Coming into camp this spring, Hector Santiago was prepared for both a starting role or a job in the bullpen for the Chicago White Sox. With the depth of starters for the Sox and the need for a long man in their pen, Santiago was given a spot as a reliever rather than a starter.
Now, two weeks into the season, I think it’s time the lefty gets his chance in the Pale Hose rotation.
Santiago has been arguably the best reliever for Chicago so far. In eight innings pitched in 2013, Santiago has allowed just one hit and zero runs. The left-hander has an incredible 0.50 WHIP as well, and it’s also worth mentioning that in four starts last year, Santiago went 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA.
Although the Sox do have a crowded rotation even without the injured John Danks, Santiago has earned the right to be given a shot as a starter for the South Siders.
I’m not saying the Sox should demote one of their current starters to the bullpen quite yet. Rather, they should give Santiago a spot start in the next week or so. The Sox are currently in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. By giving Santiago a spot start, they would not only get to see how the lefty fares in the rotation, but it would also give all their starters an extra day of rest.
If Santiago is eventually given the opportunity to start for Chicago, I fully expect him to prove himself as a quality left-handed starter. The Sox may have the next ace lefty starter sitting in their pen, and I believe now is the perfect time to allow him to prove this.