One of the most intimidating presences on the mound at Pioneer Park has been released by the Red Sox organization. Santo Luis pitched in Greeneville in 2006. He was 6'4" and looked like we was going to do you physical harm when he glared in from the mound. He finished the year with a 2-2 record, a 1.82 ERA and 10 saves. He was promoted on to Lexington for the 2007 season his ERA jumped to 4.66 but he still struck out 99 batters in 75 1/3 IP. After that season, he was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the AA portion of the Rule 5 draft in December. He climbed as high as AA with Chicago before being claimed by the Red Sox. He spent some time in AAA last season but was sent back to AA this year. He has had 28 strike outs in 28 1/3 IP but walked 16 and has a 5.72 ERA.
Luis is 27 years old now. It will be interesting to see if someone else picks him up. Regardless, I expect he will still pitch this winter in the Dominican Winter League.