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Dozier has high praise for rookie Santana

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier is a big fan of new center fielder Danny Santana.

"Santana can really run," Dozier said. "He can do some things that I probably can't do. He's exciting, a big-time threat on the bases. He's fun to watch."

The second baseman even offered an All-Star comparison.

"He reminds me of a young Jose Reyes," Dozier said. "Lightning-fast hands. Can run and hit for power. He's gonna be pretty good."

Santana, rated the Twins' No. 10 prospect by MLB.com entering the year before he was called up as a shortstop on May 5, is the answer in center field right now while the Twins wait for Aaron Hicks to step up his game, Sam Fuld to recover from a concussion and top prospect Byron Buxton to make his way through the Minors.

"I like him," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't always have the final say, but I like him a lot."

The 23-year-old has started the past five games and owned a four-game hitting streak entering Wednesday. He also had yet to make an error in 21 outfield chances.

"I'm not worried about him like I was earlier," Gardenhire said. "Right now, this is where we need him at the most."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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