SANTANA, DOMINGO

Position: Outfield

DOB: August 5, 1992

Height: 6’5″ / Weight: 220

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Astros (July 30, 2015)

Profile: Acquired by Milwaukee along with fellow outfielder Brett Phillips and pitchers Josh Hader and Adrian Houser in a July 2015 trade that sent outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers to the Houston Astros, Santana was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies out of the Dominican Republic as a free agent in 2009. After seeing time in the Gulf Coast League after signing, Santana split 2010 between Williamsport and Lakewood and opened 2011 back at Lakewood before being dealt to Houston as part of a deadline deal for outfielder Hunter Pence. He spent 2012 at High-A Lancaster, 2013 at Double-A Corpus Christi and 2014 at Triple-A Oklahoma City, earning his first call to the big leagues in July of 2014. Santana split time between Houston and Triple-A Fresno prior to the trade to Milwaukee in 2015, then spent 20 games with Colorado Springs before joining the Brewers. He opened 2016 with the Brewers, but a shoulder injury limited him to just 77 games. Big and strong with impressive raw power, Santana can slug to all fields, accumulating 21 doubles and 19 home runs over his first 135 major league games. Strikeouts and injuries have been a concern for Santana, but when healthy he has the potential to change games with one swing of the bat. Surprisingly athletic for his size, Santana has seen action in center field in the past but given his build and a very strong throwing arm, Santana is ideally suited for right field.

2009: After signing with the Phillies in May of 2009, Santana made his was stateside and got his first taste of pro ball in the Gulf Coast League at the age of 16. In 37 games, he hit .288, clubbing six home runs and driving in 28.

2010: The Phillies wanted to give Santana more live at-bats during game action and gave him an aggressive placement to open 2010, starting him off at Single-A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League. After struggling through 49 games there, he was sent down to join Williamsport in the New York-Penn League when they opened up play in June. He had better luck there, raising his average to .237 with five home runs in 54 games.

2011: Santana returned to Lakewood to begin 2011 and enjoyed his second stint in the South Atlantic League a bit more, batting .269 with 29 doubles, four triples and seven home runs in 96 games. He was traded in mid-August to Houston as the player to be named later in an earlier trade for outfielder Hunter Pence and wound up finishing out the year with the Astros Low-A affiliate.

2012: Moving up to High-A Lancaster in 2012, Santana found the hitting conditions in the California League to his liking. In 119 games with the JetHawks, he hit .302/.385/.536 while mashing 23 home runs to go along with 26 doubles and six triples. He stole seven bases and scored 87 runs while driving in 97.

2013: The Astros moved Santana up to Double-A Corpus Christi in 2013 and though his average dipped to .252, his power numbers remained steady. In 112 Texas League contests, Santana collected 23 doubles while belting a career-high 25 home runs for the Hooks.

2014: Showing steady improvements at each level, Houston promoted Santana to Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014 and in 120 games there, he posted an OPS of .858 with 16 dingers, earning a spot in the Futures Game in Minnesota. He also earned his first call to the big leagues, getting a cup of coffee with the Astros in July before returning to Oklahoma City.

2015: Santana returned to Triple-A in 2015, appearing in 75 games with Houston’s new Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, while once again getting a brief stint in the big leagues with the Astros as well. He was traded to Milwaukee at the trade deadline and joined Triple-A Colorado Springs, hitting .380 over 20 games with the Sky Sox and earning a promotion to Milwaukee where he finished out the year.

2016: Penciled in as the Brewers right fielder to start the 2016 season, Santana was slowed by a nagging shoulder injury and appeared in just 77 games for the Brewers, hitting .256 with 11 home runs. He spent short rehab stints with Colorado Springs, Biloxi and Wisconsin and there was talk of shutting him down for the remainder of the season following a setback in his rehab, but he managed to bounce back and finish out the year with Milwaukee, collecting 29 hits and seven home runs over his final 24 games.