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Hector Felipe Santiago (born December 16, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played for the White Sox from 2011 to 2013 and in 2018, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2014 to 2016, Minnesota Twins from 2016 to 2017, and New York Mets in 2019.

Hector Santiago
Hector Santiago on June 26, 2012.jpg
Santiago with the Chicago White Sox in 2012
Chicago White Sox – No. 53
Born: (1987-12-16) December 16, 1987 (age 31)
Newark, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 6, 2011, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record47–50
Earned run average4.14
Career highlights and awards

He played one year of college baseball at Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida. He was an All Star in 2015.

Amateur careerEdit

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

Professional careerEdit

Chicago White Sox (first stint)Edit

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]

Santiago made his MLB debut on July 6, 2011, pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals. He struck out Eric Hosmer for his first Major League strikeout. 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, 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 AngelsEdit

Santiago with the Angels

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. He had the lowest ground ball percentage among major league pitchers (29.9%), and the highest fly ball percentage (53.6%).[5][6]

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 TwinsEdit

On August 1, 2016, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traded Santiago along with Alan Busenitz to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Ricky Nolasco, Alex Meyer, and cash.[7][8] For the Twins in 2016, he was 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA.[9] Pitching for the two teams, he had the lowest line drive percentage allowed (15.9%) of all major league pitchers, the highest fly ball percentage allowed (50.0%), and gave up the highest percentage of hard-hit balls (37.3%).[10].[11][12]

He spent much of the 2017 season on the disabled list,[13] and finished with a 4-8 record and a 5.63 ERA. He elected free agency on November 2, 2017.

Chicago White Sox (second stint)Edit

On February 14, 2018, Santiago signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[14] Santiago's contract was purchased by the White Sox on March 28, and he was assigned to the Opening Day roster.[15] Santiago spent the majority of the season in the White Sox bullpen, logging in 102 innings in 49 appearances.

New York MetsEdit

On January 5, 2019, Santiago signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets. He was promoted to the major league club on May 20, following an injury to Seth Lugo.[16] Santiago was designated for assignment on June 15, and elected free agency on June 18.

Chicago White Sox (third stint)Edit

On June 21, 2019, Santiago signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. On August 6, the White Sox selected his contract.[17]

International careerEdit

Santiago played for the Puerto Rican national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic where he won a silver medal.[18]

Pitching styleEdit

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.[19] He is also one of the few pitchers in recent years to throw a screwball.[20] Lefties tend to only see fastballs and curveballs, while right-handers see mostly fastballs, changeups, and screwballs.[19]

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."[21]

See alsoEdit


  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". December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Mark Trumbo goes to Arizona Diamondbacks in three-way trade with Angels, White Sox |
  5. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2015 » Pitchers » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball
  6. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2015 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  7. ^ Miller, Phil (August 1, 2016). "Twins trade Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer to Angels for Hector Santiago". Star Tribune. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Campbell, Dave (August 1, 2016). "Twins send Nolasco, Meyer to Angels in swap for Santiago". US News. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  9. ^ Hector Santiago Stats |
  10. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2015 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  11. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  12. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  13. ^ Chase, Benjamin. "Minnesota Twins May Not See Hector Santiago Again". Fansided. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (February 14, 2018). "White Sox Sign Hector Santiago". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "White Sox's Hector Santiago: Contract purchased by White Sox". Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "White Sox call up Santiago, reinstate Castillo". August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  18. ^ Thornburg, Chad (February 8, 2017). "Young stars join Beltran, Yadi for Puerto Rico". Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Hector Santiago". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  20. ^ The Mystery of the Vanishing Screwball
  21. ^ Laurila, David (November 16, 2012). "Q&A: Hector Santiago, Screwball Artist". Fangraphs. Retrieved November 16, 2012.

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