Now 21 years old, Santana signed with the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic as a projectable 16-year-old in 2013. He’s grown and his body has matured significantly, and hers now playing well beyond his listed 175 pounds – closer to 215 in my views. Despite the size increase, Santana is an above-average athlete who moves well, and he’s not a clogger on the bases.
The big draw to Santana is his plus raw power, showing the strength and carry to park balls to straightaway center field. He generates a lot of the boom from brute strength—particularly in his wrists—and a leveraged swing that is oriented towards pull-side power. He has yet to turn his BP shows into game power, currently a free swinger with limited concept of the strike zone. Santana often swings himself out of at-bats by chasing breaking stuff out of the zone, and he will probably always come with lower averages and a healthy amount of strikeouts. He helps his profile by being able to remain at third base despite a large body, able to afford himself an extra step by playing back and relying on an above-average arm.
Unless he starts polishing his approach and contact such that his power becomes more of a factor, Santana could wind up a 4A-type corner player is likely to finish a 4A-type corner player who doesn’t have enough consistency at the plate to justify a regular big league profile.