Today the Minnesota Twins announced that Danny Santana has in fact returned to the big league club from his rehab assignment. In clearing room on the 25 man roster for Santana, Chris Hermann was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester.
Santana has been on the 15 day disabled list since June 26 with a bone bruise in his left knee. Prior to hitting the DL, Santana was on a tear for the Twins. A true shortstop, and one that the Twins believe, could be their shortstop of the future, had been used primarily in center field. With Sam Fuld back manning the position, the Twins have options on where to use Santana.
Regardless of where he plays in the field, you can bet that Ron Gardenhire will have Santana’s bat in the lineup. Through 134 at bats this season, Santana is hitting .328 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs, while also using his speed to steal 6 bases.
Santana has been a bright spot in the Twins development track this year. With Alex Meyer and Trevor May still sitting down in Rochester, the Twins haven’t seen any of their up and coming prospects blossom, outside of Santana. Miguel Sano was though to be an option early in the season at third base, but Tommy John surgery put an end to that notion.
While Danny Santana doesn’t have the pedigree that the Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano’s of the Twins farm system do, he is an above average prospect in his own right. He has always been viewed as a player whose glove has followed his bat, but his bat has played wonderfully for the Twins.
With Minnesota needing a handful of key wins across the next few series, the refreshment of Danny Santana being entered back into the lineup can only be seen as good news. Hopefully his bruise is completely heeled, and he can pick up right where he left off in the first half.