The Minnesota Twins need an upgrade at shortstop. If they don’t acquire one at the trade deadline, they need to give Jorge Polanco a shot to be the everyday shortstop.
After a surprising rookie season, Danny Santana was expected to become the everyday starting shortstop and be the Twins leadoff man.
Santana struggled out of the gate and has yet to find his footing. A successful stint in Triple-A Rochester gave Santana and his supporters new hope. During his second time around with the big league club it’s been more of the same for Santana. He’s struggling at the plate and in the field.
He’s hitting .225 with 63 strikeouts and he’s committed 16 errors. His 16 errors are fourth most among shortstops. If Santana were hitting closer to .300 and providing something offensively the Twins could possibly look past his shortcomings in the field.
The platoon of Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez is serviceable, but it’s nothing to get excited about. Escobar is hitting .251, but has played more games in left field than shortstop. Nunez is hitting .278 and has played just 13 games at shortstop.
If the Twins don’t acquire a shortstop at the deadline they need to stop with the mediocre three-headed monster at shortstop and give Polanco a shot.
Polanco, the Twins number seven overall prospect is hitting .284 in 18 games with Triple-A Rochester. In 67 games with Double-A Chattanooga he was hitting .301.
Polanco, like Santana has issues with the glove. He’s committed 23 errors this season.
Polanco played in game with the Twins this season and went 1-3 with a walk and one error at shortstop.
The Twins can either continue to give Santana a chance to recapture his rookie form, or they can give Polanco a chance to play at the big league level on an everyday basis.
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