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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
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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

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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

Hector Santiago gave up six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

Santiago gave up single runs in the third and fourth innings before the Tigers opened up the game with a four-run sixth inning. That inning included a three-run home run by catcher James McCann that ended Santiago's night. The southpaw had actually strung together four consecutive good outings before Tuesday's clunker -- surely no coincidence that the good stretch came after he was given a few extra days to rest his bruised left thumb -- and Santiago is 12-9 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through 31 starts between the Angels and Twins. He'll try to get back on track Sunday against the Mariners.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 11:07:00 PM

Hector Santiago pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run Thursday in a win over the Tigers.

Santiago has always done pretty well against the Tigers, which seems rather odd given the strong right-handed heavy lineups they've had in recent years. In nine starts and six relief appearances, he has a 2.95 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 64 innings. He's now 2-4 with a 5.73 ERA in eight starts overall since being acquired by the Twins.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Hector Santiago went seven innings while allowing just one run but had to settle for a no-decision as the Twins finally won 2-1 in twelve innings on Saturday.

He issued four free passes against only two strikeouts while allowing five hits. He stymied the Indians' bats for six shutout innings after allowing a run in the first. It was a rare Grade-A outing for Santiago, who has a 4.75 ERA after 29 starts. He will face the Tigers on Thursday.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Hector Santiago turned in a quality start on Saturday, tossing six innings of three run baseball to earn a victory as the Twins nuked the White Sox 11-3.

He gave up four hits and three walks while striking out six in the lopsided ballgame. He gave up a pair of home runs but kept the bases relatively free of runners. His teammates gave him 11 runs of support in the first three innings. All he had to do was avoid big innings and coast to victory. Santiago's record improves to 11-8 with a 4.91 ERA. He has 127 strikeouts and 67 walks in 152 innings.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 10:57:00 PM

Hector Santiago walked four but gutted through 6 1/3 shutout innings in Monday's extra-innings loss to the Indians.

Santiago's control evaded him as it so often does, and he also struck out only two batters on the night. However, the Tribe managed just three hits against him, so the lefty was able to dance out of trouble. It's easily Santiago's best start as a Twin, as the extra rest to deal with a bruised thumb appeared to help him. He'll get the White Sox, his former team, this weekend.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 10:55:00 PM

Hector Santiago revealed Saturday that his left thumb has been bothering him for nearly two months.

"I went back and watched a [July 2] start against Boston. I threw a pitch and you can see me [grimace] from the pain," Santiago said. "That was almost two months ago, so it’s not like this just came up. But it got really bad about 10 days ago." Santiago pitched well in July but has really struggled since joining the Twins earlier this month, posting a 10.89 ERA in his four starts. He'll start Monday after having a start pushed back and the southpaw says that his thumb is feeling much better. "There were days when it was throbbing before I even got to the park, but that’s over," he said.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 09:55:00 AM

Hector Santiago (thumb) will start on Monday against the Indians.

He had been slated to take the ball Wednesday, but the Twins' rotation shakeup has altered things. Santiago missed his last outing with a bruised left thumb and holds a 10.89 ERA in his four starts since joining Minnesota.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 05:26:00 PM

Hector Santiago (thumb) is expected to return to the Twins' rotation next Wednesday in Cleveland.

Santiago had to be scratched from his scheduled start this Friday night against the Blue Jays because of a bruised left thumb. He has an awful 10.89 ERA in 19 innings (four starts) for the Twins since being acquired from the Angels at the August 1 trade deadline.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:58:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2John Ryan Murphy
3Chris Gimenez
4Dan Rohlfing
5Eddy Rodriguez
1B1Joe Mauer
2Matt Hague
3Ben Paulsen
2B1Brian Dozier
2Tommy Field
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
4Benji Gonzalez
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Robbie Grossman
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3J.B. Shuck
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
5Tyler Duffey
6Adalberto Mejia
7Justin Haley
8Nick Tepesch
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Glen Perkins
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Craig Breslow
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Matt Belisle
10Trevor May
11Raul Fernandez
12Nick Greenwood
13Alex Wimmers