Edgar Santana...Began pitching at the age of 19...Signed by Pirates scouts Rene Gayo and Juan Mercado just four days before his 22nd birthday...Ranked by MLB. com as Pittsburgh's 29th-best prospect following the 2016 season...Rated by MLB.com as one of the Top 10 breakout prospects from the 2016 Arizona Fall League...Lists Clayton Kershaw as his favorite childhood pitcher.
Ranked third among N.L. rookies in appearances; the fifth-highest single-season total by a Pirates pitcher and the most since Arquimedes Caminero made 73 in 2015...Held left-handed hitters to a .214 batting average (27-for-126)...Had a 2.03 ERA (26.2ip/6er) and held opponents to a .179 average while pitching in the seventh inning...Posted a 0.53 ERA (17.0ip/1er) in his 10 games when pitching more than 1.0 inning...Made 13 consecutive scoreless appearances and held opposing hitters to a .167 average (7-for-42) between 4/28 and 5/27 (12.0ip)...Won his first Major League game on 5/16 vs. Chicago (AL)... Retired the one San Diego batter he faced on 5/17 and picked up his second win in as many days...Gave up four hits and three runs in 0.2ip while suffering first big league loss on 5/29 vs. Chicago (NL)...Was scored upon three times in 21 games between 4/28 and 6/17; he gave up a home run in all three games (a three-run shot and a pair of two-run homers)...Was scored upon just twice in 28 games between 7/1 and 9/7 (29.1ip/2er), dropping his season ERA to 2.42... Surrendered a three-run homer to Matt Adams in the eighth inning on 9/10 and suffered a blown save and loss; his first runs allowed since 8/15...Made three straight scoreless outings between 9/14-18 (3.0ip)...Left the game on 9/21 vs. Milwaukee with right forearm/elbow discomfort after giving up four runs...Underwent "Tommy John" surgery on 10/4 (surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews).
Spent majority of season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he posted a 0.36 ERA (25.1ip/1er) in his first 17 appearances thru 5/21...Won his lone game with Indy on 4/27 at Pawtucket...Was selected by Pittsburgh on 6/10 and made his Major League debut that night vs. Miami; gave up three hits and one run while striking out two batters in 1.0 inning of work... Was optioned to Indy on 7/3...Was recalled on 8/22 and gave up a two-run homer to Yasmani Grandal that night at PNC Park... Was optioned back to Triple-A on 8/23...Struck out for batters while pitching 3.0 scoreless innings on 8/27 vs. Columbus...Was recalled a final time on 9/10 and made nine scoreless outings to close out the season (8.1ip)...Stranded all six of his inherited runners while pitching with the Pirates and held right-handed hitters to a .154 average (6-for-39).
Pitched at three different levels in the Pirates organization and went 4-1 with three saves and a 2.71 ERA (79.2ip/24er) in 43 appearances...Began season with High-A Bradenton, where he was scored upon in just one of his nine outings while pitching at least 2.0 innings in each game...Tossed a season-high 4.0 innings and picked up his second win on 4/17 vs. Lakeland...Made six straight scoreless appearances (16.1ip) to start the season before giving up two runs in 2.0ip on 4/30 at Jupiter...Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in Double-A debut on 5/10 and recorded his first save...Picked up wins in back-to-back outings on 5/17 and 5/18...Gave up three home runs and five runs total while suffering lone loss with Altoona on 5/24 vs. Akron...Recorded his second save with the Curve on 7/10 at Erie...Was scored upon just twice in his last nine games with Altoona (24.2ip/4er - 1.46) and made seven straight scoreless appearances to finish his Double-A campaign (12.2ip)...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 8/1 and made his Triple-A debut on 8/2 at Columbus (1.0ip/0r)...Posted a 2.19 ERA (12.1ip/3er) in his first 10 games with Indy thru 8/28...Was charged with five earned runs in 1.0ip on 8/30 vs. Toledo; all coming with two outs in the ninth inning and included a grand slam...Earned first Triple-A save on 9/1 vs. Louisville (game 2)...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and did not surrender a run in nine games (13.2ip) with the Surprise Saguaros, who lost to Mesa in the League Championship on 11/19...Also recorded 18 strikeouts and shared team lead in saves (3)...Was named to the league's Fall Stars Game and retired the two batters he faced.
Went 1-0 with four saves and a 3.19 ERA in 22 minor league games at two different levels of the system...Began season with West Virginia in the New York-Penn League and picked up a save in his first appearance on 6/21 vs. Mahoning Valley (game 2)...Recorded his lone victory of the season on 7/11 at Vermont...Did not surrender a run in his last five games with the Black Bears (10.1ip) and struck out 17 batters in that time...Picked up saves in back-to-back outings on 7/31 and 8/3...Was promoted to West Virginia in the South Atlantic League on 8/9 and tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in his debut with the Power on 8/10 vs. Delmarva... Earned his lone save with the club on 8/22 vs. Lakewood.
Spent first season in the Pittsburgh organization pitching in the Dominican Summer League...Picked up his first two saves in back-to-back outings on 7/15 and 7/22... Was charged with three earned runs in his first 15.0 innings of work and posted a 1.80 ERA after 11 appearances thru 8/6...Surrendered a season-high six runs (five earned) in 2.1ip on 8/14...Notched his first professional win while making final appearance on 8/19.