Santiago Casilla

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Santiago Casilla
IMG 8820 Santiago Casilla.jpg
Casilla pitching for the San Francisco Giants
Oakland Athletics – No. 46
Pitcher
Born: (1980-07-25) July 25, 1980 (age 37)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2004, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through September 19, 2017)
Win–loss record 42–31
Earned run average 3.30
Strikeouts 559
Saves 143
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Santiago Casilla
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Dominican Republic
World Baseball Classic
Gold medal – first place 2013 San Francisco Team

Santiago Casilla (born July 25, 1980[1]) is a Dominican professional baseball relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Francisco Giants. Casilla throws four pitches: a fastball, slider, curveball, and a changeup.

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Casilla was originally signed by the Oakland A's on January 31, 2000, as an amateur free agent, and pitched from then through 2005 under the name of Jairo Garcia. During spring training in 2006 he revealed his real name to be Santiago Casilla, and that he had used false documents which listed him as three years younger than his actual age when he first signed in 2000.[2]

Oakland Athletics (2004–2009)[edit]

Casilla pitched small parts of 2004, 2005, and 2006 for the Athletics as a reliever. In 2007, Casilla was recalled by the Athletics from Triple-A after going 2–1 with a 4.13 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 24 innings. He stepped into a bullpen that had Huston Street, Justin Duchscherer, and Kiko Calero on the disabled list. Casilla started off well, going 2–1 with 2 saves and a 0.45 ERA in his first 16 games. But he wound up finishing the season with a 3–1 record and a 4.44 ERA in 46 games.[3] He pitched in the A's bullpen in the 2008 and 2009 seasons with mixed success.

San Francisco Giants (2010–2016)[edit]

At the end of 2009, he was granted free agency by the A's and signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants for 2010. He made his Giants debut on May 21, 2010 against his former team in Oakland and remained with the team for the remainder of the season until they won the World Series. He returned to the Giants for 2011 as a member of the bullpen and took over as its closer after Brian Wilson went on the disabled list in August.[4]

Casilla picked up his first career base hit, a bases loaded, two out RBI ground ball single between Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill on September 14, 2012.

Casilla was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the 2012 World Series as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers.

On December 17, 2012, Casilla re-signed with the Giants for 3 years at $15 million.

On May 28, 2013, Casilla underwent knee surgery to remove a cyst and was placed on the 15-day DL.

On May 17, 2015, in a 9-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, Casilla entered the bottom on the ninth inning and struck out three batters on nine pitches, thus recording an immaculate save. Casilla is the third San Francisco Giant in franchise history to pitch an immaculate inning, joining Trevor Wilson and Orel Hershiser.

On April 25, 2016, Casilla successfully logged his 100th save, closing 1 & 1/3 innings against the San Diego Padres.[5]

Return to Oakland[edit]

On January 20, 2017, Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Oakland Athletics.[6]

Scouting[edit]

Casilla works with a prototypical power pitcher repertoire, chiefly throwing a low to mid-90s two-seam fastball and a hard-breaking slider. He also occasionally mixes in a curveball and changeup. However, at times, he struggles with control of his pitches.

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