August 6th, 2012

Patience and Perseverance

This is Miguel De Los Santos’ second year with the RoughRiders. (Photo by Alex Yocum-Beeman)

It’s been a rocky road through baseball for ‘Riders reliever Miguel De Los Santos. He has overcome obstacles in his path to become a mainstay of the Frisco bullpen.

De Los Santos  fell in love baseball as a kid and said he always hoped that’s where his future would be.

“When I was a kid I always told my mom I wanted to play baseball. From the time I was 12-years-old it was my dream,” De Los Santos said. “I always had my dream on my mind so I played hard to make it come true.”

His dream came true in July 2006 after he found out he was signed. He played his first season of professional baseball with the Rangers’ affiliate in the Dominican Summer League alongside former RoughRiders Fabio Castillo and Alexi Ogando. De Los Santos began the 2007 season playing in the Dominican but was set back after having Tommy John surgery. By the end of the season, he returned to play for the Arizona League Rangers where he also spent the 2008 season. He wanted to return to play in 2009 but ran into a speed bump along the way.

“I couldn’t come here because of a visa problem and I thought my career was done,” De Los Santos said. “I kept my mind strong and kept playing hard and they gave me my visa back.”

De Los Santos returned to split time between Short Season Spokane and Low-A Hickory putting up a combined 2.94 ERA in 70.1 innings of work with 112 strikeouts. He said he was very happy with the way he pitched that season.

“When I came back in 2010 it was a good year for me and they put me on the 40-man roster,” De Los Santos said.

This season with Double-A Frisco, De Los Santos has a record of two wins and two losses with a 5.20 ERA striking out 56 batters through 45 innings. When asked how he feels the season is going, he said there’s definitely room for improvement.

“It’s not too good but thanks to God I’m coming back,” De Los Santos said. “Lately I’m doing a good job.”

He added that he’s going to stay focused on his job on the mound and keep giving it all he’s got.

“I think about attacking the strike zone and attacking the hitter with a first pitch strike,” De Los Santos said. “I don’t do it every time but it’s what I try to do.”

Through patience and perseverance, De Los Santos has continued to grow and the future looks bright for this determined pitcher.

Story by Jarah Wright