Dozier has high praise for rookie Santana

Dozier has high praise for rookie Santana

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