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Ervin Ramon Santana

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 160 lb.

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Ervin Santana was signed as a free agent by scouts Clay Daniel and Donny Rowland out of the Dominican Republic in September 2000. He made his pro debut the next summer.

Santana pitched a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2011. The Angels won, 3-1, withe Indians' run scoring in the 1st inning after leadoff hitter Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error by SS Erick Aybar and came in to score on a wild pitch. It was the first no-hitter for the Angels since Mark Langston and Mike Witt joined their efforts to throw one on April 11, 1990.

The Angels were shut out in five straight Santana stats in early 2012. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was a major league first. Not surprisingly, after 6 starts, he was leading the American League with 6 losses - not that his 7.23 ERA at that point was any help. He turned things around in winning his next two starts. On June 16th, he flirted with a second career no-hitter when he retired the first 20 Arizona Diamondbacks batters of the game before giving up a single to Justin Upton with two outs in the 7th. It turned out to be the only hit of the game, and he ended up with a one-hitter, winning 2-0. He finished the season with a record of 9-13, 5.16, in 30 starts, pitching 179 innings and giving up an American League-leading 39 homers. The Angels picked up his option after the season, worth $13 million, but promptly traded him to the Kansas City Royals on October 31st in return for minor league reliever Brandon Sisk.

Santana made the Royals' starting rotation in 2013 and earned his first win for his new team in their home opener on April 8th, defeating the Minnesota Twins, 3-1, while giving up only one run in 8 innings. The Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th and Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. On June 8th, he earned win #100 of his career when he defeated the Houston Astros, 7-2. He finished the season with a record of of 9-10 and an ERA of 3.24 in 211 innings, good for an ERA+ of 127, matching a career best. He also struck out 161 batters in what was a solid performance all-around, in spite of his small number of wins. A free agent after the season, he wanted to cash in on his success, but the fact that the Royals had made him a qualifying offer meant that any team who signed him would need to give up a top draft choice. A number of teams were reported to be interested, including the Twins and Toronto Blue Jays, but in the end he signed for one year and $14.1 million with the Atlanta Braves on March 12th. The Braves had lost two of their projected starters, Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen, to injuries in the preceding week, and as a result were ready to raise their offer in order to add the only reliable starter left on the market by that point. He made a great debut for the Braves on April 9th, giving no runs on 3 hits in 8 innings against the New York Mets, picking up a 4-3 win. He was excellent in the early going, as after defeating the Chicago Cubs, 2-0, on [[May 10]th, his record was 4-0, 1.99.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (2008)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (2006, 2008 & 2010)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 & 2013)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (2008)

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