Hector Santiago
Hector Santiago
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Mets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Hector Santiago in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Mets in January of 2019.
Not in bullpen plans
PNew York Mets  AAA
March 23, 2019
The Mets reassigned Santiago to minor-league camp Saturday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
The left-hander was hoping to win one of the last spots in the Mets' bullpen, but the club elected to keep Rule 5 pick Kyle Dowdy instead. Santiago is set to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .344 192 31 38 52 8 0 8
Since 2017vs Right .233 579 123 53 120 22 1 23
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .286 134 24 28 30 5 0 2
2018vs Right .252 326 79 32 72 19 1 14
2017vs Left .478 58 7 10 22 3 0 6
2017vs Right .211 253 44 21 48 3 0 9
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Since 2017Home 3.98 1.42 95.0 4 6 0 7.9 4.5 1.7
Since 2017Away 6.17 1.66 77.1 6 5 2 8.3 5.1 1.5
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 3.54 1.50 53.1 1 3 0 9.1 5.9 1.5
2018Away 5.55 1.68 48.2 5 0 2 9.1 4.6 1.3
2017Home 4.54 1.32 41.2 3 3 0 6.3 2.6 1.9
2017Away 7.22 1.60 28.2 1 5 0 6.9 6.0 1.9
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Santiago threw 180-plus innings in both 2015 and 2016, but he pitched just 70.1 frames last year as injuries cost him most of the final four months. The lefty got off to a great start with Minnesota, posting a 2.43 ERA and 23:8 K:BB in five April starts (29.2 innings), but he then gave up a whopping 11 homers in May before a muscle strain in his throwing shoulder forced him to the disabled list. Upper-back pain ultimately put Santiago on the shelf for good. His strikeout and walk rates weren't too far off from his marks from the previous two years, but his 6.5 K/9 was his lowest in a full season. Santiago's home-run rate exploded to 1.9 HR/9, and as a flyball-heavy, soft-tossing lefty in this offensive environment, the long ball is likely going to remain an issue. After an offseason of rest, Santiago should find himself competing for a rotation spot on a pitching-needy team in spring training, but he's a ratios grenade with no strikeout upside.
Santiago scuffled in three months of the season with a 5.25 ERA but bounced back with a 6-0 record and 1.78 ERA in six starts in July. He was then surprisingly traded to the Twins and failed to adapt to his new club, posting a 5.58 ERA with 13 home runs allowed in 11 starts. Santiago has always been one of the most flyball-heavy pitchers in the league and compounds that problem with a lack of control. Both issues were exacerbated last season with a career-worst 1.63 HR/9 and poor 3.91 BB/9. Perhaps Minnesota's new brain trust can harness his July success. While he'll likely enter the season comfortably in the middle of the Twins' rotation, he'll need to reverse last year's trends to keep a spot in the rotation and earn one on fantasy clubs. This is a contract year for Santiago, and the Twins would undoubtedly like to trade him to a contending team this summer, so it is in everyone's best interest that he gets off to a strong start.
Santiago looked primed to put together his best season in the majors after securing a rotation spot out of spring training, and he went into the break as an AL All-Star with a sparkling 2.33 ERA and 34 walks in 108.1 innings. The second half was a different story as his control completely left him, leading to a 5.47 ERA over his final 15 starts. Santiago is generally able to keep the ball in the park despite routinely being among the most flyball-heavy pitchers in the league, but the lack of grounders caught up with him in a big way in 2015 (career-worst 1.4 HR/9). His role on the club is uncertain heading into 2016 with Tyler Skaggs and C.J. Wilson eyeing healthy returns following surgery.
Manager Mike Scioscia kept a tight leash on Santiago in his first year with the Angels, as his start against the A's on April 14 was the only time he pitched at least seven innings all season. Aside from usage issues, Santiago seems to be losing velocity at an alarming rate, as his average fastball fell below 91 mph last season after being clocked at 93.8 mph in 2011. This trend correlates to a precipitous drop in Santiago's strikeout rate, which fell below 20.0% in 2014 after being as high as 25.8% during his rookie year in 2012, though some of that decline is the function of making the transition from reliever to starter. Walks are still a major concern, but Santiago posted a 2.98 ERA despite a 4.0 BB/9 in the second half of the season. With Tyler Skaggs expected to miss the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August, Santiago will likely have a shot to regain a spot in the rotation in spring training.
Santiago started the 2013 season in the bullpen, but he was in the White Sox's rotation by May after injuries took down the team's other starters. His screwball is the most novel element of his arsenal, but his sinker was a more effective pitch. He pitched particularly well in July, when opposing hitters hit .197 off him in five starts, but his effectiveness waned as the season progressed and he posted monthly WHIP's above 1.60 in August and September. His strikeout rate also fell during these months -- he had a 9.4 K/9 through July, but it fell to 6.1 over his final nine starts. This could be a sign of fatigue or diminishing skills as the innings accumulated. Sent to the Angels as part of a three-team swap in December, Santiago will try to secure a place in the back of a new-look Anaheim rotation.
Santiago surprisingly won the White Sox's closer role out of spring training to start the 2012 season, but he lost the job after blowing two saves and posting an 8.53 ERA in April. The club stretched him out later in the season, and he made four September starts. His repertoire is a bit unique in that he relies heavily on sinkers and screwballs, both of which helped him strike out 28 batters over his final 22 innings. He should continue to build up arm strength in the offseason as he pitches in the Dominican League and plans to play in the World Baseball Classic. Santiago should be in the mix for one of the final spots in the White Sox's rotation this spring.
The White Sox recalled Santiago in late June when injuries hit the pitching staff, and he appeared in only two games during his 24 days with the club. He looks more like a reliever at this point, but he will probably begin 2012 as an organizational starter at Triple-A. His leap to Double-A last season came with a slight decline in his strikeout rate (8.01 K/9IP) and a big spike in his walk rate (4.22 BB/9IP). He will need to improve the latter in order to remain a starter as he continues to advance through the system.
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Agrees to minor-league deal
PNew York Mets  AAA
January 5, 2019
Santiago signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Mets on Saturday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
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Not starting Wednesday
PChicago White Sox  AAA
September 26, 2018
Santiago won't start Wednesday against the Indians with Jace Fry scheduled to open for the White Sox in what amounts to a bullpen game, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to start Wednesday
PChicago White Sox  AAA
September 25, 2018
Santiago is tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Gets save in extra innings
PChicago White Sox  AAA
September 13, 2018
Santiago struck out one in a scoreless 12th inning to pick up the save in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Royals.
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Picks up save
PChicago White Sox  AAA
August 4, 2018
Santiago worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless 10th inning and pick up the save in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rays.
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