Danny Santana’s time with the Minnesota Twins is over as he has been traded to the Atlanta Braves for Kevin Chapman.
The Minnesota Twins acquired Kevin Chapman, a left handed pitcher, along with cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Danny Santana. Santana had been designated for assignment on May 5th when the Twins reinstated Ehire Adrianza from the 10-day disabled list.
Danny Santana was never able to replicate the numbers he put up his rookie year. As a rookie he batted .319/.353/.472 with 70 runs scored and twenty stolen bases. Santana was the ultimate utility man as he could play infield as well as outfield.
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Danny had struggled the past three seasons never batting above .240. He also failed to get more than twelve stolen bases or more than 30 runs scored. Santana also became a defensive liability at times, he always had speed but didn’t always read the ball well or throw it accurately.
Kevin Chapman is a left-handed relief pitcher who was most recently in the major leagues with the Houston Astros. In 58 games he has a 4.09 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 31 wallks in 55 innings pitched.
In Triple-A with the Gwinnett Braves Chapman has a 7.71 ERA with ten strikeouts and three walks in 11.2 innings pitched. Kevin is also cousins with Miami Marlins minor league outfielder Matt den Dekker.
The Twins definitely could use some depth at pitching, especially in the bullpen after a rough outing on Sunday. Chapman will be assigned to the Rochester Red Wings.