Yefry Santana, Outfielder
HT : 6'1
WT : 170
DOB : November 8, 1995 (20), San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : N/A
Acquired : Unknown
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked
There's very little known about this upcoming foreign prospect, but what is known is that many are intrigued by what he did in a small sample size. Yefry Santana is becoming the big question mark prospect for many, and for us, it's the same story.
Few have seen Santana play, a very select few. He only has seven professional games under his belt so finding anything on him is very challenging.
In a video, you can see Santana's swing in slow motion, and there's a lot to be desired but some needed tweaks. Before his swing is in motion, he plants his front foot properly, and then goes through the motions. His hips stay tight and move first with the torso following. He stays closed through his swing until the bat reaches the zone, where he uses his upper body for strength in the swing. There's quite a bit of upper cut, which comes with the torque, creating a slightly longer swing than desired. However, all the pieces are there to have a nice swing through the entire motion.
As for his speed and fielding, there's not much to note. The numbers suggest he has enough speed to cover the corner outfields and make good sense on the base paths to think about giving him the green light from time-to-time.
If the numbers don't lie, and what we've seen isn't just good video, there could be a very lethal weapon in the Angels farm system.
Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com
Santana only has seven professional games under his belt, but he made due with the small sample he provided. In 25 plate appearances, Santana collected nine hits (.429 batting average), with three walks (.480 on-base percentage) and three doubles, a triple and a home run (.810 slugging percentage). The sample size was very small, but Santana show cased his work early. In his final game of this past season, he fell a single short of the cycle in four plate appearances. This all came with only three strikeouts. Santana also flashed some speed qualities with a triple and two stolen bases - with just four singles and three walks.
How can you really tell? He'll enter 2016 as a 20-year-old, which would usually point towards heading stateside and into higher level rookie ball for most. However, his low amount of pitches seen would point in the direction of foreign rookie ball (DSL).
There's no telling what the ceiling may be for Santana moving forward. He could have just had a hot stretch against weak and younger pitching, or he could be the real deal. What can be said is he has a nice swing and the numbers support the cause.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.