Oklahoma City RedHawks: Domingo Santana might be a steal for Astros

The RedHawks outfielder has 12 home runs and 47 RBIs. He’s been selected to play in the MLB All-Star Futures Game.
by Jacob Unruh Published: June 26, 2014
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Oklahoma City RedHawks outfielder Domingo Santana has all of the tools to be a big-time Major League Baseball player.

He’s got the frame at 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds.

He’s got the power with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs this season.

Santana’s also got the prospect label after rising through the Houston Astros system following the 2011 trade with the Philadelphia Phillies that keeps on giving to the Astros.

“There should be some expectations when the guy’s got a pretty good package,” RedHawks hitting coach Leon Roberts said. “He’s young; he’s playing at a high level at a young age.”

Just three years later that trade already looks like a complete steal for the Astros, who landed current MLB players Jon Singleton, Josh Zeid and Jarred Cosart in the deal for Hunter Pence.

It just might be the player who was named later who becomes the steal.

“When they traded me, I was just starting my career,” Santana said. “After that, it just makes me feel like I have new beginning again. I can start over from zero and do it right.”

Santana was reportedly not supposed to be on the list of players available from the Phillies. For his part, he denies any knowledge of that.

Instead, he’s focused on his quick rise to Triple-A at just 21 years old.

He was added to the Astros’ 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Earlier this week, Santana was also selected for the MLB All-Star Futures Game.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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