SP Gavin Floyd was added to the 60-day Disabled List following elbow surgery, while SP Jake Peavy has had several starts moved due to a nagging back injury. Not to mention the fact that SP John Danks has yet to pitch this year due to a shoulder injury.
Amidst the rotation carousel, the team has received some quality starts from reliever turned starter, Hector Santiago. Santiago has started twice for the Chi-Sox and the former setup man has turned in two gems.
In 12.1 innings, Santiago has only allowed six hits and one earned run. The southpaw has lowered his ERA all the way down to 1.69 despite pitching in more innings. He has made the most of his starts this season and has quietly put up astonishing fantasy numbers in the process.
Santiago would have picked up a win in his last start against the New York Mets, but he unfortunately ran into the superstar that is SP Matt Harvey. Santiago still pitched seven scoreless innings and dominated in his own right. He only gave up four hits while striking out a staggering eight batters. It was easily the best effort of the 25-year-old’s career and officially put him on the map.
The New Jersey native has an amazing four-seam fastball. He pounds it inside on right-handed hitters and loves to make lefties chase it in the dirt. He is also great at getting ahead of the count, which is valuable no matter where you are pitching.
Santiago may be moved back into the pen at some point in the future, but this kid has proven to be a legitimate fantasy hurler. As long as he is in the rotation, he is worth a fantasy roster spot.