No, it’s not legendary guitarist Carlos Santana. It’s actually Indians catching prospect Carlos Santana, although you could argue that he’s pretty “smooth” at the plate. In 2008, Santana hit 21 home runs and 117 RBI with a .326 average between three different minor league levels. Then last season he hit .290 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in Double-A. And this year he was hitting .316 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI at Triple-A Columbus. So in short, he’s mashed at every level he’s played at in the Indians system. And given that Lou Marson has been hitting under .200, it’s understandable why the Indians wanted to get a little more bang for their buck from behind the plate.
To put his numbers in comparison, Giants catcher/first baseman Buster Posey hit just 18 home runs with 80 RBI with a .325 between two levels in 2009 and had 6 home runs and 32 RBI with a .349 average when he got the call from the Giants a couple of weeks ago.
Santana is another solid option at catcher. With the way Matt Wieters has been struggling it would be worthwhile to think about picking up either Posey and Santana. And if the first base eligibility which Posey just earned a few nights ago doens’t mean much to you, I might be inclined to lean toward Santana. Either way, Santana should become a hot commodity in the coming days and weeks.