Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as a non-drafted free agent July 2, 2011...Signed by Ramon Peña, Koby Perez and Domingo Toribio...Selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft from Cleveland on Dec. 8, 2016...Has a devoted group of fans called “The Fantanders” who are hundreds of scouts from the UK who sat behind him in left field at Oriole Park during a game in 2019...Began learning how to play the harp during the COVID shutdown...Did not watch a lot of baseball growing up, but is a fan of Venezuelan players Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Carrasco and José Altuve...When he goes home, Sundays are his family day when his whole family gets together and watches movies.
His home run on 8/24 vs. LAA traveled 443 ft., the longest of his career, and landed on Eutaw Street, making it the 113th Eutaw Street home run in Oriole Park history (since 1992), 53rd by an Orioles batter, and the seventh of Santander’s career; his seven career Eutaw Street home runs rank second all-time among Orioles batters behind only Chris Davis (11)...Santander’s four Eutaw Street home runs in 2021 are a single-season ballpark record...Recorded a season-high four hits on 8/24 vs. LAA, tallying three extra-base hits (HR, 2-2B) for the second time in his career (last: 8/18/20 vs. TOR)...Recorded three-or-more hits in consecutive games (8/24-25) for the first time in his career...His eight homers in August were tied for 11th in the AL; 24 of his 50 career home runs have come in the month of August, 16 more than the next closest month (September - 9)...Homered in a career-long three-straight games (8/8-11), had a 2.231 OPS in that span...Hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games, including four home runs and two doubles for an .819 OPS, as well as in 12 of his last 16 games...Slashed .262/.303/.545 (49-for-187) with 15 homers and eight doubles in 51 home games, compared to .224/.271/.338 (49-for-219) with three homers and 16 doubles in 59 road games...Slugged his 18th home run of the season on 9/26 vs. TEX; each of his last 13 home runs have come at Oriole Park, and he has not homered on the road since 6/29 at HOU...Slashed .258/.303/.490 (50-for-194) with 12 homers and nine doubles in 52 games after the All-Star Break, compared to .226/.271/.382 (48-for-212) in 58 games prior to the break...His 90.7 MPH average exit velocity led the O’s, according to Statcast (min. 100 Batted Balls)...Hit .257/.293/.405 (38-for-148) with 10 doubles and four home runs against LHP compared to .233/.282/.450 (60-for-258) with 14 home runs and 14 doubles against RHP...His 11-game hitting streak from 4/18-5/29 G2 was tied for the fourth-longest hitting streak by an O’s batter in 2021 and ranks as the third-longest streak of Santander’s career...Placed on the 10-day Injured List (right knee sprain) on 9/28, ending his season; also had a stint on the 10-day Injured List (left ankle sprain) from 4/21-5/21.
Named the recipient of the Most Valuable Oriole Award...Placed on the Injured List on 9/5 with a strained right oblique...Was leading the American League in extra-base hits (25), ranked tied for second in doubles (13), third in total bases (88), tied for third in RBI (32), sixth in slugging percentage (.575), and tied for sixth in home runs (11) at the time of his injury...Led the Orioles in WAR (1.5) according to Baseball Reference, ranked second (0.9) according to FanGraphs, and third (1.1) according to STATS, LLC...Recorded a career-high 18-game hitting streak (8/5 G2-23); tied for the second-longest hitting streak in the majors and the longest by an Oriole since Nick Markakis’ 18-game hit-streak (4/21-5/11/14)... Recorded an RBI in a career-high eight consecutive games from 8/6-14 (13 total); the longest RBI streak by an Oriole since 2017 (Schoop)...25 of his 40 hits were for extra-bases (13-2B, 3B, 11 HR)...His 47 hard hit balls (95+ MPH) were the third-most on the O’s, according to FanGraphs...His single on 8/2 vs. TB was the hardest hit ball by an Oriole (113.2 MPH), according to Statcast...His 32 RBI were tied for the team lead; finished second on the O’s with 10 multi-RBI games...His four outfield assists led the Orioles, and as a right fielder were tied for the fourth-most in baseball...His 8 DRS (defensive runs saved) were the second-most among AL right fielders, according to Sports Info Solutions...Recorded two multi-homer games in a span of three games (8/16 vs. WSH and 8/18 vs. TOR); has three multi-homer games for his career...Hit his third career Eutaw Street home run on 8/16 vs. WSH; his second home run of the game against Max Scherzer and the homer traveled 400 ft....Batted .324 (12-for-37) with two outs and .385 (5-for-13) with RISP and two outs...Hit .285 (35-for-123) against right-handers, compared to .167 (5-for-30) against left-handers... Made 35 starts in right field, one start in left field, and one start as the DH...Appeared on his second career Opening Day roster (2018, 2020).
