Domingo Santana can crush a baseball. In nearly 700 minor league games in his career, he has 107 home runs, a .280 batting average and a .854 OPS. The free-swinging outfielder has simply terrorized minor league pitching. With his bat on fire, he is pushing for a call-up very soon.
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Before the trade and joining the Brewers’ organization, Santana was already off to a fine season. In 75 games in AAA with the Fresno Grizzlies, he was batting .320 with 16 home runs and an eye-popping 1.008 OPS. In his two-week call-up to the Astros, he also flashed power by homering twice in 39 at-bats.
Since joining the Brewers, he has continued to hit. So far in his first 16 games, he has a homered and batted .338. Even in a lineup with the powerful Matt Clark, he has become the Sky Sox biggest threat.
Santana is currently rated as the fourth best prospect in the Brewers’ system according to MLB.com and with a strong arm he certainly has the makings of a corner outfielder in the future with the organization.The biggest flaw in Santana’s game is his swings and misses. So far this season, he has struck out 106 times in 91 minor league games. In 21 games in the MLB, he also has 31 strikeouts.
Earlier in the month I wrote that moving Ryan Braun to first base next season would be a great way to get Santana everyday at bats next year, but with the way he is playing he is starting to earn himself some looks for this year. With Adam Lind on the roster and Braun not having a history at the position, I don’t see a move happening this year. But come September with the Sky Sox out of contention, Santana looks to earn himself everyday cuts, even if that means spelling Khris Davis and giving Braun a breather from time to time. The kid can hit and it won’t be long until he is peppering the bleachers at Miller Park.