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Carlos Santana Called Up To Cleveland

Carlos Santana Called Up To Cleveland
June 11, 2010
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The Cleveland Indians today announced they have recalled catcher Carlos Santana from the AAA Columbus Clippers. To allow room on the 25-man roster for Santana, the Indians optioned catcher Lou Marson to AAA Columbus.

Santana, 24, has spent the entire 2010 season to date at AAA Columbus where he has hit .316 (62-196) with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, a triple, 13HR and 51 RBI in 57 games. He is also a perfect 6-6 on the year in stolen base attempts and defensively has thrown out 9 of 31 (22.5%) of runners attempting to steal. Santana leads the entire Indians organization in home runs (13) and RBI (51) and among International League leaders ranks 1st in on-base percentage (.447), walks (45) and OPS (1.044), is T2nd in RBI (51), T3rd in home runs (13), 4th in slugging percentage (.597) and total bases (117), 5th in average (.316) and T6th in runs scored (39). With runners in scoring position (RISP) he is batting .390 (23-59) with 3HR and 39RBI and against right-handed pitching he owns an average of .350 (48-137) with 10HR and 41RBI. Last night in a 10-9 loss to Rochester, Santana went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3RBI and over his last 12 games since May 28th is batting .341 (14-41) with 9 runs scored, 5 doubles, a triple, 3HR and 11RBI.

Santana was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 26, 2008 as part of the trade that sent Casey Blake to LA. Last year he was the recipient of the 2009 Lou Boudreau award given to the Indians Minor League Player of the Year and was named the Eastern League MVP after batting .290 with 91 runs scored, 30 doubles, 23HR and 97RBI while helping Akron win the Eastern League Championship. It marked the second consecutive season that Santana earned a league MVP award as he was named the California League MVP in 2008. Santana has been named the top prospect in the Indians organization each of the last two years by Baseball America. He will be making his Major League debut and will wear #41.

Marson has hit .191 (27-145) with 15 runs scored, 7 doubles, a home run and 12RBI in 45 games thus far for the Indians.

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