Monday, April 14, 2014

Miguel Santana, Lead Off - 1387

Miguel Santana got a hit off a major leaguer, he just tried to stretch it too far, according to The Associated Press.

Playing for the single-A Vero Beach Dodgers in this May 1988 game, Santana lead off the game with a hit off rehabbing Ron Guidry. Instead of staying at first, Santana went for the double and got thrown out, The AP wrote.

Santana went on to make AA San Antonio later that year, but AA would be the highest he'd get. Santana never got to hit against a major league pitcher in the bigs.

Santana's career began in 1986, signed by the Dodgers out of his native Dominican Republic.

Santana started in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .256 in 44 games. He also stole 30 bases in those 44 games.

In 1987, Santana moved to single-A Bakersfield. He hit .247 there, with 33 stolen bases over 98 games.

Santana arrived at Vero Beach for 1988, getting 85 games there and 29 at AA San Antonio. For Vero Beach in April, Santana picked up a bunt single and scored. Between the two levels, he hit .282, with 66 stolen bases.

Santana started 1989 back at San Antonio. He then moved mid-season to the Expos and AA Jacksonville. He hit .215 in 76 games there. He then hit little better for Jacksonville in 1990, just .221. It was his final year as a pro.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,594
Made the Majors: 781 - 49.0%
Never Made Majors: 813-51.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 341
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 199

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