Luis Santos

Position: RHP
Born: 02/11/91
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on April 6, 2015 (TOR). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on April 11, 2011 (PIT).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
3-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 28 games, 21 of them starts, between New Hampshire (Double-A) and Buffalo (Triple-A), striking out 102 and walking 47 in 114 2/3 innings while giving up 97 hits for a .228 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Buffalo on September 2 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/02/17

Debut Details
September 2, in a 7-2 win against the Orioles. The third of five pitchers, he allowed one run on two hits over three-and-one-third innings, striking out three without walking a batter. Of 51 pitches thrown, 34 were for strikes. He also threw one wild pitch and made an error. Coming on to start the fifth inning for left-handed reliever Matt Dermody, he struck out Mark Trumbo swinging (the batter whose line drive had knocked out starter Marcus Stroman), retired Welington Castillo on a fly ball to center and, after Seth Smith reached on an error by Santos himself, got Tim Beckham to line out to left to end the inning. In the sixth, Manny Machado grounded out to shortstop and Jonathan Schoop struck out swinging before Adam Jones singled to right and moved to second on a wild pitch. However, he was stranded when Trey Mancini popped out foul to the catcher. In the seventh, Chris David flew out to left, Trumbo popped out to first base and Castillo grounded out to third. Smith, though, led off the eighth with a home run to center. Beckham then struck out looking before right-handed reliever Dominic Leone took over on the mound for Santos.

Player Notes
A starter by trade, Santos' presence and ability to pitch several innings came in very handy in his debut, when Jays starter Marcus Stroman was hit in the arm by a comebacker line drive in the second inning and had to leave the game. Originally signed at a fairly old (for the Dominican Republic) 20 years old by the Pirates, he was dealt to the Royals on November 28, 2012, in a multiplayer deal for fist baseman Clint Robinson, before being released at the end of 2015 spring training but being scooped up by the Jays just four days later. He had spent his first two pro summers in the Dominican Summer League, coming stateside only when he joined the Royals, and going 7-1 with a 1.97 ERA in 10 starts between two short-season stops at Burlington and Idaho Falls that summer, limiting hitters to a .198 average in 59 1/3 innings. Moving up to a pair of full-season Class A stops in 2014, he combined to go 8-5 with a 3.74 ERA between Lexington (Class A) and Wilmington (High A) with a .230 BAA in 118 innings. He moved over to Dunedin (High A) in his Blue Jays debut in 2015, going 6-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 games and split 2016 between Dunedin and New Hampshire (Double-A), going 9-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 26 games, 22 of them starts, striking out 117 in 127 innings while walking just 37.