Card #98 - Hector Santiago
Born: December 16, 1987
Santiago was selected in the 30th round of the 2006 amateur draft by the White Sox. He made a slow climb up the ranks, landing in AA Birmingham for the first time in 2011. Once there, he was plucked onto the parent team.
Hector was called up to replace John Danks on the roster. Santiago made his MLB debut on July 6, 2011 against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched a perfect ninth inning.
The next day, he came into the game, against the Minnesota Twins, with two out in the fourth inning. Philip Humber had a rare bad outing and Santiago stepped in to mop up. Hector gave up one hit and one walk over four and a third innings.
When Danks returned from the DL, Hector was sent back to AA. While he was up with the Sox, everyone raved about his command, so expect Santiago to be called back up, if needed.