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Hector Santiago | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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Hector Santiago blanked the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Angels' 2-0 victory.
Santiago allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven in his fifth straight quality start. His peripherals aren't nearly as impressive as his 2.18 ERA, but something about his 89-93 mph fastball is getting him a lot of easy outs. May 30 - 1:38 AM

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Despite allowing just three runs in 6 2/3 innings, Hector Santiago was saddled with the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Santiago probably couldn't have foreseen Wade Miley pitching well, but these things happen sometimes. It's not that Santiago pitched poorly. He struck out six and walked just one while scattering seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. The suddenly-hot Napoli touched up Santiago in the second inning with a long two-run homer. Santiago also allowed a less loud run in the form of a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the fifth. The outing bumped his ERA slightly and he holds a 2.47 mark, as well as a 1.23 WHIP and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. Now that he's finished with the East Coast, he'll head back home for a start against the Tigers.
May 24 - 4:49 PM

Hector Santiago continued to pitch well as he picked up the win after holding the Blue Jays to two runs (one earned) in seven innings on Tuesday.

With Tuesday's outing, the lefty has allowed one earned run or fewer in six of eight starts this season. He allowed only four hits and three walks while punching out five. Santiago has a stellar 2.25 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 44/21 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. He'll finish up the Jays' road trip on Sunday against the Red Sox.
May 19 - 9:40 PM

Hector Santiago hurled six innings of one-run ball Wednesday and struck out eight in a no-decision against the Rockies.

The last time we blurbed Santiago, we suggested he was under-owned in mixed leagues and was, if nothing else, a solid streaming option off your bench. We recommended he be deployed in home matchups like this very one, at home against Colorado, and sure enough he baffled the Rockies. The 27-year-old didn't walk a batter for the first time all season, a good sign for a southpaw whose control can waver. Santiago (2.41 ERA) has a two-start week on deck, but he's a risky play in mixed formats because those outings come in Toronto and Boston.
May 14 - 1:30 AM

Hector Santiago surrendered a mere hit over 6 1/3 shutout innings in Thursday's no-decision to the Astros.

The only nitpick here is that Santiago walked four (striking out five). Santiago has been sensational thus far, going 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. The walks concern, though he's succeeded (to less of a degree) with this formula before (3.50 career ERA). The 27-year-old deserves to be owned in more mixed leagues, if as no more than a strong home start streaming option off your bench. On that note, he gets the Rockies at home next time around, an option to consider.
May 8 - 1:08 AM

Hector Santiago allowed four earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Giants.

San Francisco's offense got to him for two runs in the second inning and single runs in the fourth and fifth. Santiago gave up nine hits in all while walking two. He entered the afternoon with a 2.28 ERA and ended it with a 3.14 ERA. A date with the Astros is next.
May 2 - 6:47 PM

Hector Santiago surrendered two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Santiago hit Rougned Odor with the bases loaded to force in a run in the second inning, then gave up a sacrifice fly to Mitch Mooreland in the third. Those would be the only runs the Rangers would manage off Santiago. Impressive in its way, that he held them to just two runs, as Santiago walked six batters in the contest. It could have been much, much worse. It should be noted that Santiago had just six walks total coming into the game. His control isn't perfect, but it's not nearly as bad as it looked on Sunday. The southpaw now holds a 2.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP and has a road date with the defending champion Giants in his next start.
Apr 26 - 9:10 PM

Hector Santiago picked up the win, giving up one run over six innings, as the Angels routed the Athletics 14-1 on Tuesday.

The left-hander got way more run support than he actually needed, as he had little difficulty holding down the Athletics' often-troublesome offense. Santiago allowed only three hits and three walks while striking out eight. He allowed his only home run in the third inning when Billy Butler took him deep. Santiago stands with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 17/6 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. He'll match up against the Rangers at home next.
Apr 22 - 1:42 AM

Hector Santiago hurled seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Angels' 10-2 rout of the Rangers.

Santiago was handed a massive early lead and did his part to make it stick, yielding just four hits and two walks over his seven solid frames. He struck out five batters and now owns a 1-1 record, 2.92 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 9/3 K/BB ratio over his first 12 1/3 innings this season. A matchup at home with the A's is next.
Apr 15 - 5:36 PM

Hector Santiago surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Royals.

The Angels see Santiago as a permanent piece of the rotation, but he's probably going to prove more useful in the pen in the long run. Ideally, someone from the Andrew Heaney-Nick Tropeano-Drew Rucinski group will prove worthy of a chance in a month or so. In the meantime, Santiago is a perfectly reasonable stopgap.
Apr 11 - 1:47 AM

Hector Santiago allowed five runs on 5 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work on Saturday.

Santiago also struck out five while walking two. He started out effectively enough before the Dodgers got to him in the fourth. This marked his final start of the spring. While Santiago will be the Angels' fourth starter, the lefty has limited fantasy value. He posted a 3.72 ERA with a 1.359 WHIP over 127 1/3 innings for the Halos last season. Expect more of the same this season.
Apr 5 - 12:37 AM

Hector Santiago is expected to be fine after taking a line drive off his left wrist/forearm area in Sunday's Cactus League start.

He has some swelling in the area, but does not believe that it will force him to miss his next spring start. The veteran southpaw is currently viewed as the favorite to secure the fifth and final spot in the Angels' Opening Day rotation.
Mar 15 - 6:02 PM

Hector Santiago was removed from Sunday's Cactus League start against the White Sox after he was struck by a line drive.

It appeared to catch the left-hander in his forearm, and he will presumably go for X-rays to rule out a fracture. The team should have an update on his status shortly.
Mar 15 - 5:27 PM

Hector Santiago surrendered two runs in three innings Tuesday in a Cactus League game against the Rangers.

Santiago tallied two strikeouts, but the Rangers got to him for four hits (including a third-inning Leonys Martin home run). Santiago should be locked into a rotation spot with the Angels after posting a decent 3.75 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings (24 starts and six relief appearances) last season.
Mar 10 - 7:24 PM

Hector Santiago pitched a pair of scoreless innings on Thursday against the Brewers.

Santiago allowed a single and a walk while striking out one in the effort. The lefty was reasonably productive across 24 starts and six relief appearances, finishing with a 3.75 ERA and a 108/53 K/BB ratio last season. Santiago is expected to pitch out of the Angels' rotation to start the season.
Mar 5 - 7:11 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Carlos Perez
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
LF1Matt Joyce
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1Grant Green
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Vinnie Pestano
8Cam Bedrosian