Hector Santiago
Hector Santiago
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago White Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Santiago threw 180-plus innings in both 2015 and 2016, but he pitched just 70.1 frames last year as injuries cost him most of the final four months. The lefty got off to a great start with Minnesota, posting a 2.43 ERA and 23:8 K:BB in five April starts (29.2 innings), but he then gave up a whopping 11 homers in May before a muscle strain in his throwing shoulder forced him to the disabled list. Upper-back pain ultimately put Santiago on the shelf for good. His strikeout and walk rates weren't too far off from his marks from the previous two years, but his 6.5 K/9 was his lowest in a full season. Santiago's home-run rate exploded to 1.9 HR/9, and as a flyball-heavy, soft-tossing lefty in this offensive environment, the long ball is likely going to remain an issue. After an offseason of rest, Santiago should find himself competing for a rotation spot on a pitching-needy team in spring training, but he's a ratios grenade with no strikeout upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox in February of 2018 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Not starting Wednesday
PChicago White Sox
September 26, 2018
Santiago won't start Wednesday against the Indians with Jace Fry scheduled to open for the White Sox in what amounts to a bullpen game, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Manager Rick Renteria hasn't clarified who will follow Fry in the reliever's first start of 2018, but as one of the few stretched-out options in the bullpen, Santiago is a good candidate to fill multiple innings for the White Sox. Santiago was used in Monday's series opener, but only threw four pitches while retiring two hitters. He'll thus be fairly fresh as he prepares for what will likely be his 49th appearance of the season in the big leagues.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .295 362 62 60 87 10 0 15
Since 2016vs Right .240 1194 236 110 254 54 5 49
2018vs Left .286 134 24 28 30 5 0 2
2018vs Right .252 326 79 32 72 19 1 14
2017vs Left .478 58 7 10 22 3 0 6
2017vs Right .211 253 44 21 48 3 0 9
2016vs Left .243 170 31 22 35 2 0 7
2016vs Right .245 615 113 57 134 32 4 26
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Since 2016Home 4.98 1.43 184.1 10 12 0 7.8 4.2 1.9
Since 2016Away 4.66 1.46 169.0 13 9 2 7.4 4.5 1.3
2018Home 3.54 1.50 53.1 1 3 0 9.1 5.9 1.5
2018Away 5.55 1.68 48.2 5 0 2 9.1 4.6 1.3
2017Home 4.54 1.32 41.2 3 3 0 6.3 2.6 1.9
2017Away 7.22 1.60 28.2 1 5 0 6.9 6.0 1.9
2016Home 6.04 1.43 89.1 6 6 0 7.7 3.8 2.1
2016Away 3.40 1.29 92.2 7 4 0 6.6 4.0 1.2
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How does Hector Santiago compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Santiago scuffled in three months of the season with a 5.25 ERA but bounced back with a 6-0 record and 1.78 ERA in six starts in July. He was then surprisingly traded to the Twins and failed to adapt to his new club, posting a 5.58 ERA with 13 home runs allowed in 11 starts. Santiago has always been one of the most flyball-heavy pitchers in the league and compounds that problem with a lack of control. Both issues were exacerbated last season with a career-worst 1.63 HR/9 and poor 3.91 BB/9. Perhaps Minnesota's new brain trust can harness his July success. While he'll likely enter the season comfortably in the middle of the Twins' rotation, he'll need to reverse last year's trends to keep a spot in the rotation and earn one on fantasy clubs. This is a contract year for Santiago, and the Twins would undoubtedly like to trade him to a contending team this summer, so it is in everyone's best interest that he gets off to a strong start.
Santiago looked primed to put together his best season in the majors after securing a rotation spot out of spring training, and he went into the break as an AL All-Star with a sparkling 2.33 ERA and 34 walks in 108.1 innings. The second half was a different story as his control completely left him, leading to a 5.47 ERA over his final 15 starts. Santiago is generally able to keep the ball in the park despite routinely being among the most flyball-heavy pitchers in the league, but the lack of grounders caught up with him in a big way in 2015 (career-worst 1.4 HR/9). His role on the club is uncertain heading into 2016 with Tyler Skaggs and C.J. Wilson eyeing healthy returns following surgery.
Manager Mike Scioscia kept a tight leash on Santiago in his first year with the Angels, as his start against the A's on April 14 was the only time he pitched at least seven innings all season. Aside from usage issues, Santiago seems to be losing velocity at an alarming rate, as his average fastball fell below 91 mph last season after being clocked at 93.8 mph in 2011. This trend correlates to a precipitous drop in Santiago's strikeout rate, which fell below 20.0% in 2014 after being as high as 25.8% during his rookie year in 2012, though some of that decline is the function of making the transition from reliever to starter. Walks are still a major concern, but Santiago posted a 2.98 ERA despite a 4.0 BB/9 in the second half of the season. With Tyler Skaggs expected to miss the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August, Santiago will likely have a shot to regain a spot in the rotation in spring training.
Santiago started the 2013 season in the bullpen, but he was in the White Sox's rotation by May after injuries took down the team's other starters. His screwball is the most novel element of his arsenal, but his sinker was a more effective pitch. He pitched particularly well in July, when opposing hitters hit .197 off him in five starts, but his effectiveness waned as the season progressed and he posted monthly WHIP's above 1.60 in August and September. His strikeout rate also fell during these months -- he had a 9.4 K/9 through July, but it fell to 6.1 over his final nine starts. This could be a sign of fatigue or diminishing skills as the innings accumulated. Sent to the Angels as part of a three-team swap in December, Santiago will try to secure a place in the back of a new-look Anaheim rotation.
Santiago surprisingly won the White Sox's closer role out of spring training to start the 2012 season, but he lost the job after blowing two saves and posting an 8.53 ERA in April. The club stretched him out later in the season, and he made four September starts. His repertoire is a bit unique in that he relies heavily on sinkers and screwballs, both of which helped him strike out 28 batters over his final 22 innings. He should continue to build up arm strength in the offseason as he pitches in the Dominican League and plans to play in the World Baseball Classic. Santiago should be in the mix for one of the final spots in the White Sox's rotation this spring.
The White Sox recalled Santiago in late June when injuries hit the pitching staff, and he appeared in only two games during his 24 days with the club. He looks more like a reliever at this point, but he will probably begin 2012 as an organizational starter at Triple-A. His leap to Double-A last season came with a slight decline in his strikeout rate (8.01 K/9IP) and a big spike in his walk rate (4.22 BB/9IP). He will need to improve the latter in order to remain a starter as he continues to advance through the system.
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Expected to start Wednesday
PChicago White Sox
September 25, 2018
Santiago is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Gets save in extra innings
PChicago White Sox
September 13, 2018
Santiago struck out one in a scoreless 12th inning to pick up the save in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Royals.
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Picks up save
PChicago White Sox
August 4, 2018
Santiago worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless 10th inning and pick up the save in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays.
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Shifts to bullpen role
PChicago White Sox
June 9, 2018
Santiago was moved to the bullpen Saturday, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Lands second win despite shaky start
PChicago White Sox
June 6, 2018
Santiago (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts through five innings in a win Wednesday over Minnesota.
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