I wanted to solicit people's opinion on Carlos Santana, the young catcher for the Indians. He seems to have a direct line to the majors given the beyond-terrible production from Cleveland's MLB catchers which makes him attractive for this year and beyond. He also has been destroying minor league pitching so far:
.313 avg, 1.029 OPS, 5 HR, 3 SB, 19 R, 23 RBI in 26 games
(Last year was also quite good at .293, .943, 23 HR, 91 R, 97 RBI in 130 games)
I am wondering about 2 things. First, does anyone have a handle on the timing for such a move assuming Cleveland will do it as soon as they pass whatever bench mark gives them the most economic protection in future years? Late May, early June, etc.?
Second, does Santana project as an immediate impact guy at age 24? I am in a 10 team mixed keeper league and would need to drop one of the following (from least likely to most likely in my mind at the moment):
Eric Young Jr.
Other young players on the wire include:
Feel free to offer thoughts on the promotion of minor league players generally, your views on Santana specifically, and/or what you would do with my roster. For background, my team has an excellent lineup but a lot of struggling pitchers (Vazquez, Nolasco, Dotel, M. Gonzalez, B. Anderson - INJ).