Many questions remain about Santana, as with all prospects, and his ability to succeed at the MLB level. Most brought up is strikeouts, but less brought up is his ability to adjust at each level.
Currently Santana sits at his best K/BB rate since 2011, 26.6%/11.3%. What gets missed has been his ability to adjust at each level and to IMPROVE his K/BB% as the season goes on. Going back to 2012 in A+, we can see that he finished the year with a 28.2% K rate, and K/BB rate of 2.69. Splitting the season in half (April May June vs July August Sept.), we can see that his second half K rate improved to 26.95%, 2.38 K/BB ratio. The same thing occurred in 2013 in AA as his half splits were 32.26% vs 24.87% in the second half. His K/BB ratio also improved from 3.21 to 2.72.
So far this year Santana has improved his k% and K/BB ratio each month.
Period K% K/BB Ratio
Is this a product of good pitchers being called up? or Santana making adjustments?
It sems like all we hear about is his K rate, holes in his swing, will he make contact. I think a better questions is this, can he continue to make the proper adjustments this year as he appears to have made the last 2 years. If he can make those adjustments again, for the 3rd year in a row, it would seem to project well for his ability to make those same adjustments at the Major League level. Exiting to watch this second half, will he continue to improve?
Can we pencil him in for a July callup next year (how stupid is this statement since that is the obvious MO of org)
Fun Fact - Santana has exactly 5 PA again pitchers younger than him over the last 3 years. Mind Boggling.