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  1. I believe I read somewhere that eh was out of options so if he was sent to AAA he would have to clear waivers. That may have something to do with the decision.

    I don’t pretend to completely understand the option system (despte a recent post here that helped alot) so I may be way off base.

    Comment by MikeS — March 31, 2010 @ 9:31 am

  2. I don’t think there is a statistically valid way to project Santos. There just isn’t a large enough sample size anyway you cut it. He certainly doesn’t have enough innings to say whether or not he’s going to be replacement level or not. There aren’t enough comparable situations to his either.

    This may just be a case of throwing your hands up in the air and saying: “I don’t know!”

    Comment by DavidCEisen — March 31, 2010 @ 10:22 am

  3. Bingo. Since Santos is out of options, this is essentially quite similar to a Rule 5 pick from the low minors with a big arm. I doubt the White Sox believe he will contribute a lot in 2010 (they may not even think of him as a positive contributor) but the long-term upside justifies carrying him as the 11th or 12th pitcher on the staff.

    Comment by Garrett — March 31, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  4. i’m feeling Luis Perdomo circa 2009 as the most likely outcome for Santos.

    Comment by SF 55 for life — March 31, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  5. Is there some kind of bet between Fangraphs writers to see who can write the most irrelevant article?

    Comment by dickey simpkins — March 31, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  6. Look at you, complaining about free baseball content on a site you don’t have to visit.

    Santos was involved in the Orlando Hudson for Troy Glaus trade. Hardly irrelevant that a former top SS prospect converts to a pitcher. Usually the other way around.

    Comment by SP — March 31, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  7. Casey Kelly isn’t a conversion project. He was a two-way prospect that couldn’t hack it as a batter and now pitches full time.

    Comment by Alex — March 31, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

  8. It’s responses like this that make me wonder why Fangraphs even bothers having a comment system.

    Comment by joser — March 31, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

  9. Well said.

    Comment by joser — March 31, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

  10. You could also name Jason Motte, who was a catcher the first three years of his professional career.

    I guess hitting .191/.220/.233 in 614 AB can do the trick.

    Comment by Wilbrod — March 31, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  11. Well it’s awful early, but he has looked fabulous out of the pen.

    In 4 appearances he has faced 13 batters, walked 1 and whiffed 7 of them. He has yet to surrender a hit.

    That’s good for an 0.00 ERA and WHIP of .25 !!

    He has been throwing the fastball 95-96 consistently and has shown command of a slider and changeup. Guillen should start using him in higher leverage roles soon.

    Comment by zipperz — April 16, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  12. Another dumb find by their GM.

    Comment by Larry — April 16, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  13. Because — thank God — the rest of us don’t suffer from [female reproductive organ cleansing kit] syndrome.

    Comment by nothingxs — May 18, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

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