Sergio Santos

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Sergio Santos
Sergio Santos on August 8, 2011 (2).jpg
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 21
Pitcher
Born: (1983-07-04) July 4, 1983 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2010 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through April 18, 2014)
Win-loss record 7–10
Earned run average 3.38
Strikeouts 193
WHIP 1.24
Saves 39
Teams
Santos during his tenure with the Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliates of the Minnesota Twins, in 2008.

Sergio Jose Santos (born July 4, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.

Draft and career as a shortstop[edit]

Santos, who is of Mexican American descent, was drafted out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] Between 2002 and 2005, Santos steadily worked his way up through the Diamondbacks' farm system all the way to Triple-A Tucson, where he hit 21 doubles and 12 home runs in 2005.

On December 27, 2005, Santos was sent to Toronto along with Troy Glaus in exchange for Miguel Batista and Orlando Hudson. In 2006, he hit .214 with 5 home runs and 38 RBI in 128 games with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. He attended the Blue Jays' 2007 spring training, but did not make the active 25-man roster. After his struggles at Triple-A Syracuse in 2006, Toronto assigned Santos to their Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the 2007 season. Santos won the Home Run Derby preceding the Eastern League All Star game in 2007 at Norwich's Dodd Stadium.

On May 13, 2008, Santos was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox,[2] but on March 20, 2009, was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for future considerations. Less than two weeks after the trade he was brought back to the Chicago White Sox organization and sent to extended spring training to convert from infielder to pitcher.

Pitching career[edit]

Santos has pitched at four levels of the Sox minor league system in 2009, beginning at the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators and ending at Triple-A Charlotte Knights. He posted a combined ERA of 8.16, but struck out more than a batter an inning.

On March 30, 2010, Santos was named to the White Sox opening day active roster. He won the 7th and final spot in the bullpen over Greg Aquino.

Santos earned his first major league win by pitching two innings of shutout baseball, striking out two in an 11 inning win over the Detroit Tigers on August 5, 2010.

He established a new Major League record with his 25th straight scoreless appearance on the road to start a season in a 6–3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on August 11, 2011. Mariano Rivera had previously held the record since 2005. Santos' achievement was actually part of a longer such streak of 30 which began in the previous campaign.[3][4]

On December 6, 2011, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Néstor Molina.[5] Santos was expected to act as the closer for the Jays, while veteran Francisco Cordero would be the setup pitcher.

2012-present[edit]

Santos made his first appearance as a Blue Jay on Opening Day, getting the final 2 outs in a 16 inning win against the Cleveland Indians, the longest game in Opening Day history.[6] Santos was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 21 due to right shoulder inflammation. He was later transferred to the 60-day disabled list. On July 15, it was announced that Santos would need season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. He made 6 appearances for the Blue Jays in 2012, posting a 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA and 2 saves in 4 chances.[7] Santos pitched through 2013 Spring Training with the Blue Jays and made the team, but was not selected to be the closer, with manager John Gibbons electing to use Casey Janssen instead of Santos. On April 15, 2013, Santos was placed on the 15-day DL with a triceps strain.[8]

On May 14, it was revealed that Santos would require surgery on his right elbow to clean out some bone spurs and chips.[9] On August 1, Santos was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Blue Jays and called up to replace Dustin McGowan, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[10]

Pitching style[edit]

Santos throws a hard four-seam fastball with movement in the 96-97 mph range, as well as an 87 mph slider and a changeup.[11]

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