When the Milwaukee Brewers traded Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers they got a ton of talent back in the return. The first piece that made it to the major leagues is slugging outfielder, Domingo Santana. Although he spent only spent the better part of two months in Milwaukee, he showed a good glimpse of the future. Here is a recap of his year in Milwaukee.
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After being one of the most feared hitters in AAA for much of the year (he batted .333 with a .999 OPS in AAA), Santana came up to Milwaukee and showed how powerful he is at the plate. In 38 games as a Brewer, Santana slugged six home runs while batting .231 with a .766 OPS. While he will strike out a ton, his patient eye at the plate will be a big plus in the future.
Though he is profiled as a corner outfielder in the future, Santana was successful spending much of his time in the majors this year as a center fielder.
His big presence in the lineup was shown from day one when he homered in his first game with the Brewers. Santana’s biggest game came against the Cincinnati Reds on September 19th, when he not only homered, but he went three for four, adding a double and five RBIs.
The Brewers have a long list of slugging outfielders, and Santana looks to be the next in line. Heading into next season, Santana certainly opened eyes and earned a spot in the everyday lineup. At just 23-years-old, he should be fixture in the lineup for years to come.
Final Grade: B-