Ervin Santana, Starting Pitcher, Minnesota Twins, #54


Date of Birth: 12/12/1982
Birthplace: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $13,500,000

Ervin Santana, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, started his professional baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels in 2000. He played in their minor league system from 2001 through 2004.

In 2005, Santana pitched 133.2 innings in 23 games with the Angels. He had a 12-8 win-loss record with a 4.65 ERA. Three years later, in 2008, he had a career high 214 strikes (to 47 walks).

Santana had perhaps his best season in 2011. On July 27, 2011, he pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. He finished the season with career highs in innings pitched (228.2) and games played (33). He had a 3.38 ERA with an 11-12 record and 178 strikeouts to 72 walks.

The Angels traded Santana to the Kansas City Royals in October, 2012. In 2013, he pitched 211.0 innings in 32 games and finished with a career low ERA of 3.24 and a 9-10 record.

Santana became a free agent after the 2013 season ended and in March, 2014, he signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. He finished the 2014 season with a 14-10 record, 179 strikeouts to 63 walks, and a 3.95 ERA in 196.0 innings in 31 games.

Santana signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 2014.

On April 3, 2015, Santana was suspended for 80 days for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. He finished the 2015 season with a 7-5 record, 82 strikeouts to 36 walks, and a 4.00 ERA in 108.0 innings in 17 games.

Santana finished the 2016 season with a 3.38 ERA, 7 wins to 11 losses, and 149 strikeouts to 53 walks in 181.1 innings in 30 games.

Statistics for Santana in twelve seasons (2005-2016) in the major leagues include:

  • 8 seasons with 30 or more games, with a high of 33 in 2006, 2010, and 2011
  • 5 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 228.2 in 2011
  • 5 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 214 in 2008

Career pitching statistics for Santana through 2016 include:

  • 346 games played
  • 2,172.0 innings pitched
  • 133-116 win-loss record
  • 1,738 strikeouts to 678 walks
  • 4.09 ERA

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Ervin Santana
ESPN - Ervin Santana