Had a career-high 12-game hitting streak from 8/25-9/7; the longest hit-streak by an Oriole during the season... Served as the 26th player for the doubleheader on 5/1 at CWS; started in right field in game two of the doubleheader (1-for-2, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, HBP)... Led the Orioles with five outfield assists; made 37 starts in right field, 32 starts in left field and 20 starts in center field... Made 20 starts in center field; entered the season with zero career games in center field in his professional career (minors or majors)... Recorded a career-high five hits on 8/25 vs. TB (5-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)... Homered in consecutive games (6/28-29 vs. CLE) for the first time in his career; did so four different times throughout the season... After being recalled from Triple-A on 6/7, he was second on the Orioles in doubles (20), home runs (19), and RBI (58), and fourth in hits (98) and runs scored (44)... Recorded his first career multi-home run game on 8/31 at KC; hit a home run from each side of the plate; seventh different Oriole (15th time) to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game... Homered on 9/20 vs. SEA, becoming the fourth Oriole to record at least 20 home runs during the season... Scored a career-high three runs on 7/19 vs. BOS... Batted .320/.346/.526 (31-for-97) in 24 games in July; ranked tied for 11th in the AL in hits in the month... Hit .307 (43-for-140) with eight home runs and 31 RBI with two outs... Batted .361 (44-for-122) in 30 Orioles wins and .213 (55-for-258) in 63 Orioles losses... Earned his first career Play of the Week honor for his home run-saving catch on 6/8 at HOU... In 48 games with Triple-A Norfolk, he hit .259/.311/.415 (50-for-193), with 15 doubles, five home runs, 30 runs scored, and 28 RBI.
Hit his first Major League home run on 4/8 at NYY, a three-run homer off of RHP Domingo Germán...Recorded his first career outfield assist on 4/7 at NYY...Stole his first career base on 4/5 at NYY...Entered the season ranked as the Orioles No. 8 prospect, according to Baseball America and MLB Pipeline...Appeared in 72 games across three minor league levels; Short-Season A Aberdeen (seven games), Double-A Bowie (54 games), and Triple-A Norfolk (11 games)...Batted .249 (70-for-281) with 17 doubles, eight home runs, 35 runs, and 34 RBI in his 72 minor league games...Homered twice in his final three games of the season, recording four hits, 12 total bases, and four RBI in this stretch... Recorded his first career three double game on 8/17 at Connecticut.
Made his Major League debut on 8/18 vs. LAA...Recorded his first Major League hit in the ninth inning of his debut...Recorded his first multi-hit game on 9/27 at PIT, going 3-4 with two doubles and one RBI...In 16 rehab games with Frederick and Bowie, batted .382 (21-for-55) with five doubles, five home runs, 13 runs, and 14 RBI...Reinstated from the 60-day DL on 6/14...Placed on the 10-day DL on 4/2 (retroactive to 3/30; strained right forearm)...Transferred to the 60-day DL on 6/14.
Enters 2017 as the Orioles No. 9 prospect, according to Baseball America...Selected to Baseball America's High-A Minor League Classifcation All-Star Team...Played 128 games with Class A-Advanced Lynchburg...Named a Carolina League post-season All-Star...Named Player of the...Week for the period ending 7/17 after hitting .435 (10-for-23) with four home runs, nine RBI, and seven runs scored...Led the Carolina League in doubles (42) and extra-base hits (62), fnished second in runs scored (90) and total bases (247), third in home runs (20), RBI (95), hits (145), and slugging percentage (.494), and fourth in OBP (.368) and at-bats (500)...Had a season-long 12-game hitting streak, 6/30-7/13, hitting .354 (17-for-48) with six doubles, three home runs, 13 runs scored, and 12 RBI during that span...Homered and collected three hits in the opening game of the season on 4/7 vs. Winston-Salem...Tied a season-high with four hits, including three doubles on 8/25 vs. Wilmington...Drove in a season-high six runs on 7/16 vs. Wilmington, going 2-for-6 with two home runs, including a grand slam...Scored at least one run in 10 straight games, 8/16-25...Recorded 38 multi-hit games, including three four-hit games, and 10 three-hit games...Homered in back-to-back games four different times (4/7-8, 6/17-18, 7/5-6, and 7/16-17)...Batted .342 (38-for-111) with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 23 runs scored, and 29 RBI in 28 games during July...Hit .556 (5-for-9) with a home run and 16 RBI with the bases loaded.
Began the season with Short-Season A Mahoning Valley and was promoted to Class-A Lake County after batting .419 (13-for-31) in his first eight games...Ranked second on the Captains in home runs with 10...Set single-season career highs in games played (72), runs scored (52), hits (82), doubles (22), home runs (13), and RBI (51).
Missed part of the season due to a right elbow strain...Entered the season ranked as the 20 th-best prospect in the Indians organization by Baseball America.
Entered the season ranked the 14 th-best prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America ...Missed time due to a right elbow injury.
Finished eighth in the organization in batting (.305).