The K Zone

November 1, 2012

More notes about new Royal Ervin Santana

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

Here’s some random stuff that didn’t make today’s story

about the Royals’ acquistion of starting pitcher Ervin Santana from the Angels.

General manager Dayton Moore on whether the Royals would consider giving Santana a long-term deal:

“We’ll see. Right now, we’re just proud to have him and he certainly fits with what we’re doing for 2013.”

Santana on a possible long-term deal with the Royals:

“Yeah, I would be interested. But let’s see how it is first and we’ll go from there.”

Moore on how the Royals scouts evaluated Santana:

“Our evaluations were actually very consistent on it. He's obviously been somebody who has been a high inning guy. He's always been consistent with 600-plus innings over the last three years. Our scouting judgement was consistent with regard to him impacting and being an upgrade on our rotation. Our analytical, statistical judgment confirmed that, as did our medical information.”

Speaking of those statistics,

? Santana’s FIP last season was 5.63, the worst of his career, according to FanGraphs. Santana’s previous worst was 5.13 in 2007. Santana’s WAR last season was minus-0.9, the first year he finished in negative territory.

Looking at some traditional numbers, Santana has had mixed success in his career at AL Central ballparks.

Santana is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in seven career games at U.S. Cellular Field with a 1.176 WHIP. At Cleveland’s Progressive Field, he is 1-4 in six career starts with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP.

Detroit’s Comerica Park hasn’t been much better for Santana. He’s 3-3 with a 5.02 ERA in seven career starts with a 1.372 WHIP. Santana has made 1 start at Target Field in Minnesota, getting a victory after allowing two earned runs in 7.1 innings.

At Kauffman Stadium, Santana has a 3-2 record in eight career starts with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.490 WHIP.

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