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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Carlos Santana Today

Keith Law reminds us of Ned Colletti's folly:
Carlos Santana, C, Cleveland
Missed by:
10 at-bats
Would have ranked: No. 1 or 2

If Santana wrecks his knee a week sooner, he remains on the list and is either first or second on the Top 100 list depending on whether Strasburg is still eligible. If Santana doesn't hurt his knee, he grabs another 150 or so at-bats and probably ends up on most AL Rookie of the Year ballots. The injury was apparently less severe than an MCL or ACL tear, with a recovery time of 4-6 months rather than 8-12, so he should be ready to go for spring training, although I wouldn't be shocked to see Cleveland give him more days off this year than a starting catcher might ordinarily receive. Santana is a well-rounded offensive player with great plate discipline and an explosive bat; if he stays behind the plate long-term, he'll be one of the best players in the American League.

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