Danny Santana

Danny Santana
Santana with the Minnesota Twins
Atlanta Braves
Center fielder / Shortstop
Born: (1990-11-07) November 7, 1990
Monte Plata, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 2014, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through July 4, 2018)
Batting average .256
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 100
Stolen bases 48

Daniel Ernesto Santana (born November 7, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop and center fielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB. He previously played for the Minnesota Twins.


Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins signed Santana as an undrafted free agent in December 2007. In November 2012, the Twins added Santana to the 40 man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[1]

Santana was called up to the major leagues for the first time on May 2, 2014.[2] After a solid start to his career, Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 27, 2014.[3] Santana spent the season splitting time between center field and shortstop.[4] He finished the season with a .319 batting average and seven home runs and 20 stolen bases in 101 games, leading all rookies. He finished seventh in American League Rookie of the Year Award voting.[5][6] Additionally, Santana's rookie year batting average of .319 is a Twins franchise record (minimum 130 ABs).[7][8]

Santana began the 2015 season as the Twins' shortstop. He regressed throughout the season, being demoted to the Rochester Red Wings.[9] He finished the major league season hitting just .215 with no home runs. Santana continued to see his playing time decrease in 2016 due to other players on the team performing better. Despite this, Santana continued to see playing time at shortstop but an injury cost him half a season. Santana was designated for assignment by the Twins on May 5, 2017.[10]

Atlanta Braves

On May 8, 2017, Santana was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Kevin Chapman.[11] He elected free agency on December 1, 2017. He resigned a minor league deal on December 20, 2017. He was assigned to AAA Gwinnett Stripers for the 2018 season.

On June 22, 2018 the Braves selected Santana’s contract from AAA. Santana was designated for assignment on July 19, 2018, and was outrighted on July 22.


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  2. "Minnesota Twins set to call up Danny Santana". TwinCities.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  3. Gleeman, Aaron (June 27, 2014). "Twins place Danny Santana on the disabled list".
  4. "Danny Santana is a pretty good outfielder - for a shortstop". StarTribune.com. May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  5. "Danny Santana excited about new opportunity with Braves". Ajc.com. April 23, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  6. "2014 Awards Voting - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  7. "Twins Rookie stats".
  8. Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award#Qualifications and voting
  9. Berardino, Mike. "Twins report: Danny Santana getting high marks in Triple-A stint – Twin Cities". Twincities.com. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  10. FOX Sports North (May 5, 2017). "Twins designate Danny Santana, reinstate Adrianza, select Rucinski". Foxsports.com. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  11. Bowman, Mark (May 8, 2017). "Braves acquire Santana for Chapman, cash". MLB.com. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
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