Sep 21, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Danny Santana (39) throws to first in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
I still remain skeptical on Santana even after what he did a season ago. The fear that regression is coming probably isn’t unwarranted, the worry is to what extent. As Santana moves into the infield, he will experience some of what Joe Mauer went through a season ago. Having to focus on learning something over again, while competing at a high level in other facets of the game is no small task.
It will be worth monitoring how Santana takes to a return to the infield. Although he was smooth in centerfield last season despite being out of position, are errors going to be a cause for concern as the Twins put him back at short? Although Molitor has said he wouldn’t intend to use Santana in center, we will be monitoring whether or not he gets time in the role as a backup plan.