On Saturday night in the Dominican league, Edgar Santana made his winter debut. The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher, who just celebrated his birthday last Monday, has never played winter ball before. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent him to the Arizona Fall League last year, where he threw 14.1 shutout innings, which includes the two outs from his appearance in the Fall-Stars game. He made his big league debut on June 10th of this season and ended up posting a 3.50 ERA in 19 appearances, with 20 strikeouts over 18 innings.
Santana didn't have a strong winter debut, picking up the loss. He faced three batters, allowing a single and a double, before getting a pop out to second base for his only out. Those two runs scored and it ended up coming from the "help" of some former/current Pirates. On...
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