With the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland as well as Ryan Braun moving back to right field, Domingo Santana is going to get plenty of chances in 2016 to show that he can become a daily outfielder in the major leagues. Santa came to the Brewers via the trade that saw Carlos Gomez go to Houston and shortly after he moved up to the majors. Whether or not Santana becomes a vital part of the Brewers is up to him. But, what can the Brewers expect from Domingo Santana?
2015 saw Santa playing in 38 games with the Brewers, a small sample by large. He posted a .231 average with 6 HRs and 18 RBIs along with a .345 OBP. Between Houston and Milwaukee Santana posted a line of .238/.337/.431/ in 52 games hitting 23 home runs, 76 and RBIs posting a WAR of 0.4. While these numbers aren’t the greatest, there is still time for Santa
While these figures aren’t the greatest, there is still time for Santana to improve, given that he makes the right adjustments. He has a high strikeout percentage (33.7% K%), so some discipline issues are going on there but not enough to worry just yet.
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FanGraph Steamer projects Santana to post a line of .249/.329/.431 with 24 HRs, 79 RBIs and a WAR of 1.4 and an improved K% of 29.8%. Those are all numbers that enhance on from last year and given that the Brewers are currently rebuilding they would be a positive note for the Brewers. They would also certainly help Domingo Santana’s case for being a daily outfielder for the Brewers.
Certainly there is room for improvement from Santana; it’s hard to make the case that he’s a viable every day for the Brewers. However, with the Brewers rebuilding Santana is getting the perfect opportunity to grow and make the adjustments needed to become that everyday player the Brewers are hoping for out of him.