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Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 2:04 pm
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By Evan Brunell

SantanaThe Astros announced on Monday that Domingo Santana was chosen as the player to be named in the Hunter Pence deal, closing the books on the blockbuster trade that saw Philadelphia fix its right-field hole with the adding of Pence.

The completed deal saw Pence head to the Phillies in exchange for Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, Josh Zeid and Santana, continuing Houston's trend of going after players in the lower level, as any chance of Houston contending will rest on players in the low minors. Santana, who was selected over one other unknown player as the player to be named later, is a strong addition as he was ranked No. 9 in the Phillies' system by Baseball America in the offseason. Santana has drawn Vladimir Guerrero comparisons, but he still has to develop quite a ways to reach those lofty expectations.

Santana was signed to a contract as an international free agent in 2008, when he inked for $330,000 and performed well down the stretch for the rookie club. In 2010, however, Santana stumbled in low-Class A, as well as in Class A following a promotion. Repeating Class A in 2011, the 19-year-old has come through with a .269/.345/.434 mark. For someone so young to be holding his own in Class A with the potential he has, it's a promising step forward and will give Houston another projectable, raw bat in the system to do damage with.

All told, the Astros walked away with the No. 2 (Singleton), 4 (Cosart) and 9th best prospects in the Phillies system according to Baseball America, as well as Zeid, who was ranked as having the best slider in Philadelphia's system and could blossom as a solid reliever.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:57 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

Pence is going to be fantastic for the Phillies for years to come.Picher's will no longer be able to pitch around him & Pence will be good for 35-40HR's every year.

He could have done the same thing in Fenway Park.Boston is sticking with the rookie, Reddick, & they will regret not going after Pence.I still think we are looking at a Boston/Philadelphia WS, but the Pence pick-up put the Phils over the top.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

Exterxdave, You hit the nail on the head. I was shocked that the Braves gave up so little considering they really needed Bourn for their lineup. Not one top prospect for a Gold-Glove leadoff hitter batting .300, Hummmmmmm, I think the Braves cried foul, and Ed buckled under pressure and threw them a bone.



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

Getting rid of Ed Wade was the best thing the Phillies ever did. The Phillies are now one of the elite teams in baseball with no help from Ed Wade. He needs to retire his lighting in the bottle GM style doesn't work!




Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

The deal was well worth it! Pence is a five tool guy and plays good defense. The Phillies have been on a tear since he joined and they look good for another run at the World Series.




Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Astros complete Pence deal, acquire Santana

Too bad they didn't do as well with the Bourn deal-apparently Ed Wade only knows how to deal with his ex-subordinate.


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