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Santiago Casilla | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / OAK
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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that seven teams are showing interest in Santiago Casilla.
Casilla flamed out at the tail-end of his Giants career, but he still had a career-best strikeout rate in 2016 and might be one of the more underrated free agent relief options. The 36-year-old might have to settle for a setup job, however. Dec 5 - 7:27 PM

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Santiago Casilla expressed frustration after he wasn't used in the ninth inning in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Casilla lost his closer job late in the year and wasn't even called to warm up as five other relievers combined to give up four runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday. "Never," said Casilla, who was reportedly in tears at his locker after the game. "I’m a pitcher. I’m part of the bullpen. I know I have had some bad moments in September and during the season, but I have good numbers in the playoffs and I know I can pitch in that situation. I know I can pitch in the big leagues." Casilla, who blew nine saves during the regular season, was limited to just one appearance in the series. The 36-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter. It's fair to expect some changes in the backend of the bullpen for the Giants next season.
Oct 12 - 9:38 AM

Santiago Casilla took his eighth blown save after giving up a solo homer in the 10th Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Casilla gave up a homer to Jake Lamb in the one-run game. It's the fourth homer he's allowed in 10 appearances, matching his total from his first 47 appearances of the year. That's why he's not the Giants' sole closer any longer. Manager Bruce Bochy has more faith in Hunter Strickland and Sergio Romo right now.
Sep 10 - 3:35 AM

Santiago Casilla was removed from a save chance after giving up a homer and a single while getting one out Wednesday against the Rockies.

Manager Bruce Bochy just couldn't resist making another pitching change. He used eight relievers to pitch a total of 3 1/3 innings tonight. Casilla, making his fourth appearance in five days, entered a 5-3 game to start the ninth and gave up a homer to Nolan Arenado. A strikeout and a single followed, at which point he was replaced by Josh Osich. Osich hit the lone batter he faced. Joe Nathan then took over and surrendered back-to-back hits, giving the Rockies a 6-5 win. Bochy might yank Casilla from the closer's role after this, since he so clearly doesn't trust him anyway. If so, it'd likely be a committee replacing him. Given Bochy's recent tendencies, he might just want three pitchers a night working the ninth regardless.
Sep 8 - 12:30 AM

Santiago Casilla blew his sixth save of the season Sunday in the Giants' loss to the Orioles.

Casilla was asked to preserve a two-run lead and couldn't do it, serving up a single to Manny Machado, a walk to Mark Trumbo, and a go-ahead three-run homer to Jonathan Schoop. Casilla now has a 3.28 ERA on the year, though this was his first blown save in a month. His job is probably safe.
Aug 14 - 7:29 PM

Santiago Casilla only had to throw one pitch to earn his 27th save in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

He was called upon to put out a fire with two outs in the ninth inning. The Orioles had already scored two runs in the inning and still had runners on first and second with the score 6-2. Casilla got Adam Jones to ground into a fielder's choice on the first pitch to end the game. He has been solid all year and now has a 2.76 ERA with 55 punchouts in 45 2/3 innings.
Aug 14 - 12:39 AM

Santiago Casilla earned his 26th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

Casilla gave up a ground-rule double to Ichiro Suzuki but struck out two of the other three batters he faced to preserve the Giants' 1-0 lead. Casilla has been in a nice groove since late July and now owns a 2.78 ERA and 55/14 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings for the year.
Aug 10 - 3:23 PM

Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect 10th in a one-run game for his 25th save Thursday against the Phillies.

Casilla is 13-for-14 saving games over the last two months, and he hasn't allowed a homer since June 10. It's still possible the Giants could go in a different direction if he goes into another slump, but he hasn't hurt them lately.
Aug 4 - 4:57 PM

Santiago Casilla earned his 24th save of the season Sunday in the Giants' win over the Nationals.

Casilla struck out two of the three batters he faced in an 18-pitch frame. He has a 3.18 ERA and 48/14 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings this season for San Francisco.
Jul 31 - 7:37 PM

Santiago Casilla gave up two runs in the 10th inning without retiring a batter and balked in the winning run to take a loss to the Padres on Saturday.

Casilla was called upon to protect a 6-5 extra-inning lead but ended up with a loss. Alex Dickerson singled to lead off the inning. Derek Norris then singled and stole second. Adam Rosales drove home Dickerson with the tying run. Then Casilla was called for a walk-off balk to end the game. Casilla now has a 3.38 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 2/3 innings. The blown save was his fifth of the year. The closer job should remain his but with Sergio Romo back in action his leash has grown a little shorter.
Jul 17 - 1:04 AM

Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks to earn his 21st save.

Casilla gave up a one-out double to heighten the intensity, but he worked out of the spot with little consternation. Casilla now has 21 saves in 25 chances this year, including converting his last nine opportunities. He owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 44/12 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings this year.
Jul 9 - 8:10 PM

Santiago Casilla converted his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Rockies.

It was stress-free as Casilla protected a two-run lead, as he got Ryan Raburn to ground out and then Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley swinging. It seems silly that there's been any talk of Casilla losing his closer job this season, as he's been terrific with a 2.94 ERA and 44/12 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings.
Jul 4 - 7:41 PM

Santiago Casilla earned his 16th save with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Pirates.

Casilla's hold on the closer's role in San Francisco is looking quite a bit firmer after five straight scoreless appearances (four of which resulted in saves). He has a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings and far and away the best strikeout rate of his career (he's fanned 38 batters so far).
Jun 23 - 4:24 PM

Santiago Casilla allowed an infield single in the ninth inning but closed out the Pirates to earn his 15th save of the season on Wednesday.

Jordy Mercer led off the inning with the infield single. Jon Jaso followed with a fielder's choice to shortstop. Casilla then struck out Gregory Polanco while Jaso was caught stealing to end the game. Even though the Giants have some other good options, Casilla remains locked in as their closer due to his 2.67 ERA with 35 strikeouts and seven walks in 28 innings.
Jun 22 - 11:47 PM

Giants activated RHP Santiago Casilla from the paternity leave list.

Casilla missed the entire weekend series against the Rays to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He'll return to his ninth-inning duties while Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez will return to their setup roles.
Jun 19 - 5:48 PM