January 13, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #38 Santos Arias

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #38 | Santos Arias

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| March 17, 1987 (La Romana, Dominican Republic)

School | Not Available

Height | 5'11''

| 162 lbs.

2009 Ranking | 42

Santos Arias signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent on February 9, 2005. Originally thought of as a starter, Arias developed fatigue while pitching for the Beloit Snappers in 2008 and was then sent to the bullpen. He made nine starts in 2009, but made another 27 appearances as a reliever. Arias stranded a lot of runners, leaving nearly 80% on base in 2009 and only gave up one home run. I personally like him in the relief role, he reminds me of Alex Burnett. If given the proper time in the bullpen, he should have an easier time learning to perfect his pitches and hopefully strike more guys out. He's small and doesn't strike enough guys out for me to give him a higher ranking, especially when there's a good chance he'll remain in the bullpen. But if he does raise his numbers, which I think he will, he should be able to fly up the rankings quickly.

2009 Statistics
Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP      FIP
A+         6      3     2.15   100.2     73      27      1.23     2.88

2010 Outlook

Arias will likely spend all of the 2010 season in the New Britain bullpen while making spot-starts when needed.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Slider
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival


JK said...

Josh, do you know how hard he throws?

Josh Johnson said...

I thought I heard somewhere that he throws in the upper 80's but has a lot of movement on his fastball.

I haven't been able to confirm that though with anything concrete, but I thought I heard/read that somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Low to mid 90s