Hector Santiago SP LAA 4 days ago

Santiago struck out eight and walked three while holding the A's to one run on three hits over six innings in a win Tuesday night.

Santiago threw 63 of his 101 pitches for strikes Tuesday, as he continues to make his case to stick in the Halos' rotation as the team's No. 5 option over the likes of Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano. Through three starts, he's posted a 17:6 K:BB over 18.1 innings. Santiago's second start of the week will come Sunday at home against the Rangers.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 2 weeks ago

Santiago (1-1) spun seven strong innings Wednesday, allowing the Rangers just a run on four hits and two walks while striking out five for his first win of the year.

Santiago struggled a bit in his first start, leaving in the sixth inning, but he gave the Angels more length this time. The impending return of Garrett Richards could end up leaving Santiago on the outside looking in for a rotation spot, but if he can find his way into a full season's worth of starts -- and keep his walks down as he has his first two times out -- he could be in line for his best MLB campaign so far.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 2 weeks ago

Santiago allowed three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings while striking out four and walking one in a losing effort Friday against the Royals.

Although he kept the Angels' offense within striking distance, Santiago fell short of receiving credit for a quality start. Andrew Heaney tossed a gem in his Triple-A debut with the Angels on Friday night, and Santiago's hold on a rotation spot is hardly firm with Garrett Richards nearing a return from knee surgery. Barring a change in course, Santiago's next start will come Wednesday at Texas.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 1 month ago

Santiago looks poised to begin the season at the back end of the Angels' four-man rotation, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The Angels don't need a fifth starter until their eighth game of the season April 14 against the Rangers, so the team could decide to go with a rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago for the first week of the season. There is no word on who the fifth starter will be at this time, but it may not be Garrett Richards (knee) as the team has stressed they want to make sure he is 100 percent healthy before he steps on the field.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 1 month ago

Santiago threw the ball well in a "B" game against the Indians on Wednesday, allowing just one earned run in six innings while striking out nine.

At this point, it looks as though Santiago has secured one of the two vacant rotation spots to begin the season. Andrew Heaney was expected to be the mainstay after Garrett Richards returns from knee surgery in early April, but the top prospect in the Angels' system has been pummeled for 13 runs in 14 innings this spring, which could allow Santiago to hang around if he can perform. It should be noted, though, that the Angels gave up a major piece of their infield in Howie Kendrick to acquire Heaney, which could make him the favorite by default.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 1 month ago

Santiago allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out two in a Cactus League outing against the Indians on Friday.

Santiago pitched relatively well Saturday, but there hasn't been a real standout of the three pitchers battling for the final two spots in the rotation to begin the season, as no candidate has an ERA better than 4.50 this spring. At this point, it seems likely that Andrew Heaney and Santiago will edge out Nick Tropeano, but the decision as to who stays when Garrett Richards (knee) returns in mid-April is decidedly less clear. The fact that Santiago was primarily a five-inning pitcher last season, however, could mean he is seen as a better fit for the bullpen.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 1 month ago

Santiago has no limitations after being hit on the forearm by a line drive in Sunday's game, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

He didn't even have a bruise, so Santiago should be considered fine moving forward. He is a swing man option for the Angels, as he does not figure to spend much time in the Angels' rotation this year, unless there are injuries to the pitchers in front of him on the depth chart.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 1 month ago

Santiago was hit in the wrist by a comebacker Sunday, causing him to make an early exit, but he's expected to take the mound for his next scheduled outing, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Santiago dealt with some swelling after leaving the start, but the issue doesn't appear to be serious. However, he should be monitored over the next few days to ensure nothing more comes of it.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 2 months ago

Santiago threw two innings of work in the Cactus League opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.

The first tuneup of the spring likely doesn't mean much, but throwing two scoreless frames is a good start for Santiago as he attempts to fill one of the two vacant spots in the rotation to open the season. Santiago really improved in the latter half of 2014, tallying a 2.98 ERA in 15 appearances (12 starts) but his ever-decreasing velocity, along with manager Mike Scoscia's tendency to limit his starts to six innings or less last season, could make him more of a matchup play if he cracks the rotation.

Hector Santiago SP LAA 2 months ago

Santiago will start the Cactus League opener against the Brewers on Thursday, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com

With Garrett Richards (knee) set to start the season on the disabled list, the Angels will be looking to fill two spots in the rotation for opening day. Santiago was limited as a starter last season, as he threw just seven innings once in 24 starts, but was able to post a 2.98 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) after the All-Star break. With Tyler Skaggs' (elbow) spot in the rotation expected to be given to either Andrew Heaney or Nick Tropeano, Santiago and a handful of other candidates seem to be auditioning as a fill-in for Richards, which may only guarantee whoever gets the job two or three starts, as the 26-year-old is set to return in mid-April.