Daniel Ernesto Santana…he and his wife, Johanny have 2 daughters, Jazlin Daniella and Amber…was signed by the Twins at age 17 in Dec. 2007 by Fred Guerrero...participated in the 2020 Comerica Peek at the Park event.
WHAT A YEAR: Established career highs in nearly every category, qualifying for league leader status for the 1st time… his career-high 28 HR and 81 RBI ranked 2nd on the club to Rougned Odor in both categories, and he also ranked T2nd among Rangers with 57 XBH and 81 R…his team-best .283 batting average ranked 24th among A.L. qualifiers…finished 10th in the A.L. with 21 SB, 3rd-most on the club to Elvis Andrus (31) and Delino DeShields (24)…was one of 5 A.L. players with a 20/20 season in 2019, the 10th player in team history to pull the trick (13th instance) and 1st to do it since Andrus in 2017.
HOME RUNS: His career-high 28 HR were 2nd among Rangers (Odor-30) and T6th-most among MLB switch-hitters in MLB (see chart)…it was the 7th-highest HR total by a switch-hitter in Texas history, most since Mark Teixeira (33 HR) in 2006…hit team-high 19 HR after the All-Star break, T8th-most in the A.L…posted 1st 2 career multi-HR games on 7/17 vs. ARI and 8/17 vs. MIN…in the latter tilt, became the 4th player (5th instance) of a Texas batter homering in each of the first 2 innings of a game, joining Ian Kinsler (2x, 4/25/09 at BAL and 6/16/09 vs. HOU), Mark Teixeira (6/18/05 vs. WSH), and Carl Everett (8/1/02 vs. BOS). Hit grand slams 7/25 at OAK (batting right-handed) and 9/26 vs. BOS (batting left-handed), becoming 1st Ranger ever to hit a grand slam from both sides of the plate in a single season…his 2 pinch HR tied for A.L. lead with 5 others, 1st Ranger with multiple pinch HR in a season since David Dellucci (2) in 2005.
FIELDING: Made 112 total starts at 1B (42), CF (22), 2B (15), RF (10), LF (8), 3B (8), SS (6), DH (1)…joined just 6 other players to appear at each of those 7 positions in 2019: LAD's Kike Hernandez, OAK's Chad Pinder, SEA's Dylan Moore, DET's Niko Goodrum and Harold Castro, and PHI's Sean Rodriguez…only other player in Washington/Texas franchise history to appear at all 7 positions in a season was Scott Sheldon in 2000, as Santana is the only such player to start at all 7 spots…had the highest single-season HR total of any player in baseball history who appeared at every infield (1B-2B-3B-SS) and outfield (LF-CF-RF) position during the campaign (credit baseball reference.com)…previous high for such a player was 27 HR by Ben Zobrist with 2009 Rays…start at 1B on 4/26 at SEA marked his 1st professional appearance at the position…started at 4 different positions during series 7/25-28 at OAK (LF-SS-CF-1B)…according to Elias Sports Bureau, Santana was the 1st Ranger to ever make starts at 4 different positions (excluding DH) in a 4-G series.
SUMMARY: Began season with Nashville (AAA) before contract was selected from Nashville on 4/13 when Rougned Odor went on the injured list…batted .355 (22-62) in 1st 16 G, then hit .244 (22-90) over next 30 G…rebounded to hit .376 (50- 133) over next 35 G from 6/15-8/2 before finishing season with a .212 BA (40-189) over final 49 G…led the Rangers in 3+ hit games (13) and 4+ hit games (3), finishing 3rd in multi-hit games (38)…batted .286 (94-329) with 19 HR/54 RBI as LHB and .276 (40-145) with 9 HR/27 RBI as RHB…had career-high 6 RBI on 7/25 at OAK, tying club's single-game high in 2019 and marking the highest single-game RBI total by a Ranger in a road contest since 5/8/12 at BAL (Josh Hamilton: 8 RBI in his 4-HR game)... reached safely in 6 of 12 PA's as a pinch-hitter, going 3-for-9 with 2 HR, a 3B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, and a HBP…was unanimous selection as Rangers July Player of Month…batted .391/.411/.747/1.158 (34-87), setting career monthly highs in RBI (21) and XBH (15).
Spent majority of season at Gwinnett (AAA), making starts in CF (44), 2B (14), CF (9), and RF (8)… led the club in stolen bases (12), tied for 1st in home runs (16), and ranked 4th in doubles (20) and total bases (160)…batted .299 (53-177) with 10 homers and 24 RBI in 44 games in May and June…had a season best 10- game hitting streak, 6/14-7/27…was selected as the International League Player of the Week for week ending 5/27…was on the Gwinnett DL, 4/23-30 and 8/26-9/18… was purchased by ATL on 6/22 and made 4 starts in LF… was 1-for-5 as a pinch-hitter…went 2-for-3 in 1st game on 6/22 vs. BAL before going 3-for-25 in final 14 contests… was designated for assignment on 7/19 and outrighted to Gwinnett on 7/22…played for Aguilas in Dominican winter league, hitting .196 with 3 homers and 14 RBI in 26 games while seeing time at 2B and in the outfield.
