Carlos Santana, Third Base


Date of Birth: 4/8/1986
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Carlos Santana, third baseman, was first signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 but he only played in the minor leagues while with them. In July, 2008, they traded him to the Cleveland Indians. Santana made his first appearance as a catcher with the Indians in June, 2010. He was injured that August and ended up playing in just 46 games with the Indians that season.

In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Santana batted .239 with 132 hits, 35 doubles, 27 home runs, and 79 RBIs in 155 games. He caught 95 of those games. The following April, Santana and the Indians agreed to a five-year, $21 million contract with a club option for 2016. In 2012, he was the team's catcher in 100 games and a first baseman in 21 games.

Santana had a strong 2013 season. He played in 154 games and he had career highs in hits (145), doubles (39), home runs (20), and batting average (.268). He played at first base in 29 games and as catcher in 84 games. He finished the 2014 season with 125 hits, 25 doubles, 27 home runs, 85 RBIs, and a .231 batting average.

Santana finished the 2015 season with a .231 batting average, 127 hits, 29 doubles, 19 home runs, and 85 RBIs in 154 games. As a first baseman, he made 77 assists, 110 double plays, 1,061 putouts, and 3 errors in 132 games. He had a .997 fielding percentage.

Santana had a strong 2016 season, with career highs in hits (151), home runs (34), and RBIs (87). He batted .259 with 31 doubles in 158 games. He walked as many times as he struck out (99). In the postseason, he batted just .192 with 10 hits, including a double and 3 home runs, in 52 at-bats in 15 games. Defensively, during the regular season, he played 64 games at first base and he made 53 assists, 48 double plays, 513 putouts, and 5 errors.

The Indians exercised their club option for Santana for 2017 on November 3, 2016. He finished the 2017 season with 148 hits, 37 doubles, 23 home runs, 79 RBIs, 94 strikeouts to 88 walks, and a .259 batting average in 154 games. Defensively, as the Indians' first baseman in 140 games, he made 95 assists, 129 double plays, 1,055 putouts, and 5 errors. In the postseason, he batted .211 with 4 hits, 4 RBIs, and 4 strikeouts and 3 walks in 19 at-bats in 5 games. He hit a home run in game four of the AL Division Series.

Santana elected free agency on November 2, 2017.

Career batting statistics for Santana through 2017 include:

  • 1,116 games played
  • 995 hits
  • 236 doubles
  • 174 home runs
  • 587 RBIs
  • 812 strikeouts to 726 walks
  • .249 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Santana as a first baseman through 2017 include:

  • 546 games played
  • 354 assists
  • 451 double plays
  • 4,438 putouts
  • 25 errors
  • .995 fielding percentage

Career fielding statistics for Santana as a catcher through 2016 include:

  • 330 games played
  • 173 assists
  • 2,241 putouts
  • 21 errors
  • .253 caught stealing percentage
  • .991 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Carlos Santana
ESPN - Carlos Santana