Dodgers select third baseman Santana in second round of draft

June, 7, 2011
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The Dodgers selected 6-foot-4, 200-pound third baseman Alex Santana from Mariner HS in Florida in the second round of the MLB amateur draft. He is the son of former major-league infielder Rafael Santana, who hit 13 career home runs but listed at 6-1, 165.

Here's a profile of the new draftee from Annabelle Tometich of the Fort Myers (Fla.) News Press:
Speaking on a static-riddled cellphone from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, fresh from a workout with the Seattle Mariners and on his way to another workout with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mariner High senior Alex Santana found a few minutes for an interview.

The Triton baseball player knows a thing or two about timing.

After what Santana called a so-so high school season (he only hit a team-best .402 with four home runs and 29 RBI), the 6-foot-4, 200-pound third baseman launched a grand slam to dig his team out of a three-run deficit at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association's All-Star Baseball Classic championship game in Sebring last weekend.

The four-run shot, which glanced off the roof of a building behind left-center field, capped off Santana's 3-for-4 performance the day before. He was named the Classic's MVP.

"I'm not the guy who's going to hit a ton of home runs, but when I connect I'd say they go a ways," Santana said.

"I could see it on some of the scouts' faces. It further proved my point, that I can perform with the best in the nation."

He hopes major league teams agree. ...


Santana would reportedly play at Florida Atlantic if he doesn't sign with the Dodgers.

Santana has also pitched, as this Perfect Game profile notes:
Excellent athletic build, loose and strong. 6.97 runner, easy defensive actions, very good arm strength, throws carry, soft hands. Tall stance, easy low effort swing, very good extension, drives through the ball, good leverage at contact, can hit it hard to the opposite field, could be more aggressive. Also pitched, may have higher ceiling as RHP. Steady 88-89 mph fastball, have seen 91 mph in the past, smooth and easy arm action, good run/sink on fastball, repeats delivery very well, curveball flashed hard spin and bite, very good depth. Must be followed both ways. Good student, signed with Florida Atlantic.

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