Found January 02, 2012 on
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Santos became 2011′s poster boy for the “Don’t pay for saves” campaign and this offseason he renewed his passport, brushed up on his French and moved north of the border where he will be the Blue Jays closer for 2012 and beyond. In 2011, he took over closer duties in Chicago after plan A and B failed for the White Sox. All he did was save 30 games and strike out 92 batters over 63 1/3 innings. This year, he will pitch in a tougher division, but he’s also on a better team that should give him more save opportunities. Santos features a mid-90′s fastball, a slider (his “out” pitch) and a changeup that he rarely uses.
Best case scenario: Craig Kimbrel (ATL)
Similar players: Carlos Marmol (CHC), Drew Storen (WAS), Koji Uehara ( TEX)
Worst case scenario: Francisco Cordero (FA)
Strikeouts. Last year, Santos struck out 13.07 batter per nine innings which ranked fourth among all pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. He relies a lot on his slider as an “out” pitch.
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