January 12, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #39 Ramon Santana

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #39 | Ramon Santana

Position | Second Base/Shortstop/Third Base

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| June 20, 1986 (La Romana, Venezuela)

School | Not Available

| 5'9''

| 152 lbs.

2009 Ranking | Not Ranked

Ramoncito Santana signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in 2004. Santana played great in the Dominican Summer League as a 20-year-old in 2006. But when he began playing in the States in 2007, Santana looked over matched. He's been hampered with injuries throughout his career, but that didn't stop him from having a breakout 2009 season. Santana hit a career-best .295/.383/.448 between 386 at-bats between Beloit and New Britain. Santana also walked 50 times, which kept his on-base percentage near .400 all season. His first half numbers were much better than his second half numbers, but he continued to be a dominating presence in the middle of the Snappers lineup. Santana is extremely small, but he is an average-to-below-average runner. He's also a subpar defender, although he has spent his career switching between second base, shortstop, third base and has even spent time in both left and right field. Santana has shown what he can do in the Midwest League but he'll have to step-it-up in the Florida State League this season.

2009 Statistics
          Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR    wRC+
          A-       103    434    .296    .384    .453      37      9     133
AA 4 17 .267 .353 .333 1 0 98

2010 Outlook
Santana will be playing somewhere in the Ft. Myers infield.


Estimated Time of Arrival


(Picture courtesy of Nathan Bortz from Border Ball)