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|2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Pls rank these potential Wainright replacement for ROS:
Cosart, Hector Santiago, Haren, Locke, Wood, Wandy, Colome & Happ. Thanks!|
(Joey from PA)
|I'd go Cosart, Wood, Santiago, Haren, Happ, Locke, Colome, Wandy. (Bret Sayre)|
|2015-04-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Thoughts on 2 Angel throwaways, Hector Santiago & Giavotella? Should they be owned in 14 team leagues?|
(Greg from NY)
|Santiago should be owned (CJ Wittmann)|
|2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will the Screwball ever make it back into the regular arsenal of an MLB starter, or is it pretty much a dead pitch at this point?|
(Edwin from Milwaukee)
|Hector Santiago throws one, not very often. Trevor Bauer's "reverse slider" is a modified screwball. It seems to have gone the way of the Dodo. Is it dead? Nothing is baseball is dead forever. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Trying to plan ahead for 1st round of playoffs in two weeks, which two-starter should I pick up? Colby Lewis (@KC, vs. SEA) or Hector Santiago (@HOU, @MIN)? Thanks.|
(Owen from Boston)
|Santiago, and it's not a hard choice IMO (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||My 16-team dynasty points team offense is stacked. We start 5 SP each week and I've got 3 safe ones, 2 injury risks and the rest are veterans coming off surgery. There are about 400 players kept so there are only back-end MLB starters available in the draft. Would you advise targeting those types (Hector Santiago, Scott Kazmir, Tyson Ross, etc.) to address my immediate need? Or would you go for higher ceiling SP prospects to (Crick, Stroman, H. Harvey, Urias, etc.) that are farther away? The thinking with the latter is trading said prospects could yield a better MLB SP than what is available in the draft. Thanks!|
(Kiko from Cali)
|This is a great question and I'm not sure there's one right answer. I shade towards the side of picking the prospects, because of the three guys you listed I really only like Kazmir and I worry about his health, but it's hard to answer without knowing how your league values prospects who aren't close to the majors. I am a huge fan of all four prospects you listed though. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Thoughts on the Angels/Dbacks/White Sox trade? How do you like Santiago and Skaggs in Anaheim?|
(Dennis from LA)
I'm glad somebody asked this.
Let's start with the White Sox. A lot of the smart baseball folks on my Twitter timeline were enthused by Adam Eaton, but I'm not all that excited. Even if you see him as a starter and not a fourth outfielder, Eaton's upside seems limited to me. His batting averages in the minor leagues were PCL driven and I see more of a .260 hitter here with not enough power to make a huge splash. From a needs perspective, I can see why the Sox gave up Hector Santiago, but I think the Sox could have done a little better.
The Diamondbacks made the play for a big power hitter, but while Mark Trumbo might hit 35-40 home runs for Arizona he has a number of flaws. He isn't a good on base option, and his defense in the outfield is going to be a big downgrade for the D-backs. Moving an outfielder made sense for Arizona but moving Eaton for another outfielder isn't necessarily the right play. Trumbo is an overall upgrade on Eaton, though, so even though the Diamondbacks are paying a lot for the right to this upgrade, it is an improvement overall.
However, the Diamondbacks didn't just give up Eaton. They also gave up on Tyler Skaggs. A number of scouts/scouting types are down on Skaggs now, but he's still very young and could develop into more than just a #3 or #4 starter. The Angels give up Trumbo and lose out on a power hitter but gain some considerable upside in both Skaggs and Santiago...and avoid paying a pitcher like Ubaldo Jimenez $15-16 million per year in this crazy free agent market. Maybe Skaggs and Santiago work out and maybe they don't, but I like the play that the Angels made here. From a fantasy perspective, the park is going to help both of those pitchers out a lot, but from a baseball perspective the Angels suddenly look a lot stronger than they did yesterday. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)||So I'm walking around the hotel in my Birkenstocks, thinking about taking a bath, when I hear about todays three-team trade. Who are the trades fantasy winners/losers?|
(Jeff Passan from #BathEvening)
I already answered the three-way-trade question a couple of questions ago, but looked at it more from an MLB perspective. From a fantasy standpoint, Adam Eaton probably figures to gain more playing time, while Alejandro de Aza could lose time or get traded. Mark Trumbo should see a home run boost moving from Anaheim to Arizona. Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago both benefit moving to pitchers' parks. Archie Bradley is the sneaky winner; he might have seen his timetable moved forward with the trade of Skaggs out of the organization. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Angels rotation: Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago, Tyler Skaggs
Any strong opinions as either Buy/Sell for 2014?|
(Robert from California)
No, not particularly. A lot depends on your league. Weaver's declining strikeout rates make him a sell if people still value him like the pitcher he was 3-4 years ago, but everyone else is probably valued appropriately. I think Skaggs might be overvalued if people see him as the prospect he was a few years ago. Richards could sneak in cheap, but I'd like to see more refinement of his secondary stuff (not only the pitches but the sequencing) before buying in on him. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)||Who are some low owned SPs that are good stashes for next year? Wily Peralta? Nate Eovaldi?|
(The Dude from Couch)
|Hey Dude. I hope you're abiding.
