In need of pitching this past offseason, the Los Angeles Angels decided to acquire help by trading for two young pitchers in exchange for outfielder Mark Trumbo.
One of the pitchers that the Halos received in the deal was Hector Santiago, who is expected to step in as the team’s No.5 starter. So far this Spring Training, Santiago seems to be adjusting well to his new team, as he has a 1.74 ERA with a .171 batting average against him in 11.o innings pitched over three starts.
This an encouraging sign for Los Angeles, as the 26 year old is entering his first season with the ball club as a solid month of Spring Training will certainly be a step in the right direction in hopes of a strong start to the 2014 regular season. It is highly important for Santiago to experience some success during Spring Training, as it will help him build confidence in that he can be an effective starting pitcher on the mound in the majors.
The left-hander does not have much experience as a starter in his three-year career in the majors, as last season with the Chicago White Sox was his first go-around as a starting pitcher; he made 23 starts in the 34 games he appeared in with a 4-9 record, 3.56 ERA, 137 strikeouts in 149.0 innings pitched.
With that said, Santiago’s solid start to this year’s Spring Training is an essential stepping stone in order for any early success occur this upcoming season. The Angels will need him to be an effective pitcher at the back end of the starting rotation that was a merry-go-round all of last season for the team.