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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / LAA
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Ervin Santana didn't factor into the decision Thursday after holding the Indians to one run and four hits in six innings.
Santana wasn't very efficient in this one, throwing 114 pitches in his six innings. Still, he was quite successful once again, this time while facing a significantly tougher opponent than he did his first three times out (he previously drew the Royals and the White Sox twice). He's allowed just two runs over 28 innings in his four starts. Apr 20 - 5:49 PM

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Ervin Santana fired a one-hit, complete game shutout against the White Sox on Saturday.

He allowed a single to Omar Narvaez in the third inning and a walk to Avisail Garcia in the fourth. Other than that he was perfect. It was the first shutout in the majors this season. He struck out eight batters in the masterpiece and moves to 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA after three starts. He has 15 strikeouts while allowing five hits and five walks in 22 innings of work. He flew under the radar in drafts this spring despite putting up a 3.38 ERA last year.
Apr 15 - 6:22 PM

Ervin Santana worked six shutout innings Sunday in the Twins' 4-1 victory over the White Sox.

Santana was terrific in the Twins' season-opening victory over the Royals on Monday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out three, and he looked even better Sunday on the south side of Chicago. The division-rival White Sox managed just two hits and two walks against him and Santana finished the afternoon with four strikeouts. He'll bring a 2-0 record and 0.69 ERA into his next scheduled start at home against this same White Sox team.
Apr 9 - 6:48 PM

Ervin Santana held the Royals to one run over seven innings as the Twins earned a 7-1 season-opening victory Monday at Target Field.

Santana gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the top of the fourth inning but mostly looked in control throughout the afternoon, yielding just one other hit. He walked two and struck out three while inducing seven groundouts. Santana was one of the few bright spots on the Twins' roster last season, delivering a 3.38 ERA over 181 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep it all working in his second start of 2017, this weekend against the White Sox.
Apr 3 - 8:02 PM

Ervin Santana has been announced as the Twins' Opening Day starter.

As expected. Santana will get the ball at home against Kansas City on April 3. He'll be followed in the rotation by Hector Santiago and Kyle Gibson. Last year Santana was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Twins, contributing a 3.38 ERA over 30 starts.
Mar 28 - 2:47 PM

Ervin Santana was dominant in Friday's Grapefruit League start against the Orioles, racking up six strikeouts while not allowing an earned run over four innings.

The right-hander allowed just an unearned run on four hits and a pair of walks on the night. He looks to be in mid-season form already and is expected to take the ball on Opening Day for the Twins.
Mar 24 - 10:21 PM

Ervin Santana is joining Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Santana had thrown five scoreless innings over two Grapefruit League starts. He left Twins camp on Monday morning and hopped a flight to San Diego.
Mar 13 - 11:36 AM

Ervin Santana pitched four innings of two-run ball Thursday as the Twins beat Colombia 10-7 in an exhibition game.

This one won't count in Santana's spring starts, so his perfect ERA through five innings remains intact. Including this one, he's allowed 11 hits, walked two and struck out six in nine innings.
Mar 9 - 4:40 PM

Ervin Santana allowed five hits and a walk but held the Blue Jays scoreless for three innings in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

Santana is expected to start for the Twins on Opening Day. He was dependable last year, registering a 3.38 ERA with 149 strikeouts in 181 1/3 innings. He notched a 7-11 record in 30 starts.
Mar 4 - 4:38 PM

Ervin Santana threw a pair of scoreless innings and struck out two Monday against the Marlins.

Santana would have made the cut for the Dominican Republic's rotation in the WBC, but he's chosen to skip the tournament. He's slated to be the Twins' Opening Day starter.
Feb 27 - 4:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that some teams have asked the Twins about Ervin Santana.

The rebuilding Twins are willing to trade him for the right return, not surprisingly. It's unclear which teams have asked about Santana, but he would make sense for a host of clubs looking for a veteran innings-eater. The right posted a 3.30 ERA over 30 starts in 2016 and is owed a reasonable $27 million through 2018 with a $14 million option for 2019 (or $1 million buyout).
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Ervin Santana held the Royals to two runs in five innings but had to settle for a no-decision on Wednesday.

Both runs were plated via a third inning home run off the bat of Eric Hosmer. Santana whiffed three batters and walked one while allowing four hits. He has been one of the few bright spots on a bad Twins squad. He ends the season with a 7-11 record and 3.38 ERA in 30 starts. The Twins have him locked up for at least two more years.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:50:00 PM

Ervin Santana was up-and-down in Thursday's loss to the Tigers, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings.

Santana did strike out eight, but he also walked four. The Tigers burned him for a pair of runs in the second inning and another pair in the sixth. For the season as a whole, the 33-year-old right-hander has pitched to a very respectable 3.37 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 29 starts. His final outing of the campaign will come in a road date with the Royals next Wednesday.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Ervin Santana threw a near-spotless seven innings Saturday, striking out nine while allowing four hits, but he settled for a no-decision against the Mets.

The perils of pitching for an awful team. Santana was spectacular, allowing the Mets only three singles and a double while walking two, but his offense only mustered one run of support and his bullpen promptly gave the lead away after Santana exited. That doesn't take away from the 33-year-old's brilliance, and he's now got a 3.38 ERA through 28 starts overall. Santana will seek a better fate Friday against the Mariners.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:36:00 AM

Ervin Santana yielded only one run but lasted just five innings in taking a no-decision Monday versus the Tigers.

Santana gave up only three hits, but he walked a pair and hit a batter as the Tigers got his pitch count up to 95 after five frames. The veteran right-hander hasn't been great over his last four outings after a terrific 11-start run, but he's really only had one clunker. He'll get the Mets on the road on Saturday.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Chris Gimenez
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Glen Perkins
4Michael Tonkin
5Tyler Duffey
6Taylor Rogers
7Craig Breslow
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Matt Belisle
10Justin Haley
11Nick Tepesch
12Trevor May