Hector Santiago
Hector Santiago
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the White Sox in June of 2019.
Eats innings as primary pitcher
PChicago White Sox
September 25, 2019
Santiago allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out eight over four innings in Tuesday's 11-0 loss to the Tigers. He did not factor in the decision.
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Santiago was the primary pitcher Tuesday and avoided a loss because opener Carson Fulmer was tagged for four runs in the first inning. Santiago, whose ERA rose to 6.89 following the outing, lines up to pitch in the season's finale Sunday against Detroit, although it's unclear if he would work as a true starter or follow an opener again.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
38
Last 10 Games
44
Last 5 Games
49
How many pitches does Hector Santiago generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Hector Santiago generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-56%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .339 240 42 45 65 10 0 11
Since 2017vs Right .243 694 152 68 149 32 1 28
2019vs Left .317 48 11 7 13 2 0 3
2019vs Right .293 115 29 15 29 10 0 5
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.26 1.46 112.0 5 6 0 8.6 4.5 1.8
Since 2017Away 6.41 1.74 94.0 6 6 2 8.3 5.5 1.5
2019Home 5.82 1.65 17.0 1 0 0 12.7 4.8 2.6
2019Away 7.56 2.16 16.2 0 1 0 8.6 7.0 1.6
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.82
 
K/9
10.7
 
BB/9
5.9
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
91.8 mph
 
ERA
6.68
 
WHIP
1.90
 
BABIP
.382
 
GB/FB
0.73
 
Left On Base
72.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
14.9%
 
Spin Rate
2075 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.6%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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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.
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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Following opener Tuesday
PChicago White Sox
September 24, 2019
Santiago will serve as the primary pitcher Tuesday against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Re-entering rotation
PChicago White Sox
September 23, 2019
Santiago is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Indians.
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No-decision in spot start
PChicago White Sox
August 17, 2019
Santiago allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday. He struck out four batters in the 6-5 loss.
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Confirmed for spot start
PChicago White Sox
August 17, 2019
Santiago has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Angels.
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Tentatively scheduled for Saturday
PChicago White Sox
August 16, 2019
Santiago is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday against the Angels, Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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