Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The fourth installment of my 2013 Cleveland Indians Key Player series will focus on Carlos Santana. After previously covering Justin Masterson, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Jason Kipnis, we’ll be discussing the Indians’ catcher and his importance to the upcoming season. In the midst of a breakout minor league campaign, the Indians acquired Carlos Santana in the 2008 Casey Blake trade. They watched as he blossomed into the club’s top hitting prospect since Manny Ramirez.  Santana seemed to be the complete package, a switch-hitting power hitter with impressive plate discipline and high contact ability. If that wasn’t enough, Santana was converted to catcher early in his minor league career allowing him to match his impressive offensive profile by playing a premium defensive position. After being a regular in league-wide Top 10 prospect lists in the years following the trade, Santana would go on to make his debut with the Indians in 2010. With a .260/.401/.462 slash line in 192 at-bats, and ...
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