Johan Santana

Pirates Scout Johan Santana

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of at least seven teams that scouted Johan Santana as he threw a bullpen session today. The reports from the session say that Santana was in excellent shape and his change-up looked good, but his velocity was topping out at 81 MPH. Santana is currently building up strength after his second shoulder surgery and this was just the third time he threw in the bullpen.

Johan Santana was once the best pitcher in baseball and the lefty is two weeks shy of his 35th birthday, so he may still have something in the tank and provide value to some team that doesn’t expect him to be a top of the rotation starter. He last pitched in 2012 for the New York Mets, when he went 6-9, 4.85 in 21 starts. The two-time Cy Young winner has led the league in WHIP four times, ERA three times and strikeouts three times. He has not pitched a full season since 2010 however, when he made 29 starts and pitched 199 innings. He missed all of 2011 with his first shoulder surgery.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • piratemike

    I hope people don’t over-react to this.

  • Mr. Goodkat

    Very intriguing, but I can’t see them taking the risk to sign him early.

    And if you wait until he’s hitting 90+ on the gun, you’re probably going to get outbid. Everyone needs pitching…

  • Andrew

    Shoulder injuries are death.

  • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

    It must be really hard on these guys to just walk away. 35 years old and still trying to find the lost glory.

    Almost sad in a way.

    • https://www.facebook.com/scott.skink Scott Skink

      Are you currently in a profession where you can earn millions for merely being a shadow of your former self? I’m not, so I see no issue with Santana looking for a payday if he can get someone to sign him.

  • themmis

    Sign him to be a coach but not like the Brandon Inge experiment.

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