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Hector Santiago | Starting Pitcher | #53

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Okaloosa-Walton (FL) CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 30 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Twins placed LHP Hector Santiago on the bereavement list.
Santiago lost his grandmother earlier this week. He'll be back in time for his next scheduled start. Apr 28 - 9:09 AM

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Hector Santiago pitched fairly well for five innings against the Rangers, allowing two runs on six hits in a game his team eventually lost.

He pitched well enough to win and left the game with a lead, but the Twins' bullpen utterly collapsed and the Rangers won in a landslide. Santiago was unscored upon through four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth, which was his final inning of work. He issued four walks and struck out six batters, both of which led to an elevated pitch count and an early exit. His record holds at 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.
Apr 27 - 12:52 AM

Hector Santiago is expected to be placed on the bereavement list following his start Wednesday against the Rangers.

He's leaving the team so he can attend his grandmother's funeral. The Twins will announce a corresponding move on Thursday. Santiago should be able to make his next turn in the starting rotation.
Apr 26 - 6:22 PM

Hector Santiago struck out six over 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball in Friday's win over the Tigers.

The veteran southpaw allowed seven hits and one walk in the ballgame. The Tigers scored a pair in the third inning and added a solo homer in the sixth by James McCann, but that was the extent of the damage against him. Now 2-1 on the season, Santiago will carry a stellar 2.19 ERA and 0.97 WHIP Wednesday's showdown against the Rangers in Texas.
Apr 21 - 11:22 PM

Hector Santiago turned in a gem in Sunday's no-decision against the White Sox, tossing seven innings of scoreless ball.

Santiago scattered six hits, struck out six and walked none on the afternoon. Of those six hits, only one went for extra bases. The 29-year-old southpaw threw an economical 95 pitches (69 strikes) in the stellar effort. Through his first three starts (covering 18 1/3 innings), Santiago holds a strong 1.47 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio. He will face off with the Tigers at home next time out as he looks to keep up the early trend.
Apr 16 - 7:33 PM

Hector Santiago took the loss Tuesday after giving up two runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Tigers.

The only damage was a two-run homer off the bat of James McCann in the fifth inning, but it was enough to put Santiago in line for the loss. The southpaw only notched one strikeout, but he held the Twins to just three hits and one walk. The 29-year-old holds a 2.38 ERA through his first two turns, but there’s limited appeal in mixed fantasy formats.
Apr 11 - 4:00 PM

Hector Santiago impressed in his 2017 debut, holding the Royals to one run on four hits over five innings in Wednesday’s victory.

He tallied four strikeouts while walking two. Santiago’s only rough patch came in the fourth inning when he allowed three hits including an RBI single by Paulo Orlando. His strikeout victims included Mike Moustakas (twice), Raul Mondesi and Orlando. 55 of the left-hander’s 88 pitches went for strikes. The left-hander will try to improve to 2-0 Tuesday against Detroit.
Apr 5 - 4:19 PM

Hector Santiago allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings as the Twins and Rays played to a 6-6 tie Thursday.

Santiago is still building his pitch count after working in long relief (8 2/3 innings in three appearances) for Puerto Rico in the WBC. He'll open up in the Twins' rotation, but he looks like a weak bet in AL-only leagues.
Mar 30 - 4:28 PM

Hector Santiago scattered four hits and two runs over four innings Saturday in the Twins’ Grapefruit League loss to the Orioles.

He racked up four strikeouts and only walked one. Santiago struggled with the long ball on Saturday, serving up solo blasts to J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop. The left-hander now holds an 8.22 ERA over three Grapefruit League outings. He also appeared in three games for Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 25 - 8:58 PM

Hector Santiago will not be available to pitch in Puerto Rico's showdown with the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final.

This is understandable enough, as Santiago put forth a Herculean effort in Monday's 11-inning semifinal win over the Netherlands. In that contest, the southpaw threw a whopping 63 pitches over 3 1/3 innings. Outside of Santiago, though, everybody else in the Puerto Rico bullpen will be available for Wednesday's grand finale.
Mar 22 - 5:26 PM

Hector Santiago drew the start and fired a scoreless first inning Wednesday in Puerto Rico’s loss to the Giants.

Santiago barely broke a sweat on Wednesday. He faced three hitters and retired them all. The left-hander entered Wednesday with a dismal 12.27 ERA in Grapefruit League play. If you’ve lost track of Santiago over the years, he plays for the Twins now.
Mar 8 - 7:42 PM

Hector Santiago bounced back from an ugly spring debut to strike out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the Nationals on Sunday.

Santiago gave up five runs in one-plus innings versus the Rays on Tuesday. The Twins have the option of cutting him if he turns in an awful spring, but while it would save some money, it's not their preference.
Mar 5 - 4:34 PM

Hector Santiago surrendered five runs and two homers in one-plus innings Tuesday against the Rays.

Santiago got through the first scoreless, but he couldn't get anyone out in the second. Some believed the Twins should have non-tendered Santiago in December rather than commit $8 million to him for 2017. It's not at all likely, but if he's a disaster this spring, the Twins could cut him and save three-quarters or his salary.
Feb 28 - 5:03 PM

Twins and LHP Hector Santiago avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8 million contract.

It's a $3 million raise from last year's salary in what is Santiago's final year of arbitration eligibility. The left-hander put up a disappointing 4.70 ERA across 33 starts last season for the Angels and Twins.
Jan 13 - 12:00 PM

Hector Santiago finished his season in style Saturday, hold the White Sox scoreless over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-0 Twins victory.

Santiago yielded just three singles while also walking three and striking out six in the win. It was a good way to head into the offseason for the 28-year-old, who finishes the 2016 campaign with a 13-10 record, 4.70 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 33 starts. Santiago has one more year of arbitration eligibility before becoming a free agent following the 2017 season.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:58:00 PM

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