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Full Name: Johan Alexander Santana Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/195 First Game: April 3, 2000
Birthdate: March 13, 1979 MLB Experience: 7 years
Birthplace: Tovar, Merida (Venezuela)
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Born on March 13, 1979 in Tovar, Merida (Venezuela), Johan Santana (Johan Alexander Santana) played for the Minnesota Twins for his entire 7 year career. Santana broke into the bigs on April 3, 2000 with the Minnesota Twins, and put up a 6.49 ERA in 86 innings pitched in 2000, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Johan Santana's best season was 2004, when he posted a 2.61 ERA, won 20 games and struck out 265 batters.

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Career Highlights

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 ALDS opening game against the Yankees.

Scouting Report

Santana's best pitch is his changeup, because it comes out of his hand looking just like his fastball. Santana's other pitches include a slider and cutter, but it is those first two that have helped him to 3 consecutive strikeout titles.

Santana is tough on both righthanded and lefthanded hitters. He works quickly and throws a 91-95 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. He frequently rolls up double-digit strikeout totals, and many of his fans write his name with the middle initial "K" (the baseball scoring symbol for a strikeout) in place of his real middle initial. He consistently works to eliminate the difference in his throwing motions, making it very difficult for opposing batters to guess which pitch he's throwing.

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Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2000 MIN A 30 5 2 3 6.49 64 64 62 0 0 0 86 102 11 54 0 5 2
2001 MIN A 15 4 1 0 4.74 28 25 23 0 0 0 43.2 50 6 16 0 3 3
2002 MIN A 27 13 8 6 2.99 137 41 36 0 0 1 108.1 84 7 49 0 15 1
2003 MIN A 45 18 12 3 3.07 169 56 54 0 0 0 158.1 127 17 47 1 6 3
2004 MIN A 34 34 20 6 2.61 265 70 66 1 1 0 228 156 24 54 0 7 9
2005 MIN A 33 33 16 7 2.87 238 77 74 3 2 0 231.2 180 22 45 1 8 1
2006 MIN A 34 34 19 6 2.77 245 79 72 1 0 0 233.2 186 24 47 0 4 4
2007 MIN A 33 33 15 13 3.33 235 88 81 1 1 0 219 183 33 52 0 7 4
Total 251 174 93 44 3.22 1381 500 468 6 4 1 1308.2 1068 144 364 2 55 27

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2000 MIN A P 30 5 86 5 13 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 .947
2001 MIN A P 15 4 43.2 0 6 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .750
2002 MIN A P 27 13 108.1 4 9 2 0 0 1 3 3 2 .867
2003 MIN A P 45 18 158.1 3 11 3 1 0 0 4 2 2 .824
2004 MIN A P 34 34 228 9 24 4 2 0 1 6 7 4 .892
2005 MIN A P 33 33 231.2 12 25 2 0 0 2 4 5 0 .949
2006 MIN A P 34 34 233.2 12 32 1 2 0 1 4 5 0 .978
2007 MIN A P 33 33 219 14 26 0 1 0 0 6 5 4 1.000
Total P 251 174 1308.2 59 146 15 9 0 6 28 29 14 .932

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2000 MIN A 30 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 MIN A 15 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 MIN A 27 4 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 MIN A 45 3 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2004 MIN A 34 8 0 3 0 2 .375 .375 .375 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 MIN A 33 6 1 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 MIN A 34 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2007 MIN A 33 7 2 2 0 1 .286 .375 .714 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 251 31 3 8 0 3 .258 .281 .355 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Houston Astros (July 2, 1995).
  • Selected by Florida Marlins from Houston Astros in the Rule 5 major league draft (December 13, 1999).
  • Traded by Florida Marlins with cash to Minnesota Twins in exchange for Jared Camp (December 13, 1999).

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