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Johan Santana

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Johan Santana

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Johan Santana

Age 26
Position Starting Pitcher
Team Minnesota Twins
Years of Experience 5 years
Height 6-0
Weight 207lbs
Throws Left
Bats Left
College N/A
2005 Salary $4,750,000
Place of Birth Tovar, Mrida State, Venezuela
Seclection Signed as amateur free agent 1995
Major League Debut May 03, 2000


Johan Alexander Santana (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins.



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Biography



Born in Tovar, Mrida State, Venezuela, Santana was signed by the Houston Astros as a non-draft free agent in 1995. Selected by the Florida Marlins from Houston in the 1999 rule 5 draft, Santana was traded to the Twins. Finally, he made his debut in the 2000 season.

Santana is tough on both righthanded and lefthanded hitters. He works quickly and throws a 95 mph (153 km/h) fastball, a hard slider and a changeup. His pitches are too close to take, but difficult to drive, then batters find themselves lunging after balls that are down and out of the strike zone.

A long reliever most of his career, in 2003 Santana took over a starting role after pitching in the bullpen nearly four months. He went 8-0 after August and pitched the ALCS opening game against the Yankees.

2004 season

In 2004 Santana enjoyed one of the great second halves of modern times. His streak of dominance has been compared to Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. He became the first pitcher since 1961 to give up four or fewer hits in ten straight starts, and his 13-0 record broke the old Major League second-half mark shared between Burt Hooton and Rick Sutcliffe.

It is interesting to compare that Santana's other second-half numbers, 11.13 strikeouts per nine innings, 1.21 ERA, 4.74 hits per nine innings, and 6.73 baserunners per nine innings, are mostly better than Bob Gibson's famous 1968 numbers (7.91 SO per 9 IP, 1.12 ERA, 5.84 hits per 9 IP, 7.77 baserunners per 9 IP). Beside this, Santana set a team season record with 265 strikeouts, surpassing the old 258 mark registered by Bert Blyleven in 1973.

Santana finished in good form with a 20-6 record, and lead the American League pitchers in strikeouts (265), ERA (2.61), strikeouts per 9 IP (10.46), WHIP (0.92), batting average allowed (.192), OBP (.249), SLG (.315) and OPS (.564), walking only 54 in 228 innings. Opponents stole only six bases in seven attempts against him, and his 20 victories ranked him second behind only Curt Schilling, who won 21 games for the Red Sox. He easily won the AL Cy Young Award over Schilling with all 28 first-place votes.

2005 season

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Santana about to pitch to the Devil Rays.

In the first inning of 2005, Santana struggled, giving up four runs, but he quickly regained his composure and returned to his Cy Young-winning form in an 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners. In his second game, he rocked the Chicago White Sox with 11 strikeouts as the Twins rolled to a 5-2 win. Following a brief slump in May 2005, Santana worked on improving his pitching form and was immediately rewarded with a seven-inning, two-run outing against the Toronto Blue Jays in which the Twins won 7-2.

Career statistics

In a five-season career, Santana has compiled a 43-18 record with 658 strikeouts and a 3.49 ERA in 619. 1 innings.

Santana is one of the few American League pitchers who is able to hit well, amassing a career batting average of .312 in 16 plate appearances, with 2 runs batted in. His OPS is .625, remarkable for a pitcher. He has not batted yet in the postseason, owing primarily to the fact that the Twins have not advanced to the World Series in the time that he has been with the team.

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es:Johan Santana ja:ヨハン・サンタナ

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