Daniel Ernesto Santana...wife, Johanny...daughter, Jazlin Daniella (10/25/13)...signed as 17-year-old from Monte Plata, Dominican Republic...is the youngest of four children, two brothers, Deivi and Danilo, and one sister, Rossy.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second consecutive season. Placed on 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain April 9...played three games on rehab assignment with Single-A Ft. Myers and reinstated April 25. Recorded season-high three hits four times: April 26 vs. Cleveland, April 27 vs. Cleveland, July 6 vs. Oakland and August 2 at Cleveland. Placed on 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain May 30...played three games on rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester and reinstated June 17. Placed on 15-day disabled list for final time with a left shoulder AC joint sprain August 28...transferred to 60-day disabled list September 6 and did not play again. Ranked third on the club in stolen bases (12). Hit .265 (49-for-185) with 12 extra-base hits as left-handed batter and .146 (7-for-48) with two extra-base hits as right-handed batter. Played 40 games (39 starts) in centerfield, 17 games (15 starts) in leftfield, six games (5 starts) in rightfield, three games (2 starts) at shortstop, three games (no starts) at second base and one game (1 start) at third base
Optioned to Triple-A Rochester from Twins spring training March 16...Hit .351 (13-for-37) with three doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored in final nine games for Red Wings April 20-May 1...Recalled from Triple-A Rochester May 3 as the Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the 7-day DL the previous day...Made major league debut May 5 at Cleveland as pinch runner; later recorded first major league hit, singling off Cody Allen...Recorded first career RBI May 7 vs. Cleveland; later in game hit first career double, off John Axford...Was final batter in Twins walk-off win May 27 vs. Texas, hitting the ball back to Joakim Soria, who bobbled the ball and committed the error allowing Eduardo Nunez to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth...Had first career four-hit game and season-high five RBI June 7 vs. Houston...Hit first career leadoff home run June 9 at Toronto off R.A. Dickey...Placed on the 15-day disabled list June 27 with a deep bone bruise in left knee, an injury suffered running the bases June 25 at Los AngelesAL; returned from rehab assignment and reinstated from the DL July 18...Hit second career leadoff home run July 31 at Kansas City off Yordano Ventura...Recorded five-hit game August 3 at Chicago-AL, becoming the fourth rookie in club history with five hits in a game, the previous being Zoilo Versalles (May 27, 1961 at Washington), Rod Carew (May 8, 1967 vs. Washington) and Tim Teufel (September 16, 1983 vs. Toronto)...Was one of five rookies in baseball with a five-hit game on the season...Recorded third four-hit game August 13 at Houston, his third leadoff four-hit game in just his 61st career game, the fastest for a leadoff hitter to three four-hit games since Ichiro Suzuki in his first 36 games of 2001; also fastest for a rookie in any spot in his order in their first 61 since Buster Posey had three four-hit games in his first 55 games of 2010...his 78 hits through those 61 games were the most by a Twin in his first 61 games since Kirby Puckett had 85 in 1984...Hit safely in season-high 10 straight games August 17-26, hitting .348 (16-for-46) with two doubles, three triples, one home run, six RBI and eight runs scored during the streak...Named AL co-Player of the Week with Trevor Plouffe for the period ending August 24th, the first of his career...led baseball in hits (14) and was tied for first in triples (2) and total bases (23); also tied for third in the league in runs scored (7) and was 10th in slugging percentage (.622)...Recorded 41 hits in August; paired with Kennys Vargas' 38, totaling 79, it was the second most in Twins history for two rookies in one month, trailing only Bernie Allen (44) and Rich Rollins (40), who combined for 84 in August of 1962...Hit .313 (41-for-131) with five doubles, four triples, three home runs, 14 RBI and 23 runs scored in 29 August games; tied with Victor Martinez (Detroit) for most hits in baseball during the month and third in runs scored...among all rookies in baseball in August, he ranked first in hits, tied for first in triples, second in runs scored, fifth in batting average and tied for sixth in RBI...Hit safely in 17 straight home games (with an at-bat) August 17-September 19, hitting .400 (32-for-80), the longest for a Twin since Marty Cordova in 1996...also the third-highest home hit-streak in baseball for the season (Denard Span, WAS - 22 and Michael Brantley, CLE - 19)...Hit .337 (31-for-92) with 10 doubles in 23 September games; 10 doubles led all rookies in baseball for the month and his batting average ranked second...Led all rookies in baseball post-All-Star break in runs scored (51), hits (85), doubles (17), second in triples (7), third in batting average (.314), and tied for fifth in RBI (24)...Recorded eight bunt hits, fourth most in the AL and tied for seventh most in baseball...Finished tied for third on Twins all-time rookie list in triples (7), tied for fourth in doubles (27) and tied for sixth in stolen bases (20)...129 hits were most for Twins rookie since 2001 (Luis Rivas - 150), 27 doubles most since 1995 (Marty Cordova - 27), 44 extra-base hits most since 1995 (Cordova - 55), seven triples most since 1979 (John Castino - 8), and 38 multi-hit games most since 2001 (Rivas - 38)...Hit .412 (54-for-131) in day games, the best in Twins history, best in baseball and highest since Barry Bonds hit .475 in day games in 2004...Hit .301 (37-for-123) against left-handed pitching and .326 (92-for-282) off right-handed pitching...hit .307 (61-for-199) at home and .330 (68-for-206) on the road, the highest among all rookies in baseball...Hit .333 (32-for-96) with runners in scoring position and .317 (13-for-41) with RISP and two outs...Played 69 games in centerfield (62 starts) and 34 games at shortstop (31 games); committed four errors in center and two at short...Given the Bill Boni Award for Twins Most Outstanding Rookie voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Participated in his first Twins major league spring training, was optioned March 11...spent season with Double-A New Britain...Hit first Double-A home run June 9 at Bowie...Hit over .300 in three different months - .339 (39-for-115) in 28 May games, .304 (31-for-102) in 25 July games and .319 (37-for-116) in 28 August games...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 23, hitting .429 (12-for-28) with one double, one home run, five RBI and four runs scored in seven games...Played 125 games at shortstop, committing 32 errors...Ranked third in the Eastern League and second among all Twins minor leaguers in stolen bases (30)...tied for second among Twins minor leaguers in triples (10)...Hit .323 (51-for-158) with 14 extra-base hits off left-handed pitching and .286 (109-for-381) with 20 extra-base hits off right-handers...Named Eastern League Postseason All-Star...Named utility player on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team...Named ninth best prospect and best defensive infielder in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2014.