Anthony Santander
Anthony Santander
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Baltimore Orioles
Out
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Santander didn't see significant time in the majors until June, but he ended up starting 92 games and posting a .773 OPS with 20 home runs for the Orioles. The juiced ball did not discriminate. His real-life value was dinged considerably by a low 4.7 BB%, and that number was close to what he showed at Triple-A, so there may be limited room for improvement there. Santander is a subpar defender and split his time fairly evenly between all three outfield spots. A Rule 5 pick in 2017, Santander debuted before he was ready, so keep that in mind when considering his pre-2019 numbers. The raw power is there for Santander to be relevant across the fantasy landscape, but he will need to make enough contact for that power to play, and a K-rate pushing 30% in September is reason for pause. This will be his age-25 season and he should have every chance to lock down a starting role in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Officially out for season
OFBaltimore Orioles
Oblique
September 12, 2020
Santander (oblique) will miss the remainder of the season, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Santander was expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season after sustaining an oblique injury earlier in the month. Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed the timetable Saturday, but he said that he's expected to be ready for spring training in 2021.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
27
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .753 205 24 11 34 1 .246 .293 .461
Since 2018vs Right .771 473 54 21 63 1 .253 .294 .476
2020vs Left .652 32 5 2 4 0 .167 .219 .433
2020vs Right .948 133 19 9 28 0 .285 .338 .610
2019vs Left .810 145 18 9 28 1 .272 .310 .500
2019vs Right .753 260 28 11 31 0 .254 .290 .463
2018vs Left .566 28 1 0 2 0 .200 .286 .280
2018vs Right .540 80 7 1 4 1 .197 .238 .303
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .794 359 41 18 46 1 .260 .309 .485
Since 2018Away .733 319 37 14 51 1 .240 .277 .457
2020Home .916 98 13 8 15 0 .256 .316 .600
2020Away .853 67 11 3 17 0 .270 .313 .540
2019Home .812 208 24 10 29 1 .278 .322 .490
2019Away .733 197 22 10 30 0 .242 .270 .462
2018Home .505 53 4 0 2 0 .200 .245 .260
2018Away .588 55 4 1 4 1 .196 .255 .333
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Santander compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
15.2%
 
BABIP
.248
 
ISO
.314
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.575
 
OPS
.890
 
wOBA
.376
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.9%
 
Barrels/PA
8.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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An elbow injury in 2017 prevented Santander from spending the required amount of time on the active roster for a Rule 5 pick, so the Orioles were forced to keep him in the big leagues to start the 2018 campaign or send him back to Cleveland. Baltimore chose the former path, keeping him in the majors until mid-May. He was then sent to the minors for the rest of the season, spending the bulk of the year at Double-A, the level he likely would have been at had his career proceeded normally as he'd topped out at High-A in Cleveland's system. His numbers weren't particularly promising with Double-A Bowie, as he hit just .258/.293/.402 in 54 games. Santander projected as an average hitter for both contact and power, a profile which will likely see him back in the big leagues on merit at some point, but which may not be enough for a starting job at first base or left field.
While most teams pour resources into the international market, the Orioles largely ignore it and instead pour their resources into the Rule 5 draft each year. Santander was their big score in 2016. They stole him away from the Indians, but a strained elbow ligament limited him to just 46 days on the active roster last season, so he will need to be in the majors for 44 days in 2018 before he can be sent to Double-A or Triple-A to continue his development. He profiles as a bat-first left fielder, who could hit for a fairly high average while offering 20-plus homer power. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was able to get his first experience at Double-A last year on a rehab assignment, and was extremely successful in that 15-game sample. According to Baseball America, he draws Victor Martinez comps, and like Martinez, he may end up as a designated hitter at some point if his bat ends up being as good as some think.
A switch-hitting outfielder, Santander has been brought along slowly since being signed as a teenager out of Venezuela in 2011. The corner outfielder had his best season in the minors in 2016, slashing .290/.368/.494 with 20 home runs, 95 RBI and 10 steals in 128 games for High-A Lynchburg. He was third in the Carolina League in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. The double-digit stolen base number makes Santander a particularly intriguing prospect, though it is worth noting he only had 18 steals combined in the previous four seasons. Still, his power stroke seems to have arrived, and his average has not dipped below .280 between Low-A and High-A thus far. That success led the Orioles to select him in the Rule 5 draft, which complicates matters. He will have to remain on Baltimore's active roster all season for them to retain his rights, which could mean he will be stashed on the bench for much of the year, as he is likely to be severely overmatched against big league pitching.
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Could miss remainder of season
OFBaltimore Orioles
Oblique
September 5, 2020
Santander was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain Saturday.
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Sitting with oblique issue
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 4, 2020
Santander won't start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader while dealing with an oblique issue, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Drives in three
OFBaltimore Orioles
September 1, 2020
Santander went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Mets.
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Two doubles in win
OFBaltimore Orioles
August 31, 2020
Santander went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in the 4-3 win over Toronto on Monday.
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Launches clutch homer
OFBaltimore Orioles
August 22, 2020
Santander went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer against the Red Sox on Saturday.
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