Hector Santiago, Starting Pitcher, Minnesota Twins
Date of Birth: 12/16/1987
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
College: Okaloosa-Walton College
Current Salary: $8,000,000
Hector Santiago, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He pitched in their minor league system from 2007 through part of 2012, first joining the White Sox in 2011 for two games.
Santiago was originally a relief pitcher for the White Sox. In 2012, he pitched 70.1 innings in 42 games. He finished the season with a 3.33 ERA, a 4-1 record, and 4 saves. The next year, he pitched 149.0 innings in 34 games. He finished the 2013 season with a 4-9 record and a 3.56 ERA.
Santiago was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in December, 2013. In his first season as a starting pitcher with the Angels, he pitched 127.1 innings in 30 games. He finished the 2014 season with a 3.75 ERA and a 6-9 record.
In 2015, Santiago pitched in 33 games with the Angels. He finished the season with a 9-9 record, 162 strikeouts to 71 walks, and a 3.59 ERA in 180.2 innings.
Santiago signed a new one-year, $5 million contract with the Angels on January 8, 2016. He was traded to the Twins on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.70 ERA in 22 games with the Angels and 11 games with the Twins. He had 13 wins to 10 losses and 144 strikeouts to 79 walks in 182.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Santiago through 2016 include:
- 174 games played
- 714.2 innings pitched
- 36-38 win-loss record
- 4 saves
- 632 strikeouts to 316 walks
- 3.84 ERA