Via Frankie Piliere and Josh Norris, Ravel Santana played center field in his spring debut today and was moving pretty well. He was scheduled to play three innings in the field. The 19-year-old prospect is coming back from two fractures and torn ligaments in his ankle after catching a spike sliding into second base during a stolen base attempt last August. Needless to say, it was a significant injury.
Santana hit .296/.361/.568 with nine homers and ten steals in 185 plate appearances for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees last summer, and was named the second best prospect in the circuit by Baseball America after the season. I ranked him as the tenth best prospect in the system last month, though Kevin Goldstein and Baseball America had him sixth and seventh, respectively. Santana is expected to start the season in Extended Spring Training before joining Short Season Staten Island in June.