Hector Santiago

For the Cuban playwright, see Héctor Santiago.
Hector Santiago

Santiago with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Minnesota Twins – No. 66
Born: (1987-12-16) December 16, 1987
Newark, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 6, 2011, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 36–38
Earned run average 3.84
Strikeouts 632
Career highlights and awards
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 Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox from 2011 to 2013 and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2014 to 2016. He played one year of college ball at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida. Santiago considers himself a baseball fan and is often seen collecting former player autographs.

Amateur career

Santiago graduated in 2006 from Bloomfield Tech High School. He played one year at Okaloosa-Walton Community College (Now Northwest Florida State College).[1] He is of Puerto Rican descent.

Professional career

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

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. He remained the majority of the season in the bullpen while also starting on four occasions. He finished 4-1 in 42 games with 4 saves. In 2013, Santiago split between the White Sox bullpen and the rotation, finishing with 23 starts while also appearing 11 times out of the bullpen. Although his ERA for the season was 3.56, his record was just 4-9 for the White Sox.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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] In his first season in Anaheim, Santiago was fairly inconsistent, he averaged less than 6 innings per start and for a moment was sent to the bullpen, where he made 6 appearances while also starting 24 times for the Angels. In 127.1 innings, Santiago went 6-9 with a 3.75 ERA.

Santiago enjoyed his best season in 2015, setting career highs in wins, innings, strikeouts and in WHIP. Santiago began the 2016 season in the Angels rotation. From April to June, Santiago recorded a record of 4-4 with an ERA of 5.27. However, in the month of July, Santiago went on a roll for the Angels, allowing just 8 runs in 35.1 innings while posting a 6-0 record. His 2016 stats with Anaheim ended in 22 starts while going 10-4. He did however raise his walk total, issuing 57 walks in 120.2 innings.

Minnesota Twins

On August 1, 2016, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded Hector Santiago along with Alan Busenitz to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Ricky Nolasco, Alex Meyer, and cash.[5][6]

Pitching style

Santiago throws a wide variety of pitches, although by far his most common is a four-seam fastball in the range of 90–96 mph. His off-speed pitches include a curveball, a slider, a changeup and an occasional cutter.[7] He is also one of the few pitchers in recent years to throw a screwball.[8] Lefties tend to only see fastballs and curveballs, while right-handers see mostly fastballs, changeups, and screwballs.[7]

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."[9]


  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. Miller, Phil (1 August 2016). "Twins trade Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer to Angels for Hector Santiago". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  6. Campbell, Dave (1 August 2016). "Twins send Nolasco, Meyer to Angels in swap for Santiago". US News. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  7. 1 2 "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Hector Santiago". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  8. 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
  9. Laurila, David (November 16, 2012). "Q&A: Hector Santiago, Screwball Artist". Fangraphs. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
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