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.
Carlos Santana hasn’t exactly been on fire in his last 162 matches:
.206 Batting Average
.309 On-Base Percentage
.309 (not a typo) slugging percentage
21 doubles, 0 triples, 13 homers
87 walks, 99 strikeouts
53R / 58 RBI
His ability to walk is his saving grace.
— High Heat Stats (@HighHeatStats) June 27, 2022
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.