Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#53 P | 6'0", 210 lbs. | LA Angels
Birth Date:December 16, 1987 (26 years old) Place of Birth:Newark, NJ Hometown:Bloomfield, NJ
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago WS in 2006 (30th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Arizona in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago WS in 2006 (30th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Arizona in 2013.
|Assets:||Can pile up pretty good strikeout numbers, especially as a relief pitcher. Is versatile enough to be used as either a starter or reliever. Overall, he has pretty good stuff.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have an ideal pitcher's frame (6-0, 210 pounds). Can get hurt when he starts serving up too many free passes, because he doesn't always trust his stuff.|
|Career Potential:||Versatile left-hander with a little upside.|
Movements & Injuries
|6/10/2014||Recalled from Salt Lake (AAA).|
|5/21/2014||Optioned to Salt Lake (AAA).|
|12/10/2013||Acquired from the Chicago White Sox.|
|12/10/2013||Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks.|
|2/22/2013||Re-signed by the Chicago White Sox to a one-year contract.|
|8/17/2012||Recalled from Charlotte (AAA).|
|7/30/2012||Optioned to Charlotte (AAA).|
|3/04/2012||Re-signed by the Chicago White Sox to a one-year contract.|
|7/19/2011||Optioned to Birmingham (AA).|
|6/26/2011||Contract purchased from Birmingham (AA).|
|12/10/2013||Arizona Diamondbacks traded Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox for Hector Santiago and a player to be named later (Brandon Jacobs-Dec 13 2013) or cash considerations. Arizona Diamondbacks traded Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels for Mark Trumbo and a player to be named later (A.J. Schugel-Dec 13 2013) or cash considerations.|
|6/06/2006||Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 30th round in 2006.|
Angels starter Hector Santiago held the Red Sox to two hits over six scoreless innings Sunday. | 08/10/2014 6:51 PM
NewsAngels starter Hector Santiago held the Red Sox to two hits over six scoreless innings Sunday.
ImpactTyler Skaggs needs Tommy John surgery so Santiago will stay in the rotation for the rest of this season. The 26-year-old lefty has recorded a 1.95 ERA in 32 1/3 innings over his last seven games (five starts).
Angels edge Mariners 3-2 in 16 | 07/19/2014 3:29 AM
NewsHector Santiago finished up with 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win as the Angels beat the Mariners 3-2 in 16 innings on Friday.
ImpactSeveral teams still have expanded bullpens right now after the All-Star break, and the Angels needed there's tonight. Eight relievers combined on 10 scoreless innings after Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six frames, and the Angels finally broke through when pinch-hitter Efren Navarro singled in Mike Trout in the 16th. It was just Navarro's second straight win after seven consecutive losses to begin the season.
Santiago the benefactor of 13 runs of support | 07/10/2014 11:44 PM
NewsHector Santiago cruised to his first win of the season, allowing four runs (three earned) over six innings as the Angels routed the Rangers by a 15-6 score on Thursday.
ImpactThe Angels were up 13-2 after three innings, so Santiago's first win of 2014 was in the bag. The lefty, now 1-7, allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out eight. He'll go into the All-Star break with a 4.50 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 62/25 K/BB ratio.
Hector Santiago gives up five runs to Astros | 07/06/2014 1:49 AM
NewsHector Santiago yielded five runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Astros.
ImpactWith Tyler Skaggs back, it could be a while before Santiago starts again. He hasn't been nearly as bad this year as his 0-7 record suggests, but he is sixth on the Angels' depth chart at the moment.
Four-run sixth inning dooms Hector Santiago | 06/15/2014 11:44 PM
NewsAfter cruising through the first five innings virtually unscathed, Hector Santiago surrendered four runs while recording just one out in the fifth inning in Sunday's loss to the Braves.
ImpactSantiago punched out four on the night while walking two. It was a tough ending of the night for Santiago, who was brilliant through the first five frames. With Tyler Skaggs slated to return to the rotation next weekend, it's unlikely that Santiago will remain in the Angels rotation.
Santiago hurls 6 shutout frames in ND vs. A's | 06/11/2014 3:14 AM
NewsHector Santiago dazzled in his return to the rotation Tuesday against the A's, firing six shutout innings while allowing only three hits.
ImpactSantiago struck out eight and walked only one batter. It was a shocking performance by a pitcher who was booted out of the rotation on May 7 having gone 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA; he was demoted to the minors two weeks later. Santiago has a golden opportunity to impress with the injured Tyler Skaggs (hamstring) on the disabled list. He'll get his next chance in Cleveland on Monday.
