What's wrong with Carlos Santana?
Updated: June 14, 2011, 2:32 PM ETBy Jason Grey
Patience hasn't exactly been a virtue for Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana this season. Santana was expected to be among the top offensive catchers in baseball entering 2011 after an impressive 46-game stint last year that was cut short by a season-ending knee injury. That hasn't exactly been the case, but it's not because he has been a free swinger.
The 25-year-old Santana, who drew more walks than strikeouts in six minor league seasons and has carried that trend to the majors, actually leads the big leagues in pitches per plate appearance (4.42). So his lowly .218 batting average and mediocre .726 OPS do not appear to be tied to selectivity at the plate.
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