There once was a time where Hector Santiago was an up and coming left-handed pitcher. In 2015, Santiago made his first and only All-Star team as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. Despite allowing the most home runs in the American League, he pitched to a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts.
Up close and personal during Hector Santiagoâ€™s bullpen session. Just wrapped up, after over hearing pitching coach Glenn Abbott. Gagnon threw 34 & Santiago threw a total of 32. Towards the end Adeiny Hechavarria joined in to watch. #SaturdayMorning #SYRMets #Mets pic.twitter.com/YLM8JIkoWm
— Seth Cooper (@Seth_Coop) April 20, 2019
After pitching to a 4.80 ERA, seeing his walks increase and pitching nowhere near his All-Star form, he landed a minor league contract with the Mets. Santiago is a local pitcher who was born and raised in New Jersey. It fulfilled a dream of his to pitch in front of his family.
His Mets tenure only lasted a couple of months, which puts him in the obscure category. Santiago pitched well in Syracuse with a 3.56 ERA, which earned him a call to the majors in May. After two scoreless outings to start his season, he allowed runs in five of his next six outings.
His only win came in an extra-innings appearance against the Detroit Tigers. He went two innings, using 44 pitches to tip-toe in and out of trouble, which allowed the Mets to walk-off in the 13th inning. The Mets released him on June 18th, and he landed with the White Sox to finish out his season.
Santiago signed a minor league deal with the Tigers heading into this year’s Spring Training. At 32 years old, he still has a chance to rekindle his career after dominating the winter leagues.