Astros Call Up Domingo Santana – Phillies Nation

Astros Call Up Domingo Santana

This is when we officially see how much of a failure the Hunter Pence trade really was.

Outfielder Domingo Santana, the player to be named later that may or may not have been intended to have been traded by the Phillies, has been added to the Houston Astros’ active roster. At just 21 years old, Santana is the youngest player on the Astros roster and among the youngest players in baseball. Santana hit .304/.383/.502 in the Pacific Coast League with 13 homers and five steals so far in 2014 and appears to have superstar written all over him.

With Santana reaching the Majors, all four players traded to Houston have reached the Majors in less than three years. While reliever Josh Zeid has been little more than a warm body for Houston, the other three players involved in the deal have been much more than that at an accelerated pace. Jarred Cosart has a 9-6 career record with a 2.96 ERA in 26 career starts while Jonathan Singleton became the first player ever to sign a $10 million or more contract before he reached the Majors earlier this season and has a slugging percentage comparable to Ryan Howard (.374 v. .410) despite hitting only .198 so far as a 22-year old.

There is the possibility that this is the best these four players will do but that possibility remains highly unlikely. At a time when the Phillies need starting pitching, Cosart is one of the better young pitchers in the American Leauge. At a time when the Phillies’ outfielders are sputtering, hitting .247/.300/.380, Santana was breaking records in the Pacific Coast League and is being infused into a suddenly exciting Astors line-up. And during a time when the Phillies first baseman leads MLB in strikeouts, Singleton is giving folks a reason to believe he may be a multiple-time future All-Star at age 22.

All four are now with the Astros and Pence is long gone.



  1. Keith L

    July 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I’m sure this trade will show up among the 10 worst next week…

  2. Scotty Ingerton

    July 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Let’s look at the bright side – at least we still have Tommy Joseph!

    • George

      July 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Joseph was considered by lots of baseball people to be a really good prospect, and neither he nor Ruben Amaro are to blame for all those concussions. Also, when you trade a player like Pence in the last few months of his contract, you can’t get as much as you have to give for the same player with nearly two years left.

      The first Pence deal was a poor move. The second was all anyone should have expected.

  3. Lefty

    July 1, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I prefer to look at the bigger picture. In the same article making this announcement, they say that Jonathan Villar (of the Oswalt trade) was optioned to triple A. That reminded me of the other two guys in the Oswalt trade that are not superstars- Anthony Gose and JA Happ. (although Happ is having a pretty good season this year)

    So, while many of the players traded to the the Astros during the years while the team was making deadline moves and going for the grand prize are starting to bear fruit, not all of them have turned into future stars.

    “Don’t look back, you can never look back”

    • Scotty Ingerton

      July 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

      That’s true, but Villar was never considered to have the upside of most of the others and Gose is still only 24 (by comparison, people still believe Ruf to be a prospect at 28).

    • George

      July 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I, too, prefer a bigger picture.

      I also get irritated with some PN writers who keep beating dead horses.

      • schmenkman

        July 1, 2014 at 11:09 am

        They dual tyranny of the column inch and the deadline.

      • Ian Riccaboni

        July 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

        The dead horse becomes an even bigger issue when its carcass begins to rot.

      • Chuck A.

        July 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        And when the carcass starts to rot it also starts to smell….. and this one really stinks!

        Sorry…I’m with Ian on this one. At a time when the Phillies are floundering and don’t really have much of a direction, something like this IS a big deal.

      • schmenkman

        July 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        I’ve always said the direction is clear, but YMMV, as they say.

  4. Jeff Orbach

    July 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I was more upset with the second Hunter Pence trade-It smelled of panic. If they had kept him after giving up so much for him they would not have had the outfield crisis they had in 2013 and now.

    If they truly believed that the aging “core” could still deliver, surrendering Hunter Pence underscores a lack of confidence in that belief. It’s the “schizofrenia” that makes me angriest.

    If you are going with the aging core strategy then go with it. If you go with a rebuilding strategy then go with it-But don’t go with both because it leaves us fans questioning whether there is a strategy at all!

    • schmenkman

      July 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Jeff, this will sound jerk-ish, but I suppose it’s of little consequence to me whether some fans are “questioning whether there is a strategy at all”.

      I think the strategy is to rebuild around the core pieces, and they’ve been doing that since July 2012, by not giving up draft picks, not trading key prospects, and not committing to long FA contracts.

      • George

        July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am

        Along these lines, one should see that trading Pence to SF went right along with this strategy of rebuilding around the core. Keeping Pence would have required a long term, expensive contract.

        The current outfield issues are not the product of this strategy, they are the product of prospects like Brown and youthful acquisitions like Revere who haven’t quite worked out.

  5. Double Trouble Del

    July 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I went back to the archives to retake the pulse of Phillies Nation on the day the first Pence deal was made. Corey Seidman, although noting the high cost in prospects, correctly stated that none was seen to be a contributor to any Phillies team until 2014 and the deal was a good one if not necessary. The idea was to win at the time and the team absolutely need a right handed bat to break up a left handed heavy line-up. Bitch about the second deal but please stop complaining about what was pretty much a universally lauded trade in 2011.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      July 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Maybe on “the day” that the trade was announced that was a common consensus, but I definitely remember a collective groan later on when the PTBNL was announced as Domingo Santana. And giving away so much for a player who was only here for a year seems strange in retrospect, but hey, maybe Tommy Joseph will be the next Johnny Bench (but that isn’t looking so good at the moment).

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