A few Texas Rangers have bought themselves more time
By Travis Koch
Danny Santana has been absolutely phenomenal this season. It seems like he records multiple hits every night. In 282 at-bats, his batting average is approaching .330. In the month of July, he hit .378 with 7 home runs, a .400 OBP and a 1.156 OPS. If he maintains anything close to his current pace, he’ll be guaranteed a starting spot on opening day of 2020.
The only crutch to Santana’s stellar year is the concern that it’s a fluke. After posting impressive numbers with the Minnesota Twins as a rookie in 2014, he essentially had no major league impact in the following four seasons. In fact, he combined to play in only 332 big league games from 2015 to 2018. That equates to 82 per season.
The optics are there, which should be enough for the Rangers to pencil him into the roster for next season. If Santana finishes the year strong, he’ll undoubtedly head into the offseason as a favorite to be a starter in the coming campaign.