Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 7/26/13
Regular readers to Burning River Baseball know that I have always been bearish on Carlos Santana. Whether it was missing a week of games last season due to getting hit in the catcher's mask by a line drive or lazy attempts to block balls in the dirt, I have always felt as if he has not lived up to his "top prospect" status. This may be relying too much on subjective observation rather than the actual numbers. Santana was the big prize of the 2008 trade that sent Casey Blake to the Dodgers. Santana has always hit well, particularly for a catcher, since coming up to the majors in 2010. While it was enough to cover for his aforementioned deficiencies behind the plate, in 2012 his drop in power was troubling. In 2013, the 27-year-old might be becoming the superstar that I envisioned when he was a prospect. For Santana, the numbers are certainly showing that; especially this season.   Despite having a poor May at the plate, Santana is currently on pace to have a career year in seve...
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