The Milwaukee Brewers got quite a haul from the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade, and it is time to start reaping the benefits. With all of the players that they got in return in the trade performing at a high level, the Brewers made their first promotion to the major leagues as it has been reported that Domingo Santana will join the team Friday night, taking the roster spot of the injured, Tyler Cravy.
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While Santana’s strong arm fits the bill of more of a corner outfielder, he has started two games in center with the Sky Sox, including last night, and there is a good chance that he could see some time there from here on out. He also should see some time splitting with Khris Davis and could even be used as a DH in the upcoming series against the Cleveland Indians.
This season in AAA, Santana who just turned 23-years-old has been outstanding. Though he is playing nearly five years under the league’s average age, he is batting .333 with 18 home runs and an OPS of .999. Since the trade he has homered twice, driven in 18 runs, while batting .380 for Colorado Springs. He has certainly shown that he is ready for the next challenge.
The biggest knock on Santana is his strikeout rate. In 95 minor league games this season, he has struck out 108 times or once every 3.27 at-bats. In his minor league career that strike out rate is even worse, averaging one strike out per every 2.93 at-bats.
After playing six games in the majors last season, Santana has played in 14 games in the MLB this season. While he has again flashed power in this limited action, he has also been susceptible to the strikeout.
Santana is a player with big-time power who can have great success in Miller Park. Looking like a major part of the future, it will be exciting to see him grow over these next few weeks at the major league level.