Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:31:43 -0700
Cleveland Indians C/3B Carlos Santana is 3-for-40 in his last 10 games.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is the team raves about his defense in his transition to third base. Buy low if you can.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:31:20 -0700
Cleveland Indians 3B Carlos Santana said he thinks switching between catcher and third base might be affecting his offense early this season. However, he doesn't think it'll be a season-long issue.
Fantasy Tip: Some players are affected by position switches, and Santana may be one of them. The Indians might take this into consideration and have him switching positions less often now.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:07:31 -0700
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona acknowledged Tuesday, March 25, that C Carlos Santana will be the team's starting third baseman to open the season, and it won't involve a platoon with 3B Lonnie Chisenhall. Santana will also serve as the backup catcher.
Fantasy Tip: There was a good chance Santana would have eventually gained 3B eligibility, but this confirms he'll do so rather quickly. Santana is a very valuable asset because of his multi-positional eligibility in all leagues.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:28:40 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has looked out of place at third base during spring games and right now, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall and every other third baseman in camp looks much better than Santana on defense at the hot corner. Santana hasn't received a lot of opportunities there and when he has, he's looked stiff and uncomfortable.
Fantasy Tip: It doesn't look good for Santana gaining positional eligibility at third base if he keeps this up, but it's also still pretty early in camp.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:35:55 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana has appeared comfortable at third based during workouts, but his first true test will come Wednesday, Feb. 26, as the team opens its Cactus League schedule against the Cincinnati Reds. "He continues to make really good strides," third base coach Mike Sarbaugh said Monday, Feb. 24. "The next step is game action and just taking the ball off the bat - the different angles, different speeds, top spins. The ball coming off the bat is going to be the big test."
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:25:52 -0800
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday, Feb. 22, that he is impressed with the work of C Carlos Santana at third base. "To the trained or untrained eye, you wouldn't say, 'That's a catcher playing third base.' He's playing third," Francona said. "The game will tell us a lot more. It goes fast and the other team is trying to find ways to have you make errors. It's not just a coach hitting a fungo and making a physical play. It's slowing the game down and knowing situations."
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:47:34 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana worked exclusively as an infielder in the team's first full-squad workout Monday, Feb. 17. He lined up with 3B Lonnie Chisenhall at third base, taking grounder balls from manager Terry Francona. "From the minute we have laid eyes on him, he has been nothing but diligent," Francona said. "I mean, staying at it to the point where he's taking a weird-sided, crazy super ball back to his room at night to work on his side to side. He has worked so hard just to get to this point."
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:18:53 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana worked closely with former big league 3B Fernando Tatis in the Dominican Republic over the winter, logging 30 games in winter ball for Escogido. This spring, Santana will continue to train at third base, and he will also serve as the backup catcher behind C Yan Gomes. Manager Terry Francona, general manager Chris Antonetti and Santana had a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12, to discuss a plan for Santana's spring. The Indians want the switch-hitting Santana in the lineup on a regular basis, and if he is not the regular third baseman, they'd like him to hit against left-handed pitching, since 3B Lonnie Chisenhall struggled mightily against southpaws in 2013.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:42:31 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana said Tuesday, Feb. 11, that he will meet with manager Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti in the coming days to go over a plan for spring training. He said he still wants to catch, but has focused on third base.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:20:17 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana is still adjusting to third base in the Dominican Republic Winter League, and he's hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three errors in five games so far. Two of his errors came in one game. "It's still very early in the process," said general manager Chris Antonetti. "Sarbie has been down there for a few days with Carlos. He's made a couple of errors, but so far the reports have been encouraging." Santana is expected to be the Indians' main designated hitter next season. Cleveland would prefer if 3B Lonnie Chisenhall won the third base job in spring training.