Stats raise major concerns for Carlos Santana and The Mariners

Carlos Santana #41 of the Kansas City Royals hits a single bobbles by Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Guardians during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on June 01, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Guardians beat the Royals 4-0.
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Seattle Mariners Just two prospects surrendered to the Kansas City Royals to acquire the experienced first baseman. Carlos Santana,

Once capable of making 100 walks and scoring over 30 home runs per year, it is now clear that Santana is declining as a hitter.

This should surprise no one: he is 36 years old and time flies for everyone.

But he may not be the slugger that the Mariners’ offense needs.

“Carlos Santana is not firing properly in his last 162 matches: .206 batting average; .309 base percentage; .309 (not a typo) slugging percentage; 21 doubles, 0 triples, 13 homers; 87 walks, 99 Strikeout; 53 r / 58 RBI. His ability to walk is his saving grace,” the High Heat Stats tweeted.


More production will be needed to replace Ty France

If the Mariners were looking for a temporary fill-up for injured star Ty France, even a minor leaguer had more upside than Santana.

For the Royals, it was a deal worth making: at 26-45, they won’t be contesting in 2022 and probably won’t miss Santana.

One has to wonder why the Mariners felt the need to make this deal.

A .309 slugging percentage is often associated with a light-hitting backup infielder, not a starting first baseman.

His running rate is clearly good, but since his average is so bad, Santana’s .309 OBP isn’t even an asset anymore.

Only time will tell if M has made the right move, but the numbers certainly aren’t pretty, especially his recent performance.

For the season, Santana has a .216/.349/.341 line with four homers and 21 RBIs.

He hasn’t slugged more than .400 since 2019, and last year needed 659 plate appearances to slug 19 homers.

It feels like a desperate move by a desperate franchise that is seeing its season slip by.

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