Originally Posted by johnnyg83
I like 'em both.
Santiago's FB stays a bit too straight for me sometimes and it can get launched bu even mediocre hitters.
Hector has + velocity on his fastball but you are right, it doesn't have a ton of movement. The key for Santiago is that screwball. It is his wipeout pitch and one he absolutely needs command of as a starter to get right handed hitters out. AL hitters will sit on his fastball all day if he can't get that "screwgie" over the plate. The lost command of the screwball is the reason Hector lost the closer job to Reed. Hector seemed to find it again in spot start duty late last year so maybe it is a pitch that comes to him after he works a couple innings.
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