Ramon D. Santiago...while with the Tigers participated in community relations events Tigers Dreams Come True, Play Baseball Detroit and their autographed memorabilia donation program...attended the Ilitch Charities Gala and Keeping Kids in the Game event.
Spent the season with the Tigers, where he made 80 apps and 56 starts...played 2B (33g, 30gs), 3B (27g, 7gs) and SS (27g, 19gs)...on 8/16 vs KC hit his first career pinch-hit HR (off Aaron Crow)...appeared in 3 American League Division Series games vs the Athletics and 2 AL Championship Series contests vs the Red Sox...became a free agent following the season and on 1/29/14 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Completed his ninth season with the Tigers in 2012, seeing action at second base, third base and shortstop. ... Batted .257 (18x70) with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 22 games during June ... Hit .228 (39x171) versus righthanded pitchers...batted .140 (8x57) with lefties on the mound. ... Batted .224 (26x116) in 50 games at home...hit .188 (21x112) in 43 games on the road. ... Hit .230 (40x174) in 68 games prior to the all-star break...batted .130 (7x54) in 25 games following the all-star break. ... Saw action in 21 games with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the season, batting .325 (27x83) withfive doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
Completed his eighth season with the Tigers in 2011, seeing action at second base, third base and shortstop...Finished seventh in the American League with 11 sacrifice hits...Hit .375 (12x32) over a 10-game stretch April 28-May 21...Legged out a walk-off triple on June 13 versus Tampa Bay -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first walk-off triple by a Tigers player since Mickey Stanley on June 7, 1968 versus Cleveland...prior to Santiago, the last major league player with a walk-off triple was Oakland's Rajai Davis on August 3, 2009 versus Texas...Batted .346 (9x26) in nine games during July...Matched a career high with four hits on August 28 at Minnesota...Belted his first career walk-off home run on August 30 versus Kansas City after entering the game earlier as a pinchrunner -- according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Tigers player to enter the game as a pinch-runner and then hit a walk-off home run since Tommy Veryzer did so on September 12, 1974 versus Milwaukee...Equaled a career high with a nine-game hitting streak September 5-14, hitting .407 (11x27)...Hit .320 (16x50) against lefthanded pitchers...batted .245 (51x208) with righties on the mound...Batted .288 (34x118) in 47 games at home...hit .236 (33x140) in 54 games on the road...Hit .295 (38x129) in 49 games following the all-star break...batted .225 (29x129) in 52 games prior to the all-star break...Collected three hits in Game One of the American League Championship Series on October 8 at Texas -- matched the franchise record for hits by a Tigers player during an American League Championship Series game...Collected nine hits during the American League Championship Series, matching Placido Polanco (2006) for the club record for hits during an American League Championship Series.
Spent the entire 2010 season with the Tigers, seeing action at both second base and shortstop for the club....Hit .326 (15x46) in 17 games during April....Equaled a career high with four hits on June 17 versus Washington....Compiled a career-best nine-game hitting streak June 25-July 5, batting .333 (10x30)....Batted .302 (19x63) in 22 games during June....Hit .313 (21x67) against lefthanded pitchers...batted .249 (63x253) with righties on the mound....Saw action in nine games with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League following the season, hitting .393 (11x28) withthree doubles, a home run and five RBI.
Spent the entire 2009 season at the major league level with the Tigers, his first full season at the major league levelsince 2003 with Detroit -- established a career highs with seven home runs and 35 RBI...Tied for eighth in the American League with 10 sacrifice hits...Established a career high with five RBI on April 19 at Seattle...Equaled a career high with an eight-game hitting streak April 29-May 22, batting .483 (14x29) with three doubles, atriple, two home runs and eight RBI...Collected four hits on May 17 versus Oakland to establish a career best...Hit .349 (15x43) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI in 13 games during May...Posted a seven-game hitting streak September 20-30, batting .440 (11x25)...Hit .347 (17x49) in 17 games during September...Batted .267 (60x225) with six home runs versus righthanded pitchers...hit .270 (10x37) with one home run againstlefthanded pitchers...Hit .298 (36x121) in 47 games at home...batted .241 (34x141) in 46 games on the road...Batted .271 (36x133) with six home runs in 46 games prior to the all-star break...hit .264 (34x129) with one home runin 47 games following the all-star break...Hit .322 (19x59) with eight runs scored, five doubles, two triples, a home run and five RBI in 17 games for Cibao in theDominican Winter League following the season.
