florimon to a large degree, which should temper the enthusiam over Santana a bit. Having a lot of tools doesn't really mean that they will be realized at the big league level. But like Florimon having great tools like Santana has, means you get extended looks despite inconsistency and generally poor minor league production.

Having patience as an organization can sometimes really pay off with toolsy players who take a long time to "figure it out". Santana's year last year gives some hope and Goodrum is another toolsy guy who may figure things out someday.

jm3319
02-25-2013, 07:17 PM
Sounds a lot like Alexi Casilla. Talent, skills, no consistency and a ton of mental mistakes... I'll wait a few years before getting excited.

righty8383
02-25-2013, 10:56 PM
Sounds a lot like Alexi Casilla. Talent, skills, no consistency and a ton of mental mistakes... I'll wait a few years before getting excited.

I don't really get this. Other than making sort of a mochery of the thread, Which is what you are doing when you say you'll 'wait a few years...' Its not like anybody is predicting he'll be a future superstar.

diehardtwinsfan
02-26-2013, 06:53 PM
Its not like anybody is predicting he'll be a future superstar.

Yes, if want that, go read the Buxton thread. He's apparently the best prospect ever and a near lock to make the HOF.

drjim
02-26-2013, 07:42 PM
Yes, if want that, go read the Buxton thread. He's apparently the best prospect ever and a near lock to make the HOF.

Why bother? Buxton will clearly bust and is only a product of a weak draft.

Seth Stohs
02-27-2013, 12:33 PM
Levi Michael?

Michael and Santana both played for Ft. Myers last year. Santana played most of the shortstop. Michael is more of a 2B I'd say.

mnfanforlife
02-27-2013, 09:56 PM
If he goes to New Britain as expected, he's not far away. His offensive numbers haven't screamed excitement as of yet, but he's still got time to grow and those numbers at Ft. Myers are actually pretty nice for a middle infielder in that league. With the ugly middle infield situation at the MLB level, it probably won't be too far into the season before people start grumbling to call him up.

I would have been crucified if I stated my opinion, which matches yours.

mnfanforlife
02-27-2013, 09:57 PM
Sounds a lot like Alexi Casilla. Talent, skills, no consistency and a ton of mental mistakes... I'll wait a few years before getting excited.

Booo! Why waste years without the hope of joy

mnfanforlife
02-27-2013, 09:58 PM
There are perhaps 4 players in the minors who have some chance of being an average to above major league shortstop. Santana might be the leading candidate but Micheal, Goodrum and Polanco have enough tools to be in the conversation. Santana really resembles Florimon to a large degree, which should temper the enthusiam over Santana a bit. Having a lot of tools doesn't really mean that they will be realized at the big league level. But like Florimon having great tools like Santana has, means you get extended looks despite inconsistency and generally poor minor league production.

Having patience as an organization can sometimes really pay off with toolsy players who take a long time to "figure it out". Santana's year last year gives some hope and Goodrum is another toolsy guy who may figure things out someday.

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FrodaddyG
02-27-2013, 10:20 PM
I would have been crucified if I stated my opinion, which matches yours.
Future generations will marvel at the ultimate sacrifices you are making for this baseball forum.

mnfanforlife
02-27-2013, 10:23 PM
Future generations will marvel at the ultimate sacrifices you are making for this baseball forum.

No, they will marvel at how hateful people used to be.

FrodaddyG
02-27-2013, 10:26 PM
No, they will marvel at how hateful people used to be.
Or how short a leash they gave pointlessness. Think of it as a step to try and avoid the future portrayed in Idiocracy.

The reason nobody "crucified" nick's post was that it made a coherent statement.

mnfanforlife
02-27-2013, 10:33 PM
Or how short a leash they gave pointlessness. Think of it as a step to try and avoid the future portrayed in Idiocracy.

The reason nobody "crucified" nick's post was that it made a coherent statement.

Thank you for your opinion. The blog post had a point, whether you choose to see it or not. Did you read all of it? Because if you did not, I could see why you thought it was incoherent. I know, its almost an entire page long...might take a while.

FrodaddyG
02-27-2013, 10:42 PM
Thank you for your opinion. The blog post had a point, whether you choose to see it or not. Did you read all of it? Because if you did not, I could see why you thought it was incoherent.
I read it all. All that I could gather was that you're trying to claim that at the age of less than ten years old, you thought Torii Hunter would take "six years". It took a while though, due to having to unroll my eyes from the back of my skull repeatedly. Other than that, you know, totally coherent, what with comparing two athletes across entirely different sports.

mnfanforlife
02-27-2013, 10:53 PM
I read it all. All that I could gather was that you're trying to claim that at the age of less than ten years old, you thought Torii Hunter would take "six years". It took a while though, due to having to unroll my eyes from the back of my skull repeatedly. Other than that, you know, totally coherent, what with comparing two athletes across entirely different sports.

That's all you could gather huh?

Yeah some "expert" said 6 years for Torii, and i was like, "Whoa!" He turned out to be pretty much dead-on. Yeah I think you missed the point that I was comparing their reputation as "great defenders" in their respective sports. But, hey, its your world Frog Daddy

Geez, even an eight-yr-old can read an entire page without throwing a fit.