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46 Santiago Casilla RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 7/25/1980 | Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Francisco | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $4,166,667 | Owned/Started%: 53/45 | Average Draft Position: 299.04
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Santiago Casilla earns seventh save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Giants closer Santiago Casilla locked up his seventh save Wednesday, giving up one earned run on two hits in his team's 3-1 win over the Phillies.

Casilla surrendered a one-out double before giving up an RBI single with two outs, but he retired the following batter to finish off the win. He has successfully converted all seven of his save opportunities in July. Casilla owns a 1.16 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 28:11 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.


Santiago Casilla slams door shut on Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Giants closer Santiago Casilla worked his way past a hit and needed only 16 innings to secure a scoreless frame to close out 7-4 win over Philadelphia. Casilla has converted six of nine save chances, with a 0.98 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.

Santiago Casilla picks up one-out save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Giants closer Santiago Casilla gave up one hit but retired the second batter he faced Saturday to pick up his fifth save in his team's 5-3 win over the Marlins.

Casilla was summoned to get the final out Saturday up three runs with a man on second, and though the run scored on a single after a wild pitch, he finished off the win to entrench himself further in the closer role. Casilla owns a 1.01 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings.


Santiago Casilla earns fourth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Giants closer Santiago Casilla secured his fourth save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-2 win over the A's.

Casilla has given up one walk and no hits in three appearances since taking over the closer role, striking out four during that stretch. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 2/3 innings. Casilla owns a 1.05 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 25:10 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings.


Assessing Santiago Casilla's job security


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) So Bruce Bochy named Santiago Casilla the Giants closer Monday, and no doubt, Fantasy owners thank him for it. As far as they're concerned, the only thing worse than an unreliable closer is an uncertain one.

But of course, not all closers are created equal, and while Casilla has experience in the role, having recorded 25 saves in 2012, and has thrived with a 1.08 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in 29 appearances this season, I don't know that you can assume he inherits all of Sergio Romo's former value.

For one thing, Romo is still in the picture, and even with his poor numbers this season, he still has a more impressive track record than Casilla. Since the start of 2010, which is the same year Casilla came over to the Giants and became the pitcher he is today, Romo has a 2.46 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings compared to Casilla's 2.06, 1.16 and 7.7. Plus, consider how quickly everything can change for a pitcher in this role. Less than a month ago, Romo had a 3.00 ERA and nobody even dreamed he'd be where he is now. If he stops serving up so many home runs with his move to middle relief, an untimely blown save for Casilla could easily prompt another change even if he proves to be mostly effective in the role.

Because he lacks strikeout ability, I'd say Casilla's best-case scenario is somewhere in the Mark Melancon range, which isn't bad. That's top-15 potential. If that's the best-case scenario, though, and the worst is him forfeiting the job back to Romo, I'm keeping him behind Zach Britton and Cody Allen in my rankings. I'd say he has more job security than Joe Smith and certainly more than Hector Rondon or Jenrry Mejia, but I'll stay cautious with him for now.


Santiago Casilla earns closer job with Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) The bullpen-by-committed declared by Bruce Bochy after Sergio Romo was removed from the closer role is no longer a bullpen-by-committee for the Giants. Santiago Casilla has taken the job and run with it.

"I think it's fair to say right now," Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Casilla has two saves in his last two appearances. He has given up just one hit and fanned three in two shutout innings.

"He's got closer stuff," said left-handed specialist Jeremy Affeldt. "Romo has done such a great job for us the last few years. They flip-flopped them or whatever. That's the good thing about this pen. Several of us have closed before. It's not a downgrade in closers or a panic thing."


Santiago Casilla tosses perfect frame for the save vs. Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to lock down a 5-3 win and the save Sunday against the Padres. Casilla has three saves on the season, and owns a 1.08 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP over 33 1/3 innings of relief.

Santiago Casilla notches the save vs. Padres in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla notched his second save of the season Saturday night against the Padres in San Diego.

Casilla struck out two and worked his way past a walk in a scoreless 10th inning for the save. He owns a 1.11 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP over 32 1/3 innings of relief.

Giants going to closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday he's removing Sergio Romo from the full-time closer's role for the time being. Bochy said he will go to a closer-by-committe approach, which will consist of Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Romo, who will also work in a setup role.

"I think it's time we tweak it a little bit," Bochy said, per MLB.com. "He [Romo] has done a great job. It's fair to say he's having his struggles. We think we can help him late in the ballgame. He'll still be part of the mix, so we're going to back him off a little bit and do it by committee."

