Enyel De Los Santos
Affiliate: Lehigh Valley IronPigs
League: International League
Born: 12/25/1995 (Age: 26)
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 7/17/2014 (SEA); Traded to SDP 11/12/2015; Traded to PHI 12/15/2017
Originally signed by the Mariners in 2014, De Los Santos was traded soon after to the Padres—at that time one of the only organizations devoting significant pro scouting resources to the lowest-minors, a practice that has now become the norm. The right-hander was dealt again in 2017 after a few years in San Diego’s system, this time to the Phillies in exchange for big league shortstop Freddy Galvis. De Los Santos made his big league debut last season and has been used in an up-and-down role so far in 2019. His fastball sits in the 92-to-94 mph range, mixing four-seamers and sinkers with improving control. He keeps a full mix of secondary pitches around the zone, headlined by a firm, late-diving changeup that he shows strong feel for. He shows hitters two distinct breaking balls, both a curve and slider, though neither pitch projects to miss bats. More attractive for his proximity and high floor than a particularly lofty ceiling, De Los Santos brings immediate value to the table and has the tools to ultimately fit as a #5 starter. He’s only 23 and has options remaining, making him a versatile depth option for now on a contending Phillies team.