Opened the season with Minnesota before being acquired by Atlanta in a two-player trade on 5/8... Combined to bat .202 (34-for-168) over 82 games between the two clubs, including a .203/.245/.357 mark over 69 contests with Atlanta...Made two trips to the disabled list, first from 7/7-17 (left calf infection)...Placed on the 10- day disabled list again on 8/18 (left quadriceps strain) and missed the remainder of the season... Transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 9/5...Of his 29 total hits with Atlanta, 14 went for extra bases...Appeared at six different positions for the Braves: left field (28 games, 15 starts), right field (6 games, 3 starts), center field (3 games, 2 start), second base (7 games, 1 start), third base (4 games, 3 starts) and designated hitter (1 game, 1 start)....Tallied a .986 fielding pct. (1 E/72 TC) after joining Atlanta...Hit his first career pinch-hit home run, 6/19 vs. SF...Went 7-for-32 (.219) with four extra-base hits and 10 RBI as a pinch hitter...Declared a free agent on 12/1 after Atlanta declined to tender him a 2018 major league contract...Signed by the Braves as a minor-league free agent on 12/20.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second consecutive season. Placed on 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain April 9...played three games on rehab assignment with Single-A Ft. Myers and reinstated April 25. Recorded season-high three hits four times: April 26 vs. Cleveland, April 27 vs. Cleveland, July 6 vs. Oakland and August 2 at Cleveland. Placed on 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain May 30...played three games on rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester and reinstated June 17. Placed on 15-day disabled list for final time with a left shoulder AC joint sprain August 28...transferred to 60-day disabled list September 6 and did not play again. Ranked third on the club in stolen bases (12). Hit .265 (49-for-185) with 12 extra-base hits as left-handed batter and .146 (7-for-48) with two extra-base hits as right-handed batter. Played 40 games (39 starts) in centerfield, 17 games (15 starts) in leftfield, six games (5 starts) in rightfield, three games (2 starts) at shortstop, three games (no starts) at second base and one game (1 start) at third base
Made Twins Opening Day roster for first time in career and was Opening Day shortstop and leadoff hitter April 6 at Detroit.... Hit .218 (39-for-179) with seven doubles, three triples, 11 RBI and two walks in 49 games and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester June 7....Set season-high with four hits for Red Wings June 10 vs. Indianapolis.... Hit .308 (20-for-65) with six doubles and three triples in 15 games for the Wings and was recalled June 26 when the Twins placed Byron Buxton on disabled list.... Hit .217 (15-for-69) in 24 games for the Twins and was optioned back to Rochester July 31 when the Twins acquired Kevin Jepsen.... Hit .322 (49-for-152) at Rochester, including an average of .403 (27-for-67) in his final 15 games and .577 (15-for-26) in his final six; recalled by Minnesota September 1 as part of September additions.... Used primarily as pinch-runner and pinch-hitter for Twins in September....Hit .254 (105-for-413) with 20 doubles, nine triples, 36 RBI and 54 runs scored in 126 games between Rochester and Minnesota combined.
Optioned to Triple-A Rochester from Twins spring training March 16...Hit .351 (13-for-37) with three doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored in final nine games for Red Wings April 20-May 1...Recalled from Triple-A Rochester May 3 as the Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the 7-day DL the previous day...Made major league debut May 5 at Cleveland as pinch runner; later recorded first major league hit, singling off Cody Allen...Recorded first career RBI May 7 vs. Cleveland; later in game hit first career double, off John Axford...Was final batter in Twins walk-off win May 27 vs. Texas, hitting the ball back to Joakim Soria, who bobbled the ball and committed the error allowing Eduardo Nunez to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth...Had first career four-hit game and season-high five RBI June 7 vs. Houston...Hit first career leadoff home run June 9 at Toronto off R.A. Dickey...Placed on the 15-day disabled list June 27 with a deep bone bruise in left knee, an injury suffered running the bases June 25 at Los AngelesAL; returned from rehab assignment and reinstated from the DL July 18...Hit second career leadoff home run July 31 at Kansas City off Yordano Ventura...Recorded five-hit game August 3 at Chicago-AL, becoming the fourth rookie in club history with five hits in a game, the previous being Zoilo Versalles (May 27, 1961 at Washington), Rod Carew (May 8, 1967 vs. Washington) and Tim Teufel (September 16, 1983 vs. Toronto)...Was one of five rookies in baseball with a five-hit game on the season...Recorded third four-hit game August 13 at Houston, his third leadoff four-hit game in just his 61st career game, the fastest for a leadoff hitter to three four-hit games since Ichiro Suzuki in his first 36 games of 2001; also fastest for a rookie in any spot in his order in their first 61 since Buster Posey had three four-hit games in his first 55 games of 2010...his 78 hits through those 61 games were the most by a Twin in his first 61 games since Kirby Puckett had 85 in 1984...Hit safely in season-high 10 straight games August 17-26, hitting .348 (16-for-46) with two doubles, three triples, one home run, six RBI and eight runs scored during the streak...Named AL co-Player of the Week with Trevor Plouffe for the period ending August 24th, the first of his