Hector Santiago to start Tuesday vs. A's | 06/09/2014 7:48 PM
NewsHector Santiago will start on Tuesday against the Athletics in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs (hamstring).
Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
ImpactSantiago put up a 4.82 ERA over 37 1/3 innings for the Halos before being optioned to Triple-A last month. He's getting another shot even though he held just a 6.43 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Salt Lake. Fantasy owners should steer clear of the southpaw.
Angels option out LHP Santiago | 05/21/2014 6:42 PM
NewsAngels optioned LHP Hector Santiago to Triple-A Salt Lake.
ImpactSantiago had pitched just twice in 12 days since being sent to the pen, so sending him down seems like the smart move. He was 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA in seven starts prior to his May 9 demotion.
Angels demote Hector Santiago to bullpen | 05/09/2014 4:01 PM
NewsThe Angels have demoted Hector Santiago to the bullpen.
Bill Shaikin on Twitter
ImpactIt appears the move is considered temporary, though it's not clear how long he'll be used in relief or who will replace him in the rotation. Santiago receives the demotion after posting a 5.19 ERA over his first seven starts. The Halos really don't have much starting pitching depth, so Santiago figures to get another shot before long.
Santiago chased after 2-plus innings, now 0-6 | 05/08/2014 1:17 AM
NewsHector Santiago became the second pitcher to 0-6 when he was chased after 2 1/3 innings having allowed six runs -- two earned -- on five hits in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.
ImpactThe southpaw struck out two and walked three, joining Brett Oberholtzer in the 0-6 club. Not only has Santiago been awful this year, but his teammates never show up for his starts either -- in seven Santiago starts, the Angels have scored three runs twice and never more, going 0-7. Santiago is averaging less than five innings of work per outing, and he sports a 5.19 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Santiago, who should be nowhere near a fantasy lineup right now, will try his luck against National League competition next time out, traveling to Philadelphia on Tuesday to square off against Cliff Lee.
Hector Santiago falls to 0-5 | 05/03/2014 1:41 AM
NewsHector Santiago dropped to 0-5 after giving up five runs in six-plus innings Friday against the Rangers.
ImpactSantiago was clean for five innings, but then he gave up two homers in a three-run sixth. Manager Mike Scioscia sent him back out for the seventh anyway and then pulled him after a single and a walk. Both baserunners came around to score off Kevin Jepsen. Santiago's rotation spot should be safe despite the putrid record so far. He hasn't been good, but he also hasn't been that bad, especially in his last four starts. The Angels still haven't scored more than three runs in any of his six starts this season.
Hector Santiago struggles in loss to Yankees | 04/26/2014 4:13 PM
NewsHector Santiago struggled in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, allowing four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.
ImpactSantiago struck out three and issued one free pass on the afternoon. He also balked with the bases loaded in the second inning, bringing home the Yankees first run. J.R. Murphy was his nemesis in this one, delivering a two-run single in the second and solo homer in the fifth to provide the bulk of the damage. Santiago will carry an 0-4 record, 4.44 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into his next start against the Rangers in Los Angeles on Friday.
SP Santiago hurls 7 frames of 1-run ball | 04/15/2014 1:10 AM
NewsHector Santiago logged his first quality start as an Angel on Monday against the A's, firing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out three.
ImpactThe southpaw scattered five hits and walked a batter. One of those hits, Yoenis Cespedes's fourth inning homer, accounted for all the damage. A victory was stolen from him when Ernesto Frieri punted a 2-1 lead in the ninth. The start to Santiago's Angels' career couldn't have gone much worse -- 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA and 1.93 WHIP -- so this was encouraging to see. Daily mixed leaguers can do better than Santiago's Sunday date in Detroit, however.
Santiago gets smacked around by Seattle again | 04/09/2014 1:18 AM
NewsHector Santiago didn't fare much better in his second start for the Halos than he did in the first, coughing up four runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings in a Tuesday loss to the Mariners.
ImpactHe struck out six and walked three. Santiago was probably thrilled when he saw the early-season schedule, knowing he'd begin with two matchups against the Mariners, but he'll be just fine if he doesn't have to see Seattle's offense again, thanks. He leaves those outings 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA and 1.93 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a home date with the A's next week.
Hector Santiago scuffles in Los Angeles debut | 04/03/2014 12:54 AM
NewsHector Santiago surrendered four runs on seven hits in five innings of a loss Wednesday against the Mariners.
ImpactIn his Angels' debut, Santiago (3.56 ERA and 137/72 K/BB ratio across 149 innings last season in Chicago) gave out three free passes and struck out four. It was fair to expect more from the White Sox import after a sterling spring, but the Mariners' bats have been clubbing around Los Angeles pitching all week and perhaps it was just the left-hander's turn to be abused. An opportunity for vengeance is right around the corner, as the teams have a rematch of the same pitching matchup (James Paxton) set for Tuesday in Seattle.