Served as Detroit's utility infielder in 2008 after making the club's Opening Day roster out of Spring Training for the third time in his major league career...Belted his first home run since August 1, 2003 at Minnesota on April 22 versus Texas, snapping a stretch of 417 plate appearances without a home run...Sidelined June 5-July 8 with a separated left shoulder -- assigned to Triple A Toledo as part of an injury rehab assignment on June 30...hit .214 (6x28) in eight games with the Mud Hens...Equaled a career high with three hits and two home runs on September 25 versus Tampa Bay -- belted his third career lead-off home run in the game, connecting against Scott Kazmir...Hit .313 (20x64) with four home runs in 29 games at Comerica Park...batted .250 (15x60) in 29 games on the road...Batted .347 (17x49) in 23 games prior to the all-star break...hit .240 (18x75) in 35 games following the all-star break...Saw action in 18 games for Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League following the season, batting .323 (21x65) withsix doubles and six RBI.
Spent most of the season as the shortstop at Triple AToledo before joining the Tigers in August...Hit safely in nine of his 10 games with the Mud HensMay 2-11, batting .326 (14x43) with seven runs scored,three doubles, three triples, a home run and seven RBI...Compiled 16-game hitting streak June 14-30, batting.387 (29x75) with 14 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, twohome runs and 10 RBI...Collected a season-high four hits with Toledo on June23 versus Indianapolis...Seventh in the International League with a .333 battingaverage (41x123) in 28 games during June...Sidelined on the disabled list July 14-August 11 with aright finger fracture...Hit safely in all five of his games with Toledo followinghis return from the disabled list -- batted .316 (6x19) withtwo doubles and an RBI...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on August 17...Equaled a career high with three hits on August 28 atKansas City -- matched the high with three hits onSeptember 2 at Oakland and September 18 at Cleveland...Hit .395 (15x38) in 14 games on the road...batted .138(4x29) in 18 games at Comerica Park.
Spent the majority of the season with the Tigers as a utility infielder after returning to the organization duringthe off-season as a minor league free agent...Hit safely in five of his six games with an at-bat April 23-May 16, batting .300 (6x20) with two runs scored and a triple...Collected a season-high two hits on May 13 atCleveland -- also collected two hits on June 11 at Toronto...Batted .323 (10x31) over his final 21 games of the seasonwith Detroit June 11-September 28...Optioned to Triple A Toledo on July 21...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on September 1.
Played the entire season at Triple A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization, before joining the Mariners after having his contract purchased on September 7...Tied for the lead in the Pacific Coast League with 17 sacrifices for Tacoma...led all league second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage...Established career highs with 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 50 RBI...Drove in a season-best five runs on August 27 at Tucson...Batted .290 (29x100) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI in 26 games during August...Saw action in eight games with the Mariners after joining the club on September 7 -- started at second base twice, while also seeing action as a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter.
King of the Tacoma Shuttle in '04, being promoted four times during the season. ... Used primarily as a late-inning defensive replacement by the Mariners. ... Batted one point higher (.194) in 18 games with the Mariners than he did (.193) in 71 games with Tacoma.
