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Indians | Carlos Santana improving defensively

The Cleveland Indians believe C Carlos Santana has improved his defensive skills considerably behind the plate. "He's had a hot start offensively," said bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. "I think he's still working behind the plate. I mean, he's still further ahead offensively than defensively, but he's doing the job, and he's taking more pride in his defense." Santana threw out only 25.4 percent of attempted base stealers last year, which ranked in the middle of the pack in the American League, and he led the AL in passed balls with 10. However, Santana has done a better job communicating with the club's pitchers so far this year.

Fantasy Tip: Fortunately for Santana's fantasy owners, his defense won't play a part in your decisions. However, the more he improves behind the dish, the more reason the Tribe will have to continue running him out behind the plate instead of at first base or designated hitter.

2013-04-25 11:17:01 | Source: MLB.com - Jordan Bastian

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