Santiago gives up three runs vs. Giants | 03/17/2014 6:44 PM
NewsHector Santiago allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work in Monday's start against the Giants.
ImpactSantiago allowed four hits and walked three while striking out five. The lefty had been enjoying a pristine spring entering Monday's action. Santiago is now up to 19 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.
Santiago solid against the Brewers | 03/12/2014 6:00 PM
NewsHector Santiago was solid against the Brewers in his start Wednesday, holding them to two runs in 4 1/3 innings.
ImpactSantiago pitched with the comfort of the 10-0 lead provided by his offense. He allowed five hits and a walk while striking out six. He has now struck out 14 and walked three in 11 Cactus League innings.
Santiago whiffs five in impressive outing | 03/07/2014 11:32 PM
NewsHector Santiago delivered his second straight impressive Cactus League performance in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday, allowing only one hit in four shutout innings.
ImpactThe 26-year-old left-hander whiffed five without walking a batter. While the impressive outing came against a split-squad Cubs team devoid of most of their regulars, displayed good command of all of his pitches. He appears to have the inside track on one of the Angels final rotation spots at the moment.
Hector Santiago impresses in Angels debut | 03/02/2014 10:16 PM
NewsHector Santiago impressed in his Cactus League debut with the Angels on Sunday, allowing an unearned run on one hit in his 2 2/3 innings of work.
ImpactSantiago walked a pair and struck out three in the ballgame. He had his patented screwball working well for him, generating several weak swings. The 26-year-old southpaw should be able to secure a spot in the Angels Opening Day rotation, and his strikeout potential should make him relevant in all mixed leagues.
Angels get Santiago, Skaggs in 3-team deal | 12/10/2013 4:58 PM
NewsAngels acquired LHP Hector Santiago and LHP Tyler Skaggs in a three-team trade with the White Sox and Diamondbacks.
ImpactIt's a much-needed influx of talented young pitching for the Angels, who had one of the worst staffs in the major leagues in 2013. Santiago, who turns 26 years old later this month, posted a promising 3.56 ERA and 137/72 K/BB ratio across 149 innings this past season for Chicago. Those numbers have the potential to get better in Anaheim -- a much more pitcher-friendly environment.
Report: Santiago involved in three-way trade | 12/10/2013 2:25 PM
NewsJon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com confirms that the White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago to the Angels in the three-way trade involving Mark Trumbo.
Jon Paul Morosi on Twitter
ImpactMorosi adds that the trade between the White Sox, Angels and Diamondbacks is close to being finalized. The basic framework has Trumbo and two prospects going to Arizona while the Angels will acquire Santiago and Tyler Skaggs and outfielder Adam Eaton will be sent to Chicago. Santiago, who turns 26 later this month, had a 3.56 ERA and 137/72 K/BB ratio over 149 innings this past season between the rotation and bullpen. The southpaw would get a nice fantasy boost with the move to the Angels' pitcher-friendly home park.
Hector Santiago posts quality start | 09/24/2013 11:20 PM
NewsHector Santiago posted a quality start Tuesday, allowing three runs over 6 1/3 frames in a loss to the Indians.
ImpactWorking on 10 days' rest, the left-hander gave up six hits, walked one and struck out one. Santiago is now at 149 innings for the season and will be shut down after posting a 3.56 ERA with 137 strikeouts. He might not be locked in, but the southpaw has a good shot at cracking the rotation next year.
White Sox skip Hector Santiago's turn | 09/17/2013 8:47 PM
NewsThe White Sox will skip Hector Santiago's next turn in the rotation.
ImpactThe Sox are managing Santiago's workload, as he's already thrown 142 2/3 innings this season after tossing just 75 last year. The left-hander is expected to make just one more start this season. "The last few starts he's had, he just looks tired," manager Robin Ventura said. "Pitching as many innings as he has this year, just give him a rest and see what he does next time out."
Santiago gives up four runs in loss to BoSox | 08/30/2013 10:44 PM
NewsHector Santiago was chased after giving up four runs over 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.
ImpactIt was his shortest outing since June 28. Santiago really struggled with his control and command, giving up five hits and five walks while throwing just 52 out of 101 pitches for strikes. Things don't get any easier for him next week when he faces the Yankees in the Bronx, so the southpaw can be left inactive in mixed leagues for now.
SP Santiago wins first start since June 2 | 08/18/2013 7:37 PM
NewsHector Santiago surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits in six innings of a victory Sunday against the Twins.
