Do you remember when the Milwaukee Brewers faced a tough choice on their outfield rotation? Domingo Santana solved their problem by needing to straighten out his swing in Triple-A. He’s played 19 games with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. How’s he doing? When will he return?
Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana posted a .249/.313/.354 slash line in 62 games at the Major League level. That was poor enough to earn a ticket to Colorado Springs. Santana has appeared in 19 games with the Sky Sox. He’s there to rediscover his power stroke. Could he come back to the Brewers soon?
How’s Santana doing with the Sky Sox?
He owns a .281/.415/.453 slash line in 82 at-bats. He’s bashed two homers, both coming in the same game this week, and has driven in 11. Santana has drawn a walk in 8.5% of his trips to the plate, while striking out in 28.0% of his plate appearances. His .172 ISO indicates that he’s slowly rediscovering the power that helped him bash 30 homers in Milwaukee last year.
When will Santana return?
Well, that depends. Santana could return if the Milwaukee Brewers suffer another injury to their outfield. If the Brewers don’t have another outfielder needing time off, Santana will have to hit his way back to the Majors. He’s on the right track, but he has to shower greater power before he’s brought back up. He averaged one home run every five games last year. This year, he’s averaging one homer every 16 games between his time on the Major League roster and in Triple-A.
It’s clear that Santana is staying down until he finds his power or the Brewers have an emergency.
Does Santana have any trade value?
If you’re thinking the Milwaukee Brewers could sweeten a deadline deal with Santana, you might be on the right track.
Santana drew interest on the trade market this past off season. Most teams are smart enough to know that Santana didn’t forget how to hit. His value isn’t what it was a few months ago, but a team could still request Santana in a deal. A change of scenery could help Santana rediscover himself, while adding a solid player for the Brewers for the stretch run.
Santana still has work to do before he’ll return to the Milwaukee Brewers. The recent success is a positive sign, but it’s clear that he’s not all the way back yet. Santana may not be as good as he was last year, but he’s not as bad as he’s been this year. He’ll rediscover his power, but it may come somewhere else if the Brewers find a tempting offer for an upgrade to their Major League roster.