Carlos Santana Third Base Update 1/23/14


Aug 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana (41) reacts after the Atlanta Braves scored twice during the second inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Indians 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Santana Shows Off His Leather

Carlos Santana was back at it on Wednesday. Manning his now customary spot at third base for Leones del Escogido, he got the chance to flash his leather skills for a second night in a row. As you would expect, Nick Wheatley-Schaller was all over this, just as he has been each of the past two days. Below you can see two gifs of the same play from last night’s game featuring Santana making what looks to be a rather nimble play at the hot corner.

As you can see, Santana ranges to his left in order to get himself into a position to make the play. While he failed to get completely in front of the ball, Santana does show a very soft set of hands by fielding the ball cleanly on a short hop. That’s not an easy play and one that even the most seasoned of third basemen is likely to muff every now and again. The fact that Santana was able to make in in limited duty thus far is an encouraging sign for the Indians. Santana is at least showing that he has some agility at the hot corner and an ability to make the plays that need to be made.