Carlos Santana helps lead Indians to AL Central Title

The Guitar is now 30 years old and has hit 151 home runs while walking over six hundred times.

In 2016 the Indians decided to take advantage of his patience and moved him to the lead off spot.  Santana started 85 games from the leadoff spot and rewarded the Indians with a .385 OBP in those 85 games, and a .886 OPS.  This was the first time he had ever hit lead off in his major league career.

His combination of patience and power has always set him a tad apart from his contemporaries, and as this play index shows, his skill set is usually reserved for the elite.

Only thirteen players this century have hit at least 150 home runs and walked over six hundred times by the age of 30.

Player HR BB OPS Age Years
Albert Pujols 408 914 1.050 21-30 2001-2010
Lance Berkman 221 678 0.990 24-30 2000-2006
Alex Rodriguez 316 610 0.985 24-30 2000-2006
Miguel Cabrera 365 799 0.967 20-30 2003-2013
Joey Votto 163 611 0.950 23-30 2007-2014
Mark Teixeira 275 616 0.913 23-30 2003-2010
Prince Fielder 288 751 0.910 21-30 2005-2014
Adam Dunn 354 990 0.902 21-30 2001-2010
David Wright 222 671 0.888 21-30 2004-2013
Troy Glaus 247 615 0.882 23-30 2000-2007
Andrew McCutchen 175 612 0.869 22-29 2009-2016
Pat Burrell 218 683 0.849 23-30 2000-2007
Carlos Santana 151 638 0.809 24-30 2010-2016

He’s clearly the worst hitter of this group, but he made the club. He and Lance Berkman are the only two switch-hitters in the group.

Carlos was primarily a DH this year after playing 406 games at 1st, 330 games at catcher, 26 at 3rd, and one in LF over the course of his fine career.

Carlos has been an Indian so long now that he is in the top five of just about every Indian offensive category this century.

  • 2nd in home runs (151)
  • 3rd in runs scored (483)
  • 5th in doubles (199)
  • 3rd in RBI (508)
  • 1st in walks (638)
  • 4th in bWAR at 21.2
  • 4th in OPS+ (122) minimum 1500 Plate Appearances

His bat will play at DH just fine thank you.

 

 

 

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