The Cleveland Indians lost 11-6 to the New York Yankees Monday afternoon, but it wasn’t the scoreboard that the team was paying attention to in the ninth inning. Nor was it the biggest loss of the day. Young, rising-star Carlos Santana was hit by a pitch on his catching hand from Chris Perez when he got crossed up in the ninth inning.
Fans of the Indians as well as all fantasy baseball owners of the young catcher held their breath as Santana left the field, not knowing how long it would be until they see him again in the lineup.
Santana broke onto everyone’s fantasy radar in 2011 as the-then 3rd year catcher walked 97 times in 552 official at bats while cranking out 27 home runs.
In 2012, despite a slight dip in power, he cut down on his strike outs and raised his average. It appears as though he was carrying that momentum into this season as he was displaying an even more improved average, power numbers and walk to strikeout ratio.
When healthy, Santana is a sure-fire C1 in any fantasy format, but depending on the serious of the injury, the length of time that he misses as well as how the injury will affect the power in his swing, Santana’s value may take a big hit for a little while.
While good hitting catchers are few and far between, it may not be a bad idea to start looking for a replacement. While nothing has been concluded yet, and he may only miss a few games, if the contusion turns into some type of fracture, this can become a very lengthy recovery process.
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