My first exposure to Danny Santana was a spring game against the Red Sox in March. While I certainly remember his flashy play (1-3 with a 2B, a walk and a SB), it was a costly 5th inning fielding error, leading to a 2-run Red Sox rally that gave the defending champs the game, that stuck with me as a perfect example of the inconsistency of Santanaís young career.
That defensive inconsistency was the reason many assumed Santanaís first call-up in early May would be a short one, but he
Iíll start by saying that Iím not an Aaron Hicks lover. I canít disagree with Rob Antony and Ron Gardenhireís critique of his preparation, and Iíve always been an unabashed Denard Span guy (note: hugely excited that he ended up in DC, where I live now). But I do think we (the Twins-loving public) have been giving Hicks a raw deal by bashing the year heís having.
First off, the easy part: letís look at his OBP. I noticed today that, of the 32 major league center fielders that have 100+