Blue Jays re-sign Santos to minor league deal

 The Toronto Blue Jays re-signed right-hander Luis Santos to a minor league deal on Monday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

The Toronto Blue Jays re-signed right-hander Luis Santos to a minor league deal on Monday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays added a familiar arm on Monday, signing RHP Luis Santos to a minor league pact that comes with an invite to spring training.

Santos, 26, has spent the last three seasons in the Blue Jays' system and owns an overall minor league ERA of 3.64 through 598 innings since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization as a 20-year-old international free agent in 2011.

In 2017, the 6-foot product of Bonao, D.R. went 3-12 over 24 appearances with triple-A Buffalo and earned his first major league call-up when rosters expanded in September.

Through 10 games with the Blue Jays (16 2/3 IP), Santos recorded an ERA of 2.75 while striking out 16 and walking only four batters. Of the five earned runs he was charged with, four came via the home run. 

Outrighted off the 40-man roster in November, it's likely that Santos will begin the 2017 campaign back in Buffalo where he will pitch out of the rotation in an attempt find his way back on to a big league roster.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.