Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6’0″, Weight: 222 lbs.
Born: June 25, 1980
Place: San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Resides: Juan Baron, Dominican Republic
High School: Palenque in Palenque, Dominican Republic
Signed: January 31, 2000 by the Athletics as an amateur free agent.
Major League Debut: August 9, 2004 for the Oakland Athletics
How Obtained: Signed as a free agent, Dec. 24, 2009
Teams: Giants 2010-Present, Athletics 2004-2009
Contract: 1 year, $2.2 million, plus 200K in incentives (2012)
Arbitration Eligible: 2012
Free Agent: 2014
2010 World Series Champion
Santiago’s first gloves were homemade. They were thick cardboard into which he cut three holes for his ring, middle and index fingers. He received his first real glove in a community giveaway by late Giants shortstop Jose Uribe.
From the same Dominican town as former Giants infielder Juan Uribe, who reached the pros three years before Santiago. Santiago remembers going to Uribe’s house as a child and asking him for baseball socks.
Pitched under the name Jairo Garcia from 2000-2005. In 2006 he revealed his real name is Santiago Casilla and his true age.
Casilla’s Career Stats