"I'm going to try to stay healthy," Santiesteban told TwinCitiesDugout.com on Wednesday night. "I'm going to go out there and play hard every day."
Last season, Santiesteban was with the Elizabethton Twins, earning a spot as the team's starting centerfielder. Although he batted only .250, he once again showed a great prowess at the plate, smacking six home runs in a little over 60 starts. If he can work on his patience at the plate, Santiesteban should hit closer to the .307 mark he put up in the Gulf Coast League in 2006.
This past off-season, Santiesteban was a gym rat, adding strength to his already elite physical frame. The work was something Santiesteban knew he needed if he was going to stay healthy for the grueling full-season slate of games he will have to play in 2007.
"I tried to gain some weight the off-season, because going into Spring Training you tend to lose some of it," Santiesteban told TCD. "The added weight should help me during the full season, and I also tried to talk to some Major Leaguers on the mental side of the game."
Santiesteban will be in the middle of a Beloit Snappers lineup that should bring fits to opposing Midwest League pitchers. He will join guys like Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson in the Beloit outfield, and it will be a lineup that will produce plenty of runs. In an organization built on pitching, this is a team that could be led by their bats.