Indians Midseason Report

Santana Rolls On





BEST PLAYER: Catcher Carlos Santana has lived up to his billing as the No. 1 prospect in the Indians organization and then some, mastering the top level in the minors early this season before making his Indians debut June 11.

Santana hit .316/.447/.597 in 196 at-bats with Triple-A Columbus. He has not disappointed since his callup either, batting .300/.438/.600 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 70 at-bats.
At both places he has shown a good eye at the plate, registering more walks than strikeouts.

The Indians have said Santana's bat is major league ready ever since prying him away from the Dodgers in the 2008 Casey Blake deal. It took the last year and a half for Santana, a native of the Dominican Republic, to shore up his catching skills, after he converted to the position following the 2006 season.

BIGGEST LEAP FORWARD: Third baseman Jerad Goedert found a way to flourish despite being stuck behind Indians first-round pick and third baseman-of-the-future Lonnie Chisenhall at Double-A Akron.

Goedert got his at-bats at DH when Chisenhall played third, then took over at the hot corner when Chisenhall missed time with a shoulder injury. He was hitting .325/.382/.540 in 163 at-bats before being promoted to Columbus—where he was hitting .317/.386/.713 in 101-at-bats.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: First baseman Beau Mills entered the season looking to shake off a so-so finish to 2009 after earning a promotion to Akron. But the 6-foot-3, 220-pound son of Astros manager Brad Mills has done little to help himself on or off the field this season with the Aeros.

On the field, the 2007 first-round pick was mired in a season-long slump, batting just .218/.295/.333 with five home runs in 225 at-bats. Off the field, the 23-year-old was involved in a bar fight and faces assault charges.

WIGWAM WISPS

• Chisenhall and low Class A Lake County catcher Chun Chen will represent the Indians at the Futures Game.

• The Indians traded veteran first baseman Russell Branyan to the Mariners for outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and shortstop Juan Diaz. Carrera, 22, was batting .268/.339/.515 at Triple-A Tacoma. Diaz, a 21-year-old switch-hitter, was hitting .295/.342/.429 at high Class A.