Mario Santiago (baseball)
December 16, 1984 |
Guayama, Puerto Rico
|Representing Puerto Rico|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2013 San Francisco||National team|
Santiago was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft and played for various minor league affiliates of the Royals between 2005 and 2011 including 19 games with the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers in 2011. In December 2011, Kansas City announced that they had granted Santiago his release so that he could sign to play with SK Wyverns in the Korea Baseball Organization. He was 6-3 with a 3.40 ERA in Korea  and lost two games in the 2012 Korean Series.
He pitched for the Puerto Rico national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings in Puerto Rico's upset victory over Japan in the WBC semi-final game, before leaving the game with a sore arm. Because of his injury he spent the entire 2013 season on the disabled list.
- Sanford, Dave (2011-05-12). "Mario Santiago promoted to Triple-A". RoyalsReport.com. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Royals grant release of minor-league pitcher Santiago". The Kansas City Star. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
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