This question depends on what you define as low and what ownership percentage you're looking at. I'll use ESPN and 10% or lower as the threshold.
Hector Santiago is only owned in 9.5% of ESPN leagues. Everyone keeps waiting for him to falter, but he's striking out over a batter an inning and continues to pitch very well. He's a must own for me.
Danny Salazar is probably going to be on an innings limit this year, but he should crack the rotation next year with a decent spring. His stuff is electric, even if he is "just" a two-pitch pitcher. He's a nice speculative add.
Jenrry Mejia has looked terrific so far. Health is pretty much the question with him. He's trying to throw a little less hard to keep the strain off of his arm, but he's still getting results. Yes, there's risk here. But in a mixed league, if you're stashing guys, go high ceiling. The guys who are free agents - even in a mixer - all have question marks. Go with upside, not boring "certainty" (Mike Gianella)
|2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)||I appreciated the conversation about head-to-head playoffs on the recent ToP podcast. If you had a pick one or two under-the-radar but potentially difference making bats and arms for September, who might they be?|
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
|You mean guys that are free agents? I already mentioned Hector Santiago in another question, but for a guy with his numbers he gets no love. If your league is heavily skewed toward wins, maybe he's not such a good idea; otherwise, what's not to like.
Will Venable is an interesting guy, especially in H2H where you're talking points and BA/OBP won't drag you down. The runs/RBI aren't great, but the power/speed/XBH tend to count more in H2H. He's 5.4% in ESPN as I write this. He's underrated for H2H. (Mike Gianella)
|2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think about Hector Santiago the rest of the way? |
(Jim from St Paul)
|He's been great in his tiny sample as a starter for his career, but it's tiny so it's not terribly reliable. Mostly a wait-and-see, stream type in 10- and 12-team mixed leagues. (Paul Sporer)|
|2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Doug, really curious to get your take on Hector Santiago: what do you think of the delivery generally, but more interestingly what kind of added injury risk does a screwball pitcher present in 2013? |
(Matt from NJ)
|The screwball itself does not necessarily increase injury risk. In fact, one of the stressors of secondary stuff is the supination necessary to throw cutters, sliders, and curves - the arm pronates naturally after release point, and more supination requires greater degrees of post-RP pronation during the deceleration phase. In this sense, pre-pronated pitches like sinkers, changeups, and screwballs can actually be less taxing on the arm. But it really depends on how the pitchers throws it. (Doug Thorburn)|
|2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)||The Hector Santiago hype is soaring. Are you as high on him as others seem to be? I assume the White Sox will shut him down at some point since he threw less than 90 innings last year. |
(James from Chicago)
|I am not as high on Santiago as others. His mechanics have some issues - his momentum is decent, but Santiago has a closed stride as well as a tendency to release the ball before reaching full extension. The result is a deceptive angle, but the lack of distance at release gives batters a longer look at the ball. I do like the balance and posture, so there is upside there, but I am not very swayed by his 26.3 innings of work thus far. I also agree with your point about his workload. I would be trying to sell if I owned him in fantasy.
On the jukebox: Rage Against the Machine, "Bombtrack" (Doug Thorburn)
|2012-11-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What are your feelings on Hector Santiago? He only made 4 starts, but in those 19 innings he struck out 26 hitters, and lefties who can miss bats like that and throw 93-94 don't grow on trees. Does he have enough secondary stuff to stick in the rotation?|
(justiniodiddly from Chi)
|The breaking stuff needs work, but the action on the pitch is sharp and late when he stays on top. It's about command and repeating the arm action. Solid mid-rotation arm with some upside. I don't see him getting to No. 2 status, but he can be a good 3. (Jason A. Churchill)|
|2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Nate Jones a good "vulture" to keep in an AL-only dynasty lg? I have to decide between Hector Santiago and Jones to leave off my roster for an expansion draft.|
(jlarsen from chicago)
|Not sure how much of a vulture Jones will be, but I think he's a better pitcher than Santiago, and will provide more value. I'd boot Santiago, and hold onto Jones. (Josh Shepardson)|
|2012-03-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How did you find 20 White Sox prospects you like more than Hector Santiago? |
(Jim from Albany, NY)
|Santiago has had a great spring, and will likely break camp in the big leagues as a part of the White Sox bullpen, but for me, that's also his ceiling . . . just a part of a major league bullpen. (Kevin Goldstein)|
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