The Milwaukee Brewers had a roster spot to fill prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals in Washington D.C. The opening was created Wednesday and at the time manager Craig Counsell said they would be calling up a hitter but declined to identify who at that time.
Following their 8-7 win on Wednesday afternoon over the Miami Marlins, the Brewers announced that Tuesday’s starting pitcher Tyler Cravy was headed to the disabled list with a right elbow impingement. Cravy says that elbow was first injured five days prior while batting in a start against the Chicago Cubs. The elbow was apparently hyperextended on a foul ball in the top of the 5th inning. Cravy was unable to get through the bottom of the fifth as he walked a batter and then allowed a pair of home runs all with one out.
It had been previously announced that Cravy would pitch out of the bullpen for the time being after a run of bad starts and because of a scheduling quirk which has the Brewers not in need of a fifth starting pitcher for two weeks, but then the injury was revealed. Without the need of that starter, the Brewers had the chance to add another hitter. They’d been playing with a four-man bench for some time.
With Friday morning came the announcement that some had expected and many had anticipated no later than September 1…
Santana has been absolutely mashing since he came over to the Brewers system. The recently turned 23-year-old is slashing .333/.426/.573 this year at the Triple-A level including a robust .380/.424/.544 line just with the Brewers’ Class-AAA affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
There is a lot of swing-and-miss in his game as evidenced by his 91 K in 275 Fresno ABs and 17 in 79 w/Colorado Springs. That said, in Fresno is K% was 33.1% whereas with Colorado Springs it has dropped to 21.5%. Still, it’s a lot. He does have a good batting eye and has walked 54 times against his 108 strikeouts this season in Triple-A.
Santana’s calling card though is that when he hits balls they tend to stay hit. He is still developing of course but the power is what makes people drool over Santana as a prospect. He has 18 home runs in Triple-A this season to go along with 23 doubles and four triples. That’s 45 extra-base hits in 354 at-bats.
In his brief call-up to the Astros earlier this season, Santana hit a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles in 39 at-bats.
The future is coming over the next couple of seasons. Santana is the first piece of what plans to be many.