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Hector Santiago | Starting Pitcher | #66

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Okaloosa-Walton (FL) CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 30 (0) / CWS
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Hector Santiago (thumb) has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Blue Jays.
Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb. He was shelled by the Royals in his last start, but there has been no word that the thumb injury was the cause for the eight runs he surrendered over 4 2/3 frames. Pat Dean will start in his place on Friday. Aug 24 - 5:52 PM

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Hector Santiago got knocked around again Saturday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

Santiago's issue on Saturday -- well, one of his issues -- was homers, as he served up three to Royals hitters. He's now given up seven home runs in four starts since joining the Twins, all losses. His struggles are in stark contrast to the run he was on before the trade, as Santiago had rattled off six straight wins prior to being dealt from the Angels. There's just not much nice to say about Santiago these days. The southpaw will carry a 10-8 record, 5.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays.
Aug 20 - 11:03 PM

Hector Santiago surrendered seven earned runs in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Royals.

Santiago walked none and struck out two, but he gave up nine hits and four of them went for extra bases. The left-hander has now surrendered 16 runs -- 15 earned -- in 14 1/3 innings since being traded from the Angels to the Twins. He's also taken three straight losses.
Aug 14 - 5:26 PM

Hector Santiago allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday.

Santiago has been subpar since the trade from the Angels to the Twins, allowing eight earned runs over 10 1/3 innings in two starts. The southpaw is now 10-6 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 24 starts overall. Santiago was pitching well before the trade, so a uniform change shouldn't make a difference. He'll look to get back on track Sunday against the Royals.
Aug 9 - 11:57 PM

Hector Santiago took a loss after giving up four runs over five innings to the Indians in his Twins debut Thursday.

If Santiago still had some value in deep mixed leagues as an Angel, it's gone now with the trade to the Twins. It's not a terrible situation for a starter, especially now that the outfield defensive is much improved, but Santiago was better off in Anaheim.
Aug 4 - 4:17 PM

Twins acquired LHP Hector Santiago and RHP Alan Busenitz from the Angels in exchange for RHPs Rocky Nolasco and Alex Meyer and cash considerations.

It's an odd deal on the surface, as many figured Santiago would wind up on a contender. However, the main goal for the Twins here was to get rid of Nolasco's contract and the did so while upgrading their rotation. The minus is that they had to give up an arm with potential in Alex Meyer. Santiago, who holds a 4.25 ERA and 107/57 K/BB ratio over 120 2/3 innings this season, is under team control in 2017.
Aug 1 - 5:02 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins have acquired left-hander Hector Santiago from the Angels.

It's an odd deal, as Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer are expected to be sent to the Angels. Santiago has posted a 4.25 ERA and 107/57 K/BB ratio over 120 2/3 innings this season. He's under team control for one more season.
Aug 1 - 3:52 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark is "hearing rumblings" about the Tigers and Hector Santiago.

Stark adds, however, that a trade "seems unlikely" because Detroit will not move young starters Daniel Norris or Matt Boyd. Santiago, 28, stands 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 107/57 K/BB ratio in 120 2/3 innings this season for the Angels. He is making $5 million in 2016 and carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2017.
Aug 1 - 9:41 AM

Hector Santiago led the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Red Sox by tossing five innings of two run baseball on Saturday.

He struggled badly with his control, walking six batters, but limited Boston to four hits. He fanned six. The two runs he allowed came in the first inning but he settled down after that. Santiago now sports a 10-4 record with a 4.25 ERA.
Jul 31 - 1:02 AM

Hector Santiago yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a victory over the Royals.

The Angels will probably get decent offers for Santiago, who has pitched well after a June swoon and now stands at 9-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season. It just remains to be seen whether Arte Moreno will be content to tank the rest of the season away. Injuries have killed the Angels' pitching depth, so if they trade Santiago and/or Matt Shoemaker, they stand to be one of the league's worst teams down the stretch.
Jul 25 - 11:59 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins have inquired on Angels' starters, including left-hander Hector Santiago.

The Marlins have also presumably asked about Matt Shoemaker, who has been on a heck of a roll over the past two months. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Monday that the Angels are listening to offers on Santiago, who is under team control for one more season. The southpaw has a 4.32 ERA and 96/47 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings this season. The Marlins are known to be in the market for starting pitching, especially with Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) going down.
Jul 25 - 6:12 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Angels are listening on starting pitcher Hector Santiago.

And several clubs have already inquired, per Crasnick's sources. Santiago is sporting a career-worst 4.32 ERA in 110 1/3 innings this season, but the 28-year-old left-hander managed a sharp 3.55 ERA in 532 2/3 innings between 2011 and 2015. He is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time in 2017.
Jul 25 - 2:05 PM

Hector Santiago lasted just five innings against the Rangers on Wednesday, but still ended up with a victory after allowing three runs on five hits.

Santiago walked three and struck out three on the evening, laboring through 100 pitches in his five frames. The Rangers scratched out a pair of runs against him in the third inning, then added in the fourth on a solo homer by Mitch Moreland. Now 8-4 on the season, Santiago will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Royals in Kansas City.
Jul 21 - 1:04 AM

Hector Santiago blanked the White Sox for seven innings in the Angels' 7-0 victory on Friday.

Santiago allowed five hits, walked none and struck out seven. He has a 1.39 ERA in three career starts against his former team. It's too bad he hasn't been able to channel that same kind of energy while facing other teams lately.
Jul 16 - 1:15 AM

Hector Santiago shut out the Rays for seven innings, striking out nine, to win on Thursday.

Santiago has been effective in four of his last five starts to drop his ERA from 5.64 to 4.58. He could be a trade candidate for the Angels later this month, though a couple of more quality starts before then would help a lot.
Jul 7 - 3:28 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Eddie Rosario
2Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Kyle Gibson
3Hector Santiago
4Tyler Duffey
5Jose Berrios
6Phil Hughes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Tommy Milone
8JT Chargois
9Glen Perkins
10Ryan O'Rourke
11Pat Dean
12Pat Light