Bochy is hoping this move will get Romo back on track.

"He's done that (setup role) before, he's done a great job at it and I think he'll do a great job wherever we use him," Bochy said. "He's fine with it right now. How long this committee thing goes, I can't tell you, but hopefully it gets him going."


Giants activate Santiago Casilla, send down George Kontos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) The Giants optioned pitcher George Kontos back down to Triple-A Fresno and reinstated reliever Santiago Casilla from the 15-day disabled list, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday.

Santiago Casilla expected back for Tuesday's game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said reliever Santiago Casilla (hamstring) will be activated off the 15-day disabled list in time for Tuesday's game against the White Sox. A move to clear a roster spot is expected Sunday.

Giants may bring Santiago Casilla back sooner


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) The Giants are considering a quicker return for reliever Santiago Casilla after his first rehab outing on Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Casilla struck out the side in his lone inning of work with Class A San Jose.

Casilla is scheduled to pitch two innings on Saturday, if he is not reinstated sooner than planned. The right-hander has been sidelined since May 22 because of a hamstring injury.

Santiago Casilla Ks the side in first rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla looked sharp in his first minor-league rehab assignment with Class A San Jose Thursday night. Casilla got the start and struck out the side for his lone inning of work in his first game action since suffering a hamstring injury on May 22. 

Santago Casilla declares himself ready, but rehab likely on tap


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla worked his way through pitcher's fielding practice Tuesday, and could be on the verge of returning from a hamstring injury.

Casilla declared himself ready to return from the disabled list, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports he believes he can return without the benefit of a minor-league rehab assignment. However, when asked whether the training staff is likely to agree, Casilla did not seem optimistic.

"I don't think so," he said.

Casilla has been out almost exactly three weeks, and is likely to need a few appearances in the minors before he returns from the DL. 


Santiago Casilla to begin rehab assignment by Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla will begin a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on Wednesday or Thursday, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Casilla is scheduled to take part in fielding drills Tuesday before beginning his rehab assignment later this week. He's been sidelined since May 21 with a hamstring injury.


Santiago Casilla nearing rehab assignment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, who's on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. He could begin a rehab assignment in a few days "if everything goes well," the paper said.

Santiago Casilla could begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and may be able to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Casilla will throw another bullpen session Monday before being re-evaluated, but manager Bruce Bochy expects him to begin a rehab assignment at some point next week and make about three appearances before returning to the team. He has been sidelined since May 22 with a hamstring injury.


Santiago Casilla could face hitters next week


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla will toss a second bullpen session Saturday, with a third scheduled for Tuesday as he continues to work his way back from a hamstring injury.

According to MLB.com, if he can make it through these next two steps, he will face hitters shortly after. If he gets through Tuesday's without incident, Casilla will move on to either live batting practice or a minor-league rehab assignment.  


Santiago Casilla set for Thursday bullpen session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is set for a bullpen session Thursday as he continues in his recovery from a hamstring injury, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He is still about 10 days away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment.

Casilla has been out since May 22. The original timetable for his absence was 4-6 weeks.


Santiago Casilla's recovery already ahead of schedule


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla has been able to play catch off flat ground in recent days, and he appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hamstring strain.

Manager Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com Tuesday that Casilla has been able to play catch since first doing so Sunday. Casilla was given a 4-to-6 week timetable to return from the injury, but Bochy acknowledged he could be back before four weeks, given how well his recovery is going right now. 


Santiago Casilla plans to play catch Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla told reporters that his leg feels better and that he plans o start playing catch as early as Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Casilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring on May 22. He is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Santiago Casilla will likely resume throwing in two weeks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Giants trainers have indicated that reliever Santiago Casilla will resume throwing in approximately two weeks, according to the Bay Area News Group. Casilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring. He is expected to miss four weeks.


Santiago Casilla likely to miss four weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, has a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring, per the San Jose Mercury News. He is expected to miss four weeks.

Giants place Santiago Casilla on DL, recall George Kontos


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) The Giants announced Thursday they placed reliever Santiago Casilla on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring. Reliever George Kontos was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.

Santiago Casilla leaves with hamstring injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla is likely to be placed on the disabled list Thursday after suffering a hamstring injury Wednesday against the Rockies, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Casilla suffered the injury while running out a groundball during a rare at-bat. He pulled up lame at first base and had to be helped off the field.

Casilla will undergo an MRI on the hamstring Thursday, but is expected to hit the 15-day disabled list.