The Astros have called up yet another interesting prospect.
Fowler is batting .270 with six home runs, six stolen bases and 43 runs scored.
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By John Halpin
The Astros have placed OF Dexter Fowleron the DL with an oblique strain; the move is retroactive to June 27, so Fowler could be back as soon as next weekend. What's a team to do in a situation like this? If you're the Astros, you reach down to the minors to call up one of an endless supply of prospects.
Domingo Santanais expected to play every day in left field while Fowler is out (he batted eighth last night). The 21-year-old Santana was batting .305 with 13 home runs, five stolen bases and an .885 OPS before his promotion. Santana is huge - 6'5", 230 pounds - and had an impressive 40 walks along with a putrid 99 strikeouts in 319 plate appearances. He'll probably hit a decent number of home runs and strike out a ton, leading to a low BA.
Santana can certainly be grabbed in AL-only leagues, and you might want to try him in deeper mixed formats as well. However, if he doesn't hit right away, he could end up back in the minors when Fowler returns. Per the Houston Chronicle: "General manager Jeff Luhnow said recently that Santana could use more polish before arriving in the majors, but Fowler's injury created a need and the Astros didn't want to bring Robbie Grossmanback so soon after demoting him."
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Dud: Nobody was a disaster, but James Shieldsallowed four earned runs, nine hits and a couple of walks over five innings.
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