Spent his first full season at the Major League level, beginning the year as the Tigers second baseman before shifting back to his natural shortstop position late in June...His .225 batting average and .284 slugging percentage were the lowest of any American League player, while his.292 on-base percentage was third-worst in the league...Topped the league with 18 sacrifices, the most by a Tigers player since Chico Fernandez had 19 sacrifices in 1960...the 18 sacrifices were the most in the majors since the Kansas City's Tom Goodwin had 21 in 1996...Seventh in the league with a 1.78 ground ball out/fly ball out ratio (178/100)...64.0 percent of the outs he put intoplay came via a ground ball, seventh-most in the league...Averaged 3.29 pitches per plate appearances, fifth-fewest in the league...seventh in the AL by putting 23.8 percent of the pitches he saw into play...Homered once every 222.0 at-bats, the lowest home run frequency in the league...Struggled against lefthanders, hitting .187 (25x134) with a .232 on-base percentage and .246 slugging percentage -- last in the league in both batting average and on-base percentage, while his slugging percentage was second-worst...batted .242 (75x310) with a .317 on-base percentage and .300 slugging percentage versus righties...Combined on-base percentage and slugging percentage of .576 was the lowest in the AL.Managed a .200 batting average (44x220) in 69 games on the road, worst in the league...hit .250 (56x224) in 72 games at Comerica Park...Batted .205 (32x156) from the seventh inning on, fifth-lowest in the league...Committed 10 errors at second base, tied for seventh-most among AL second basemen...his 68 double plays turned at shortstop were the ninth-most in the league...Established a career high with an eight-game hitting streak April 6-16, batting .360 (9x25) with three doubles and four RBI...After driving in a run April 13 versus the Chicago White Sox, he did not drive in another run until May 31 versus the New York Yankees -- a stretch of 33 games without an RBI...In 18 games during April, he hit .214 (12x56) with three doubles and four RBI...his 10 walks during the month were aseason high and second-most on the club behind 12 by Bobby Higginson...Posted a .253 batting average (21x83) in 24 games during May, his second-highest monthly batting average of the season...Singled as a pinch-hitter on June 15 versus Colorado, his first-ever pinch-hit at the major league level -- called upon to pinch-hit four times during the 2003 season, finishing with a single, double, walk and hit by pitch...Started his first game at shortstop on June 22 at Colorado after his previous 50 starts were at second base --started 84 of the Tigers final 91 games at shortstop...Swiped two bases versus Toronto on June 30, establishing a career high...Strung together 218 total errorless chances at shortstop June 30-August 27...committed nine errors over his final 31 games at shortstop August 28-September 28, a total of 158 chances...Ripped a solo home run July 1 versus Toronto, his first home run since June 19, 2002 at Atlanta -- a stretch of321 homerless at-bats...Snapped a season-high 17 hitless at-bat stretch with a single in the second inning on August 10 versus Minnesota...Hit safely in nine-of-11 games September 1-12, batting .313 (10x32)...His double on September 10 at Yankee Stadium against New York was his first extra-base hit since he homered August 1 at Minnesota, astretch of 105 at-bats...first double since July 29 at Seattle...Established a career high with four RBI on September 18 versus Toronto...Equaled a career best with three hits at Kansas City on September 23...Batted .271 (23x85) with 10 runs scored, five doubles and 11 RBI in 27 games during September -- his .271 batting average was his highest single month batting average...the 11 RBI are the most by Santiago in a single month during his major league career...Hit .226 (54x239) in 74 games before the all-star break and .224 (46x205) in 67 games following the all-star break.
