Here comes Santana, down goes Marson
UPDATE: Here is the full story on Santana’s promotion, including quotes from Mark Shapiro.
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On Thursday, manager Manny Acta said catcher Carlos Santana, the Indians’ top prospect, would be with the club sometime before Sept. 1.
Friday certainly qualifies.
Santana, a switch-hitting slugger who is one of the more hyped Tribe prospects in recent memory, is joining the Indians in time for the weekend series against the Nationals. He has been promoted from Triple-A Columbus, which is where Lou Marson is headed
The news comes as the Indians are gearing up to face another of the Majors’ top prospects, Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is fresh off a dazzling debut against the Pirates. A Strasburg-Santana matchup is certainly an appealing one.
Santana earned the callup by batting .316 with 13 homers, 14 doubles, 51 RBIs and a 1.044 OPS in 57 games for the Clippers. He went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs against Rochester on Thursday.
The Indians were pleased with Santana’s defensive development over the course of the season. They were ecstatic about the defense from Marson, who had thrown out 38 percent of those attempting to steal. But Marson was batting just .191 with a .530 OPS.