Hector Santiago

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Hector Santiago
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Santiago with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 53
Born: (1987-12-16) December 16, 1987 (age 27)
Newark, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 6, 2011 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 14-19
Earned run average 3.53
Strikeouts 326
Santiago during his tenure with the Chicago White Sox in 2012

Hector Felipe Santiago (born December 16, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox from 2011 through 2013.

Amateur career[edit]

Santiago graduated in 2006 from Bloomfield Tech High School.[1] He is of Puerto Rican descent.

Professional career[edit]

Santiago was drafted by the White Sox in the 30th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Santiago, who split time with the Winston-Salem Dash and Birmingham Barons in the first half of 2011, was called up to the Majors for the first time on June 26, 2011.[2]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Santiago made his MLB debut on July 6, 2011, pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals. On April 7, 2012, Santiago earned his first career save by striking out Elvis Andrus to seal a 4–3 victory for the White Sox. On May 8, 2012, Santiago earned his first career win during a 5–3 victory over the Cleveland Indians pitching one inning yielding two hits and striking out one.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Santiago was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 10, 2013 in a three-team trade involving the Chicago White Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels received Tyler Skaggs along with Santiago, while the White Sox received Adam Eaton and the Diamondbacks received Mark Trumbo and two players to be named later.[3][4]

Pitching style[edit]

Santiago throws a wide variety of pitches, although by far his most common is a four-seam fastball in the range of 91–96 mph. His off-speed pitches include a curveball, a slider, a changeup and an occasional cutter.[5] He is also one of the few pitchers in recent years to throw a screwball.[6] Lefties tend to only see fastballs and curveballs, while right-handers see mostly fastballs, changeups, and screwballs.[5]

According to Santiago, "I'm ... mostly on the inner half to right-handers and away to lefties. I try to get it down and in to righties and down and away to lefties, and let them basically get themselves out. How my ball moves is a big part of how I pitch."[7]


  1. ^ Behre, Bob. "Bloomfield Tech's Santiago called up by White Sox", The Star-Ledger, June 28, 2011. Accessed July 31, 2013. "Left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago, a 2006 Bloomfield Tech grad, was summoned by the Chicago White Sox from the Double-A Birmingham Barons yesterday to report today (Tuesday) to the big club."
  2. ^ Van Dyck, Dave (June 26, 2011). "Sox put Danks on DL, call up Double-A lefty Santiago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mark Trumbo traded to Diamondbacks in three-team deal". CBSSports.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  4. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/mark-trumbo-goes-to-arizona-diamondbacks-in-three-way-trade-with-angels-white-sox?ymd=20131210&content_id=64548048&vkey=news_mlb
  5. ^ a b "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Hector Santiago". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/magazine/the-mystery-of-the-vanishing-screwball.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=MG_TMO_20140711&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2
  7. ^ Laurila, David (November 16, 2012). "Q&A: Hector Santiago, Screwball Artist". Fangraphs. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

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