Acquired: Selected in the MLB Rule 5 Draft, 2016 (BAL). Originally as an international free agent (Venezuela) on July 2, 2011 (CLE).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .382 with five home runs, five doubles and 14 RBI's in 16 games between Frederick (High A) and Bowie (Double-A), 15 of those games at Bowie, for a .453 OBP and .745 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Activated from the 60-day DL on August 17, when OF Joey Rickard was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 08/18/17
|August 18, in a 9-7 win against the Angels. The starting right fielder, he batted seventh and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Facing left-handed starter Andrew Heaney with two outs in the second inning, he popped out to second ing. In the fourth, he led off the inning by striking out swinging. In the sixth, with one out, he struck out swinging against right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian. In the ninth, facing right-handed reliever Yusmeiro Petit, he led off the inning with a line drive single to right field, moving to second when Seth Smith drew a walk and to third on a single by Tim Beckham before scoring on Manny Machado's game-ending grand slam.|
|Santander, one of two players selected by the Orioles in the2016 Rule 5 Draft (the other being outfielder Aneury Tavarez), Santander replaced yet another former Rule 5'er, Joey Rickard, on the active roster after being activated from the DL, where he had been since Opening Day as he recovered from off-season surgery on his right shoulder and a strained right forearm that officially landed him on the DL. The shoulder surgery had convinced the Indians they didn't have to protect him prior to the Rule 5 Draft, but the Orioles had other long-range plans. He'd also lost chunks of both 2013 and 2014 to elbow surgery. But when healthy, as he appears to be based on the small sampling of rehab at Bowie, he is a multi-talented and dangerous hitter who has huge upside potential. A Carolina League All-Star in 2016 when he hit .290 with 20 home runs and 95 RBI's at Lynchburg (High A), he led the league that summer with 42 doubles,good for fifth in the minor leagues, and he led the Indians organization in hits (145) and total bases (247) as well as leading the league in extra-base hits (62). He brings raw power and excellent athleticism, and he can play first base as well as the outfield.|