Completed a rapid rise through the Tigers minor league system in 2002, making stops at Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo before having his contract purchased by Detroit on May 17...one of four unanimous selections to the TOPPS Rookie All-Star team, the first Tigers player on the squad since Tony Clark in 1996...Posted two three-hit games for the SeaWolves -- April 26 versus Altoona and May 1 at Bowie...Drove in six runs over a four-game stretch April 30-May 3...Joined Toledo on May 5, appearing as a defensive replacement at shortstop versus Durham...Hit safely in each of his final seven games with the Mud Hens May 7-14, going 12x24 (.500) with eight runs scored, a double, two home runs and six RBI...Recorded two three-hit games with Toledo -- May 7 versus Ottawa and May 14 at Charlotte...Made his major league debut with the Tigers on May 17 versus Texas after having his contract purchased earlier in the day...doubled off Texas' Dave Burba in the eighth inning for the first hit of his major league career...Established a career high with three hits May 18 versus Texas, falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as he doubled, tripled and drove in two runs...Matched his career best with three hits at Comiskey Park against the White Sox on May 26 -- finished 3x3 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI...Belted his first major league home run to lead-off the game June 3 versus Boston, taking Pedro Martinez deep to right field...Damion Easley followed with a home run against Martinez and Santiago and Easley became the first Tigers batters to lead off a game with back-to-back home runs since Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell pulled off the feat in the second game of a doubleheader at Cleveland on August 5, 1986 against John Butcher... Santiago added a home run later in the contest against Tim Wakefield, giving him his first career multi-home run game...He led off the game the following day, June 4, against Boston with a home run against John Burkett to become only the third Tigers player to lead off consecutive games with a home run and the first since Lou Whitaker on May 6-7, 1983 versus California...Dick McAuliffe was the first Tigers player to belt lead-off home runs in consecutive games, doing so during the 1969 season...With his three home runs in two games against Boston on June 3-4, he became the first Tigers player to hit his first three home runs over a two-game span...Went 3x4 with three runs scored and an RBI on June 18 at Atlanta, matching a career high for hits in a game...Posted a career-best six-game hitting streak July 3-11, batting .368 (7x19) with four runs scored and six RBI...Collected a career-high three RBI July 5 at Boston...Departed the game July 23 versus Kansas City in the third inning with a right wrist injury...further tests revealed a fractured right hamate bone and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 24...underwent surgery on July 25...Returned to action on September 1, going 0x3 with two strikeouts at shortstop versus the Chicago White Sox...Playing time was limited by his ability to only hit righthanded in game situations before being given clearance to batted lefthanded on September 14 versus Kansas City...Scratched from the lineup on September 21 versus the New York Yankees with soreness in his right wrist...further examination required more rest for the wrist and he was shut down for the remainder of the season...Underwent surgery to correct chronic dislocation and looseness in his left shoulder, a procedure performed by Dr. Kyle Anderson on September 26 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit...Ranked among the American League rookie leaders in three categories: tied for second with five triples, tied for fourth with eight stolen bases and ninth with a .306 on-base percentage...Posted a .093 batting average (9x97) with two strikes, third-worst in the American League...Fared better hitting on the road, batting .275 (28x102) compared to .217 (26x120) at Comerica Park...Batted .250 (42x168) with all four of his home runs against righties...hit .222 (12x54) versus lefties.
Contract purchased by the Tigers from Triple A Toledo May 17, 2002...Joined the Tigers after appearing in nine games for Toledo and 22 games for Double A Erie in 2002...With the Mud Hens, Santiago hit .429 (12x28) with two home runs and six RBI...During his stint with Erie, he batted .280 (21x75) with two triples, a home run, seven RBI and six stolen bases.
Earned both mid- and post-season all-star honors in the Midwest League during the 2000 season while playing withSingle A West Michigan. ... Recorded a season-high seven-game hitting streak April 14-24, batting .333 (11x33) with a double and six RBI. ... Batted .350 (28x80) with 16 runs scored, six doubles and 13 RBI in 21 games during June. ... Forced to serve as the designated hitter in each game he played after July 23 due to an impingement in his rightshoulder...sidelined for most of August with the injury, which forced him to undergo surgery in the off-season. ... Swiped four bases on September 1 at Burlington. ... In three games during the Midwest League playoffs, he hit .100 (1x10) with three stolen bases. ... Selected as the 92nd-best prospect in baseball prior to the season by Baseball America. ... Named the second-best prospect in the Tigers organization and sixth-best prospect in the Midwest League followingthe season by Baseball America. ... Named the best defensive shortstop in the Midwest League by Baseball America.
Saw action with both the Gulf Coast League Tigers and Single A Oneonta in 1999. ... Combined to hit .326 between his two stops, second-best among short-season league switch-hitters and fourth-bestamong short-season league shortstops. ... Led the Gulf Coast League Tigers with 20 stolen bases. ... Posted a 12-game hitting streak July 7-27, batting .400 (20x50) with four doubles, a triple and four RBI. ... Hit safely in 11 of his 12 games with Oneonta August 22-September 2...batted .340 (17x50) with nine runs scored, adouble, two triples, a home run and eight RBI. ... Swiped four bases on August 31 versus Lowell. ... Named the second-best prospect in the Gulf Coast League following the season by Baseball America.