Report: Indians calling up stud catching prospect Carlos Santana

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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.

José Altuve records hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances

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Astros second baseman José Altuve recorded a hit in 10 consecutive plate appearances between Friday and Sunday against the Indians. If the Astros were still in the National League, that would tie a league record, but the AL and overall record is 12 consecutive hits, which was accomplished by the Tigers’ Walt Dropo on July 14 and 15 in 1952. Altuve’s 10 consecutive hits did set a new Astros record, however. The previous club record was eight, set by Altuve last season.

In his third plate appearance on Friday, Altuve grounded out to shortstop. Here were his next 10 trips to the dish:

  1. Two-run double
  2. Double
  3. Infield single
  4. Two-run home run
  5. Single
  6. Triple
  7. Single
  8. Infield single
  9. RBI double
  10. RBI single

This was hit No. 10:

In his final at-bat in the top of the ninth on Sunday, Altuve lined out to center field to end his streak. Teammate Josh Reddick, currently on the disabled list, was impressed with the streak:

After Sunday’s performance, Altuve is hitting .332/.378/.459 with three home runs, 28 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 239 plate appearances this season. His OPS was .760 after Thursday’s game and is now .837.