Report: Indians calling up stud catching prospect Carlos Santana


Nothing is official yet but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the Indians will call up 24-year-old catcher Carlos Santana before tonight’s game against the Nationals, which is somewhat surprising given that the team indicated just last week they weren’t close to promoting him.
Acquired from the Dodgers in the mid-2008 trade for Casey Blake, he’s emerged as arguably the best of the MLB-ready prospects not already called up this month. A switch-hitter with power and patience, Santana has batted .307/.440/.568 with 12 homers and more walks than strikeouts in 56 games at Triple-A.
His arrival could mean a demotion to Triple-A for Lou Marson given that the Indians would likely want to keep veteran Mike Redmond around in a backup role. For a lot more about Santana’s considerable upside offensively, check out Matthew’s write-up from earlier this week.

Johan Camargo will start season on disabled list

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Braves third baseman Johan Camargo will begin the regular season on the disabled list with a strained side and back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Camargo suffered the injury last week in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays and hasn’t played since.

With Camargo out, Rio Ruiz will likely play third base in his place, as well Charlie Culberson and Danny Santana. O’Brien notes that had Camargo not been injured, the Braves likely would’ve left Ruiz off the roster in favor of an extra outfielder or third catcher.

Camargo had a solid rookie season for the Braves in 2017, batting .299/.331/.452 across 82 games. Ruiz did not fare as well, batting .193/.283/.307 in 53 games.