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Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: DOMINGO SANTANA OUTFIELDER SEATTLE MARINERS

Sometimes spotting a fantasy baseball draft sleeper is easy but also somewhat hidden.  Such was the case with Seattle Mariners outfielder Domingo Santana entering into draft season this past spring training as a few factors were at play here.  For one thing, Santana was a bit of a forgotten man as he was unfairly squeezed out of the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder last season despite a terrific 2017 breakout that saw him swat 30 home runs, steal 15 bases, and bat .278.  With the Brewers having signed Lorenzo Cain in free agency and traded for Christian Yelich, Santana was sent to the minors where he spent a long portion of the season.  With both Cain and Yelich locked in long-term, the Brewers traded Santana during the winter to the Seattle Mariners and that put in place what was looking like a big value play for 2019.  Fast forward to present day and Santana has been right there as one of the hottest players in the game as he went into Sunday's action with 3 home runs, 2 steals, and a .348 average.  Still just 26, Santana is just now entering into his prime and his spot in the middle of the Mariners order seems tailor-made for some significant numbers based on the early results.  What is really intriguing about Santana outside of the opportunity at hand is his ability to both hit for power and steal bases and another run at 30/15 is very possible; not to mention a solid average as well.  The one big negative is Santana's very ugly K/9 rates that have hit the 30.0 mark as a pro but he does offset that by posting a double-digit BB/9 as well.  So when everything gets factored together, Santana could very well pay off as one of the best values in all of fantasy baseball this season. 


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