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Andres M. Santiago
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 218 lb.
- School Colegio Carmen Sol
 Biographical Information
Andres Santiago has pitched in the minors and for the Puerto Rican national team.
Santiago was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round of the 2007 amateur draft; the scout was Manny Estrada. By the end of 2011, four other right-handed pitchers chosen that round had made the majors. The Bayamon native debuted with the 2007 GCL Dodgers, going 1-0 with six runs allowed in 12 innings; he walked nine and hit 3. In 2008, he had a 1-0, 4.00 record for the same club. Moving to the AZL Dodgers, he struggled in 2009 with a 3-4 record, 2 saves and a 7.17 ERA. The next season, he was 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA for the AZL Dodgers.
In 2011, the right-hander was 8-5 with a 5.03 ERA for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He was then chosen to represent Puerto Rico in international competition. In the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he made two appearances. In Puerto Rico's upset win over defending champion Team USA, he relieved Nelvin Fuentes in the 5th inning with a 3-0 lead, men on the corners and one out. He fanned Brett Carroll, walked Matt Clark and then got Chad Tracy to hit into a force. In the 6th, he allowed a single to Tommy Mendonca, struck out Travis d'Arnaud, walked Jordan Danks, struck out Jordy Mercer and walked Brett Jackson. With the bases loaded and two out, he was relieved by Joe Torres, who allowed two inherited runs to score but preserved the lead. His other appearance was a start against 2011's champions, the Dutch national team. He allowed a first-inning homer to Sidney de Jong. In the 4th, he allowed a single to Mariekson Gregorius and a one-out double to Curt Smith to make it 2-0. Juan Padilla relieved. Santiago took the loss as Tom Stuifbergen and David Bergman combined for a shutout for the Netherlands.
In the 2011 Pan American Games, he got the start against Cuba (which would win the Silver Medal). He allowed 7 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs in 2 1/3 innings before Padilla replaced him. Puerto Rico rallied and would send the game to extra innings before falling.