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Backstops to the future

Indians' Santana, Nationals' Norris among top catching prospects to watch

Updated: August 19, 2009, 1:08 PM ET
By Jason Grey | ESPN.com
Buster Posey gets a lot of hype as the best catching prospect in the minor leagues, and deservedly so. However, Carlos Santana and Derek Norris are a couple of other backstops with offensive potential who bear close watching in the future.

Carlos Santana, C, Indians: Originally a third baseman/outfielder when he was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2004, the 23-year-old Santana converted to catching after the 2006 season, and had his breakout season last year, hitting .326 with 21 homers and 89 walks against 85 strikeouts, mostly in Class A. Promoted to Double-A this year, he's picked up right where he left off, batting .290 with 20 homers and 75 walks against 72 strikeouts for a .952 OPS.


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