ImpactSantiago did a nice job of limiting damage in the game, allowing 11 baserunners, including two walks. He racked up 117 pitches despite striking out just one, but Minnesota's offense was rendered putrid with runners in scoring position. Santiago won his first game since June 21 and improves to 4-7 with a 3.27 ERA. He's walked 57 batters -- the eighth most amongst AL pitchers despite pitching only 123 2/3 innings -- which we suspect will lead to at least a few ugly outings before the end of the season. Don't go near Santiago in mixed leagues on Saturday against Yu Darvish and the Rangers.
Santiago allows four runs against Yankees | 08/08/2013 12:56 AM
NewsHector Santiago allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Wednesday.
ImpactSantiago allowed four runs for the first time in seven starts. He gave up seven hits and two walks, striking out five. He remains at 3-7 and still hasn't recorded a win since June 21 despite owning a 3.43 ERA. Despite the abysmal won-loss record, Santiago has emerged as a viable mixed league option this season. He'll start against the Tigers early next week.
Hector Santiago fans seven in loss to Tigers | 08/02/2013 9:24 PM
NewsHector Santiago racked up seven strikeouts in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over his seven frames.
ImpactDespite his 3-7 record, Santiago has been extremely impressive for the White Sox this season, compiling a 3.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 111/49 K/BB ratio through his 107 innings. He is winless since June 21 though, and he'll try to rectify that when he does battle against the Yankees at home on Wednesday.
Santiago allows two runs in ND loss to Royals | 07/28/2013 6:23 PM
NewsHector Santiago allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision loss to the Royals on Sunday.
ImpactHe struck out seven and walked four. Chicago has lost all six of Santiago's most recent starts, though blame shouldn't be pinned entirely on the left-hander: He allowed more than three earned runs in just one of those outings. Despite Santiago's solid 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and strikeout rate (104 in 100 innings) he remains 3-6.
Santiago walks five as White Sox lose to DET | 07/24/2013 12:35 AM
NewsHector Santiago allowed six runs -- three earned -- in six innings in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.
ImpactSantiago's control failed him, as he issued five free passes to go along with five hits allowed. The lefty also struck out six in recording his first loss since June 16. Despite the subpar outing Santiago has been very good this season, sporting a 3.38 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday against the Royals.
Hector Santiago fans nine in no-decision | 07/14/2013 12:44 AM
NewsHector Santiago matched his season-high with nine strikeouts against the Phillies on Saturday, but wound up with a no-decision after allowing one run on three hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.
ImpactThe only blemish on Santiago's evening was a solo homer off the bat of John Mayberry that knotted the score at 1-1 in the seventh inning. The 25-year-old lefty has been extremely impressive since returning to the starting rotation on June 9, posting a 3.24 ERA and 45/16 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings of work over seven starts.
Santiago staunch in no-decision against O's | 07/03/2013 10:38 PM
NewsHector Santiago allowed two runs in seven innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.
ImpactThe left-hander did about as much as he could on Wednesday, allowing just five hits and two walks in his seven innings. He also struck out nine batters on the night. Santiago has been a pleasant surprise in the first half, striking out more than a batter per inning and carrying a 3.50 ERA through 74 2/3 innings.
Santiago gives up five runs in no-decision | 06/28/2013 9:22 PM
NewsHector Santiago was chased for five runs over 2 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.
ImpactSantiago was handed a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but he quickly squandered it by giving up five runs in the second inning. The southpaw needed 73 pitches just to get seven outs while 11 out of the 18 batters he faced reached base. Not good. His ERA jumped from 3.03 to 3.59 with the clunker. He'll get the Orioles next week at home.
Santiago dominates in win over Royals | 06/21/2013 11:56 PM
NewsHector Santiago spun eight innings of one-run ball Friday in a 9-1 win over the Royals.
ImpactIt was the longest outing of his major league career. Santiago was dominant, holding the Royals to just three hits while walking one and striking out five. His only mistake was a solo homer by Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning. The southpaw has pitched well while filling in for Jake Peavy (rib) and should continue to be relevant in AL-only formats in the short-term.
White Sox confirm Santiago will start Sunday | 06/05/2013 1:52 PM
NewsHector Santiago will start Sunday against the Athletics.
Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
ImpactWith Jake Peavy likely headed to the disabled list, Santiago will be promoted from the bullpen to make at least one start. The 25-year-old left-hander has a 3.40 ERA in 15 appearances (five starts) this season.
White Sox move Hector Santiago to bullpen | 05/26/2013 11:59 AM
NewsThe White Sox have moved Hector Santiago back to the bullpen.
