Angels 2015 In-House Rotation Options
Aug 27, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starter Hector Santiago (53) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Hector Santiago is the most experienced name on this list, as he started 24 games for the Halos this past season. Santiago was acquired from the Chicago White Sox last December.
The 26-year-old southpaw’s debut season for Los Angeles was marred by inconsistency. Santiago stumbled out of the gate, going a combined 0-6 with a 4.82 ERA for the Angels in April and May. But the heat of the summer sun seemed to bring out the best in Hector, as he went a combined 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in June, July, and August. Santiago struggled down the stretch going 2-2 with a 6.20 ERA in the month of September for Anaheim. There was no fist pumping at the club after the rough September this New Jersey native had.
Santiago was a top prospect in the White Sox organization, so the potential is there. He tends to rely heavily on his fastball changeup combination, and cultivating a quality breaking ball should be his top priority this offseason. His command improved in 2014, as his walks per 9 innings rate dropped from 4.3 in 2013 to 3.7 this past year.
It is hard to say exactly what the Angels have in Santiago, but if he can build off his impressive performance this summer there is no reason he cannot lock down the final spot in the rotation next spring.