Hector Santiago made the leap from perennial swingman to All-Star in 2015, and his Fantasy stock rose with an impressive first half. Heading into the break, Santiago sported a 2.23 ERA and 1.10 WHIP built on improvements in control as well as an unsustainably high strand rate. In the second half, Santiago's control deteriorated, his strand rate regressed and his strong flyball tendencies haunted him in the form of a 2.0 HR/9 ratio. He is probably not as good as his first half would suggest nor as bad as his second half stats, but Santiago's Fantasy value now rests on whether he can win a rotation spot with the Angels. If he does, he is worth drafting in deeper mixed leagues.
Santiago re-signed with the Angels on a one-year deal Friday, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports. Santiago and the Angels avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to a $5 million contract for the 2016 season. He had trouble keeping the ball in the yard last season, allowing a career-high 29 home runs over his 32 starts. However, he did earn his first All Star nod thanks to a 3.59 ERA with strong 2.28 K:BB rate.
Angels pitcher Hector Santiago allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Monday against Oakland. He also struck out four. Santiago continues to hang on for dear life, as he has just two quality starts in his past eight outings and has a brutal 26:26 K:BB in that span. He has now allowed 27 runs (25 earned) in just 35 innings in those eight starts, but after a walk-off victory Monday night, the Angels are somehow 5-3 in those starts.
Angels starter Hector Santiago earned his ninth win despite a shaky outing Monday against the Astros, as he allowed two runs on four hits and five walks over five innings. He struck out four. Luckily, Santiago managed to scatter the four hits, as all four were extra-base knocks, including two solo home runs. Santiago threw more balls (41) than strikes (40) and gave up 10 fly balls against one grounder, but he did just enough to keep his team in it and prevent the Astros from picking up a big inning. His ERA sits at 3.47, but he has just two quality starts in his last six outings and more walks (24) than strikeouts (22) in that span. He's hanging on for dear life at this point.
Angels starter Hector Santiago couldn't escape the first inning Thursday, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk while getting just two outs against the Twins. He was fortunate to avoid taking the loss, as Tommy Milone gave up a five spot of his own while recording only four outs, but that's the only silver lining on this start for Santiago. He's been due for regression, as Santiago's K:BB is a hideous 23:22 over his last seven starts, and yet he's managed three quality starts in that span. With the problems Santiago's had, he can't be trusted down the stretch, especially next week against an Astros team that's fighting for a playoff spot.
Angels starter Hector Santiago rebounded from a miserable stretch last Sunday and continued trending in the right direction with another fine outing Saturday night against visiting Houston. Santiago gave up just two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings, but that was only good enough for a no-decision. The lone runs he allowed were on solo blasts by Carlos Correa in the sixth and Hank Conger in the seventh. Santiago has surrendered just two runs on six hits in 13 innings over his last two starts.