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Pitcher Preview: Samuel Deduno vs Hector Santiago

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Both Chicago and Minnesota have pitchers on the mound today with something to prove.

Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Samuel Deduno 7-6 15 15 0 0 0 0 94.0 90 39 37 6 36 54 3.54 1.34

Deduno's ability to strike batters out seems to be directly proportional to how well he can command his pitches. If he's wild, it feels like he's more likely to get a few additional swing-and-misses. Or maybe that's just me. It's worth studying. Either way - Deduno has still been the Twins' best starter this season. It'd be great to see him get back on track with a strong effort this afternoon.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Hector Santiago 3-7 28 17 0 0 0 0 117.2 99 53 44 14 55 119 3.37 1.31

Santiago is a 30th-round draft pick. And looks like he could be a good pitcher. But as will all young pitchers, especially late-round selections, it's going to take a couple of years of repeat performances before people can believe in him as a guy who could help lead Chicago's rotation into the future. Right now you have to admit, he looks pretty damned good.