Rankings: Who has the top SS in the AL Central?
By Brett Pnazek
Sep 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Andrew Romine (27) collides with Minnesota Twins short stop Danny Santana (39) as he slides into second base in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
No. 3: Danny Santana (Minnesota Twins)
Danny Santana was a rookie last year, and he was very impressive in his debut. He finished seventh in the Rookie of the Year voting and has given the Twins hope and stability at the position.
Offensively, he is the second-best shortstop within the division. He displayed power with seven home runs and also speed with seven triples and 20 steals. The SS also hit .319, but also struck out 98 times.
Defensively, he was slightly better than average with a dWAR of .4 and a -1 runs saved, according to his runs from fielding.
Santana doesn’t face much competition at the position, and it will take a lot for the Twins to think about replacing him. He could be one of the cornerstones that the team can build around until their highly touted prospects arrive later this year or next year.
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