Danny Santana Named IL Batter of the Week

Gwinnett utility-man hit .333 with 4 homers, 7 RBIs from May 21-27

Danny Santana hit four home runs over a six game stretch last week, earning the league's Batter of the Week honors. (Karl L. Moore / Gwinnett Stripers)

By Dave Lezotte / Gwinnett Stripers | May 28, 2018 10:20 AM

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Gwinnett Stripers outfielder/infielder Danny Santana has been named International League Batter of the Week for May 21-27, the league announced Monday.

Santana, 27, batted .333 (8-for-24) with two doubles, four home runs, seven runs scored and seven RBIs in six games during the week, leading the league in homers, total bases (22) and extra-base hits (T-1st, 6) and ranking second in slugging percentage (.917). He hit safely in all six games.

Santana's award-winning week was highlighted by homers in four of his six games played, including solo shots in both games of a doubleheader sweep of Durham on May 23 and a three-run clout to cap the Stripers' 7-3 win over Columbus on May 26.

Acquired by the Atlanta Braves via trade with the Minnesota Twins on May 8, 2017 and re-signed to a Minor League deal on December 21, 2017, Santana is batting .264 with 11 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 23 runs scored, 17 RBIs and five stolen bases in 34 games with Gwinnett this season. He currently ranks among IL leaders in triples (T-3rd), slugging percentage (6th, .514), extra-base hits (T-6th, 20), homers (T-9th) and total bases (T-9th, 72).

The Monte Plata, Dominican Republic native is the 16th player in Gwinnett club history to win the IL Batter of the Week award and the second this season, joining Dustin Peterson, who won for April 23-29.

Santana and the Gwinnett Stripers (21-27) wrap up a four-game series vs. the Columbus Clippers (23-25) on Monday night at Coolray Field, first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Dave Lezotte has the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM and 93.5 FM The Other Side of the River beginning at 5:35 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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