Scott Merkin on Twitter
ImpactThat means Dylan Axelrod will remain in the rotation following John Danks' return. Santiago has the bigger upside of the two, but Santiago has plenty of relief experience and Axelrod certainly hasn't embarrassed himself in the rotation, so the decision isn't a surprise. It's possible the left-hander will get another chance to start down the line.
Hector Santiago pitches well but takes loss | 05/22/2013 11:30 PM
NewsHector Santiago took the loss Wednesday despite allowing just two runs in six innings against the Red Sox.
ImpactSantiago did his part, yielding only three hits while striking out nine, but the Chicago offense didn't provide him with very much support. The 25-year-old left-hander could be bumped from the White Sox rotation when John Danks is activated from the disabled list and will hold no further fantasy value if that happens.
Hector Santiago moved up to Wednesday | 05/21/2013 8:37 PM
NewsHector Santiago will get the start Wednesday in place of the injured Chris Sale (shoulder).
Dan Hayes on Twitter
ImpactSantiago will be starting on short rest, though he lasted just 3 1/3 innings and 80 pitches in his last outing. It could be the left-hander's last start for a while, as he's an option to be bumped from the rotation when John Danks returns.
Santiago only makes it 3 1/3 innings in loss | 05/18/2013 8:07 PM
NewsHector Santiago lasted only 3 1/3 innings Saturday as the White Sox fell to the Angels.
ImpactSantiago cruised through the first three innings but simply lost it in the fourth after yielding a solo home run to Mark Trumbo to lead off the frame. His ERA jumped from 2.23 to 2.78 and his WHIP moved from 1.08 to 1.21. The regression should have been expected. Santiago will try to bounce back next week in an easy outing against the Marlins.
Hector Santiago takes loss to Twins | 05/13/2013 11:49 PM
NewsHector Santiago took a loss to the Twins after allowing six runs -- three earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Monday.
ImpactBad timing for Santiago to have a rough outing, even if it wasn't all his fault. He struck out six and walked just one, but he did allow two homers to Aaron Hicks. With John Danks on the way back soon, the White Sox have to choose between Santiago and Dylan Axelrod for a rotation spot. Santiago seems like the better option, but Axelrod was the team's original pick and he hasn't done anything to lose his job.
Santiago matches Harvey but takes no-decision | 05/07/2013 10:03 PM
NewsHector Santiago threw seven scoreless innings to keep pace with Matt Harvey on Tuesday, but the White Sox lost to the Mets in 10 innings.
ImpactIt was a very nice turn for Santiago, who got the start due to Jake Peavy's back injury. Santiago allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out eight. It was tough luck that he didn't pick up a win, but that doesn't diminish the stellar effort. He's a good bet to get another turn in the rotation Monday against the Twins.
Santiago to keep spot over Axelrod | 05/05/2013 8:57 AM
NewsWhite Sox manager Robin Ventura appears to be leaning towards keeping Hector Santiago in the rotation over Dylan Axelrod when John Danks (shoulder) returns from the disabled list.
ImpactAxelrod has put up fourth consecutive quality starts, but the White Sox evidently believe that Santiago has more upside. It would give the Palehose four lefties in the rotation, but Ventura isn't worried about that. "If they're good,'' said Ventura. "That's where we're at. Once you lose a guy like [right-hander] Gavin [Floyd], you're going to take a major-league arm whether they're right-handed or left-handed. Ideally, you'd like to have it split up one way or another, but we're at a point where we just need the best guys.'' Danks is expected to make at least a couple more rehab starts, so things could change if Axelrod out-pitches Santiago over that time.
Santiago will take Floyd's spot in rotation | 04/27/2013 11:27 PM
NewsHector Santiago is taking over Gavin Floyd's spot in the White Sox starting rotation.
Phil Rogers on Twitter
ImpactSantiago was pressed into duty on Saturday after Floyd was removed with a flexor strain in his elbow. Santiago is likely to take his first turn on Friday against the Royals. He should probably be avoided for fantasy purposes.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Starting)||7.0||vs. Oak||Apr 14||8.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Starting)||8||2 times-last: at Tex||last: Jul 10||9|
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||2.2||vs. Sea||Jul 18||3.2|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||2||3 times-last: at Sea||last: Sep 28||4|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Wins||4||2 times-last: 2013 (ChA)|
|Innings Pitched||149||2013 (ChA)|
|Games Started||23||2013 (ChA)|
|Hits Allowed||137||2013 (ChA)|
|Runs Allowed||69||2013 (ChA)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||59||2013 (ChA)|
|Home Runs Allowed||17||2013 (ChA)|
|Earned Run Average||3.33*||2012 (ChA)|