Carlos Santana is one of the MLB‘s most exciting players, as he has the ability to crank over 25 home runs and call a stellar game from behind the plate. While I have been Santana’s biggest fan since he burst onto the scene in 2010, I still think that he has room to improve.
The 5-year, $21M contract that he signed in April shows just how much the Cleveland Indians believe in Santana to be more than a black magic woman–Carlos Santana is, of course, also the name of a famous guitar player, for those of you who don’t understand the humor.
Nonetheless, I’m still waiting for Santana to have a breakout year in which every part of his game comes together for an entire season.
Playing catcher, it is often hard to play in upwards of 150 games due to the constant agony that comes with the job. However, aside from a nasty home-plate collision that derailed his 2010 season, Santana has remained relatively healthy.
In 2011, Santana hit 27 home runs along with 35 doubles, but his batting averaged finished at just .239. Perhaps with a new approach, he hit .252 in 2012 with his power numbers dwindling down to 18 home runs and 27 doubles–Indian fans are waiting for the day when the power numbers and average number coincide for Santana.
One thing that also impressed me about Santana is his switch hitting prowess and his ability to take walks as he has hovered around the 100 base-on-balls mark each of the last two years.
Entering 2013 completely healthy and with another season of big league experience underneath his belt, I have no doubt this could be the year in which Santana pieces the puzzle together for an MVP-type campaign.