Edgar Santana

EDGAR SANTANA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 16, 1991
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Santana was within a few days of 22 when he signed, which is unusually old.  In fact, he never played baseball at all until he was 19.  His fastball sits around 94-95 and can get up to 97 or a little higher.  He also throws a slider.

2014
DSL:  1-3-2, 3.72 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 19.1 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 5.1 K/9

Santana pitched in relief in his debut.  He showed very good control, but opponents batted .342 against him.

2015
A-:  1-0-3, 2.70 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 30.0 IP, 1.5 BB/9, 9.6 K/9
A:  0-0-1, 4.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 12.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 11.7 K/9

Probably because he was old for a Dominican prospect just reaching the US, the Pirates assigned Santana to Morgantown.  He pitched very well there, striking out over a batter an inning and holding hitters to a .219 average, while walking few batters.  The Pirates were impressed enough that they moved Santana up to the West Virginia Power in early August.  He continued to pitch well there, with a higher K rate, but he did have some gopher ball problems, allowing three in just over a dozen innings.  He had no real platoon split between the two levels.

2016
A+:  2-0-0, 0.81 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 22.1 IP, 0.8 BB/9, 8.1 K/9
AA:  2-1-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 8.5 K/9
AAA:  0-0-1, 5.06 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

Santana continued his rapid rise through the Pirates’ system.  He started off at Bradenton, but after nine dominant outings the Pirates promoted him to Altoona.  He pitched well there through 21 games and they promoted him to Indianapolis.  He had a good deal more trouble in AAA.  He didn’t strike out huge numbers of hitters at the two lower levels, but his K rates were comfortably above the league averages, which were 7.6 K/9 in both cases.  He was helped by low BABIPs, .220 at Bradenton and .264 at Altoona.  Conversely, in AAA he suffered from a very high BABIP of .382.  His FIP, oddly enough, was slightly better in AAA than AA, 3.61 to 3.67.  He was a very strong groundball pitcher throughout.  On the season as a whole, Santana dominated left-handed hitters, holding them to a .469 OPS.  Right-handed hitters had a .691 OPS against him.

Santana will open the 2017 season at age 25, but he won’t be eligible for the Rule 5 draft until after that season.  He made a very strong showing in the Arizona Fall League and also pitched well in spring training.  Santana will open at Indianapolis, but he could well be an option at some point during the season.  The one factor that may work against him is not being on the 40-man roster.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2017: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
October 12, 2013: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.

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