Johan Santana pitched in front of 7 teams at a workout in Tampa today. Unfortunately he forgot to bring his fastball with him.
Santana’s last strong season was with the Mets in 2010, where he had a 2.98 ERA in 29 starts. Even then, his K/9 had gone down for the 4th year in a row. He missed the entire 2011 and 2013 seasons with shoulder injuries. The Venezuelan left-hander is a former two-time Cy Young winner and threw a no-hitter in 2012.
Santana topped out at 81 mph today, settling mostly in the high 70s. Historically, Santana threw in the high 80s and low 90s. His best pitch was his changeup, which reports are saying that it was still great today.
Santana was pleased with his results today stating, “Today was a very good day off the mound, getting better!!!” Teams understand that he is not complete in his process of getting up to speed, and is a work in progress. Santana is 35-years-old, but he is a lefty. Never underestimate a team’s desire for a left-handed pitcher. If he can get his fastball consistently into the mid 80s and still have control over his changeup, he will be on a major league roster before we know it.