career...led baseball in hits (14) and was tied for first in triples (2) and total bases (23); also tied for third in the league in runs scored (7) and was 10th in slugging percentage (.622)...Recorded 41 hits in August; paired with Kennys Vargas' 38, totaling 79, it was the second most in Twins history for two rookies in one month, trailing only Bernie Allen (44) and Rich Rollins (40), who combined for 84 in August of 1962...Hit .313 (41-for-131) with five doubles, four triples, three home runs, 14 RBI and 23 runs scored in 29 August games; tied with Victor Martinez (Detroit) for most hits in baseball during the month and third in runs scored...among all rookies in baseball in August, he ranked first in hits, tied for first in triples, second in runs scored, fifth in batting average and tied for sixth in RBI...Hit safely in 17 straight home games (with an at-bat) August 17-September 19, hitting .400 (32-for-80), the longest for a Twin since Marty Cordova in 1996...also the third-highest home hit-streak in baseball for the season (Denard Span, WAS - 22 and Michael Brantley, CLE - 19)...Hit .337 (31-for-92) with 10 doubles in 23 September games; 10 doubles led all rookies in baseball for the month and his batting average ranked second...Led all rookies in baseball post-All-Star break in runs scored (51), hits (85), doubles (17), second in triples (7), third in batting average (.314), and tied for fifth in RBI (24)...Recorded eight bunt hits, fourth most in the AL and tied for seventh most in baseball...Finished tied for third on Twins all-time rookie list in triples (7), tied for fourth in doubles (27) and tied for sixth in stolen bases (20)...129 hits were most for Twins rookie since 2001 (Luis Rivas - 150), 27 doubles most since 1995 (Marty Cordova - 27), 44 extra-base hits most since 1995 (Cordova - 55), seven triples most since 1979 (John Castino - 8), and 38 multi-hit games most since 2001 (Rivas - 38)...Hit .412 (54-for-131) in day games, the best in Twins history, best in baseball and highest since Barry Bonds hit .475 in day games in 2004...Hit .301 (37-for-123) against left-handed pitching and .326 (92-for-282) off right-handed pitching...hit .307 (61-for-199) at home and .330 (68-for-206) on the road, the highest among all rookies in baseball...Hit .333 (32-for-96) with runners in scoring position and .317 (13-for-41) with RISP and two outs...Played 69 games in centerfield (62 starts) and 34 games at shortstop (31 games); committed four errors in center and two at short...Given the Bill Boni Award for Twins Most Outstanding Rookie voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Participated in his first Twins major league spring training, was optioned March 11...spent season with Double-A New Britain...Hit first Double-A home run June 9 at Bowie...Hit over .300 in three different months - .339 (39-for-115) in 28 May games, .304 (31-for-102) in 25 July games and .319 (37-for-116) in 28 August games...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 23, hitting .429 (12-for-28) with one double, one home run, five RBI and four runs scored in seven games...Played 125 games at shortstop, committing 32 errors...Ranked third in the Eastern League and second among all Twins minor leaguers in stolen bases (30)...tied for second among Twins minor leaguers in triples (10)...Hit .323 (51-for-158) with 14 extra-base hits off left-handed pitching and .286 (109-for-381) with 20 extra-base hits off right-handers...Named Eastern League Postseason All-Star...Named utility player on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team...Named ninth best prospect and best defensive infielder in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2014.
Spent season with Single-A Ft. Myers, hitting .556 (10-for-18) in first four games. ... Set career-high with five hits May 6 vs. Lakeland. ... Named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 11, batting .414 (12-for-29) with one double, one home run, three RBI and eight runsscored in five games. ... Batted .305 (29-for-95) in 22 April games and .311 (28-for-90) in 22 May games. ... Florida State League All-Star Game selection. ... Ranked third in the Twins entire organization in triples (9), fifth in hits (145), tied for eighth in stolen bases (17) and 10th in runs scored (70). ... Played 85 games at shortstop, 32 games at second base and two games in the outfield, committing 26 errors, which ranked third in theTwins organization. ... Named shortstop on the MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team. ... Ranked ninth best prospect in the Twins organization by Baseball America entering the 2013 season. ... Added to Twins 40-man roster in November.
Spent entire season with Single-A Beloit...batted .293 (27-for-92) against right-handed pitchers and .231 (63-for-273) against lefties...led the Twins organization in errors, committing 28.
Split time between Rookie Elizabethton and Single-A Beloit...hit safely in 25 of 30 games at Elizabethton...named 20th best prospect in theTwins organization by Baseball America entering 2011.
Spent entire season with GCL Twins...named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 8, batting .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs,11 RBI, two home runs and one double in five games...led team in at-bats, runs, RBI and stolen bases...ranked 25th best prospect in Twinsorganization by Baseball America entering 2010 season.
Spent first season with DSL Twins...finished with a nine-game hitting streak August 11-23, including 10 RBI in that span...batted .322(19-for-59) with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored in 15 August games...led team and was second in DSL in triples (10).