And again yesterday, if he was an experienced CFer, he would have been capable of playing 10-15 ft. shallower and could have called off Nunez and Dozier, thus avoiding the misplay and injury, no points off for that, but the Twins are, in fact, still playing "shorthanded" in the OF.
Hopefully Santana is going to keep knocking stuff off his "to learn list" and keep getting better. This is how a player moves from the IF to the OF... He simply starts playing there everyday. Usually it happens in the minors or at least Spring Training first... but this is how it's done. You put him out there until he's comfortable. Playing him in CF only occasionally every 3 weeks was a bad idea all the way around because he will be forever stuck as an inexperienced OF that way.
If you need him in CF and it seems that we do... Play him as long as his bat contributes. If his bat stops... Then you gotta look back to Hicks or Fuld.
You and I agree that the Twins made a mistake this year in regards to CF and in my mind... This is part of that correction process.
Santana has been forced to become our CF because the front office failed to adequately staff the position from an organizational standpoint.
In my opinion... Santana is doing everything he can to grab this MLB position when the opportunity arose for him. He's hitting the ball... he's running the bases aggressively and he's getting better in the OF. I'll live with his mistakes for awhile because we need someone to play CF and this is his moment and he's now our leadoff hitter and good for him. He's gotta be as happy as he can be right now.
Playing CF... Wasn't Santana's choosing... it was out of necessity because the front office failed to cover the position adequately but I have to imagine that Santana is smiling ear to ear that he has a starting MLB job right now.
People can argue weather he should be a SS or not in the future... I have no idea
Right Now... The Team needs him to be a CF because the team didn't properly cover CF in the off season. If Santana remains a CF and remains the every day starter for 2014. He'll be an experienced OF soon enough.
Although... We will be wondering why he was moved back to the INF when Buxton takes over in CF.
Edited by Riverbrian, 13 June 2014 - 08:46 AM.