Santana with the Minnesota Twins
|Center fielder / Shortstop|
Born: November 7, 1990|
Monte Plata, Dominican Republic
|May 5, 2014, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 4, 2018)
|Runs batted in||100|
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.
Santana was called up to the major leagues for the first time on May 2, 2014. After a solid start to his career, Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 27, 2014. Santana spent the season splitting time between center field and shortstop. 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. Additionally, Santana's rookie year batting average of .319 is a Twins franchise record (minimum 130 ABs).
Santana began the 2015 season as the Twins' shortstop. He regressed throughout the season, being demoted to the Rochester Red Wings. 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.
On May 8, 2017, Santana was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Kevin Chapman. 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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