Spring Training Stats: 2.76 ERA, 16.1 IP, 11 H, 19 K, 6 BB
Why He's Not for Real
There's no doubt that Hector Santiago has posted some big-time numbers this spring for the Los Angeles Angels. Still, there are a couple of reasons why I'm not convinced that the left-hander is for real, at least not as a starter.
First, while Santiago has punched out 19 batters in 16.1 innings of work this spring, the 26-year-old has also issued six free passes. Looking at his minor-league numbers, there's definitely some concern about his lack of command, as Santiago has posted a 4.1 BB/9 ratio in six seasons.
There's also the consideration that during those six campaigns, Santiago only made 27 starts out of a total of 156 appearances. Last year, as a member of the Chicago White Sox, the lefty started 23 times in 34 appearances.
It's quite possible that Santiago can overcome his command issues and lack of starting experience, but both will be major factors to keep an eye on this season.
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