Two articles on Sergio Santos:
Whether Santos’ arm always was that gifted or, as Montero would attest, an ugly duckling that blossomed, it is a sight to behold. At 240 pounds today, he generates tremendous velocity. Last season, he said, “my only goal last year was to hit 100 mph.” He did it in the final inning of his final game.
He wants to do it again this year, only in a big league park. Hitters already have enough trouble with Santos’ stuff. He has 21 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings and has limited hitters to a .161 batting average. In a bullpen full of power arms – Matt Thornton(notes), Bobby Jenks(notes), Scott Linebrink(notes) and J.J. Putz(notes) – Santos’ might be the most powerful.
And J.J. Stankevitz:
If Santos continues to emerge as a reliever, inserting him into the closer role could save the Sox upward of $8-$9 million in 2011. Although, even if Santos doesn’t continue his growth, the Sox still shouldn’t allocate that much money to a closer, especially one who’s begun to regress in the past few years.
While it’s only May of 2010, the closer role for 2011 is Santos’ to lose.