Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #7 RHP Enyel De Los Santos

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Enyel De Los Santos, image- Jay Floyd
Acquired as part of the trade that sent Freddy Galvis to San Diego, Enyel De Los Santos is a talented hurler that instantly landed among the Phillies' top pitching prospects.

A native of the Dominican Republic, De Los Santos signed with Seattle at the age of 18. He would make his professional debut in 2015 in the Rookie level Arizona League. There, he notched a 3-0 record with a 2.55 ERA in five starts. The right-hander earned a promotion to Class A short-season Everett where he would post a 3-0 record with a 4.06 ERA through eight starts.

During the following off-season, he was traded to the Padres in a deal for pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

In 2016, making his debut in the Padres organization, De Los Santos opened the season with Class A Ft. Wayne. In 11 appearances (seven starts) with the Tin Caps, he tallied a 3-2 record with a 2.91 ERA and a .199 batting average against.

De Los Santos was promoted to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore in June. As a member of the Storm rotation he would sport a 5-3 record with a 4.35 ERA and a 6.8 K/9 mark through 15 starts.

In 2017, he moved up to Double-A San Antonio. There, he collected a 10-6 record with a 3.78 ERA, an 8.3 K/9 mark as well as a .237 BAA. De Los Santos improved greatly as the season went on, seeing his 4.92 ERA in the first half improve after tallying a 2.75 ERA following the All-Star break.  He finished among the Texas League leaders in strike outs, ERA, WHIP and innings pitched. 

The following season, making his Phillies organization debut, De Los Santos had an impressive campaign with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, getting named to the International League All-Star team. In 22 starts for the IronPigs, he collected a 10-5 record with a 2.63 ERA, a complete game shutout, a .226 BAA and a 7.8 K/9 mark. He also was named as the Phillies’ All-Star Futures Game representative.  His ERA was second in the International League behind only teammate Cole Irvin.

Additionally, De Los Santos made seven appearances (two starts) in the big leagues in 2018. With the Phillies, he had a 1-0 record with a 4.74 ERA while striking out 15 and walking eight in 19 innings.


In 2019, De Los Santos had his eyes set for a return to the majors, but opened the season with the IronPigs once again.  In 19 International League starts, De Los Santos produced a 5-7 record, a 4.40 ERA and a .232 batting average against.
 

Time with the Phillies didn't go as well as many hoped, as he appeared in five contest (one start), sporting a 7.36 ERA and a .317 batting average against. 

Listed at six-foot-three 170 pounds, the 24-year-old features a fastball that regularly clocks around 93-95 MPH and features sink to help draw ground ball outs. Additionally, he offers a curve ball, a great change up along with a nice slider. He’s got very good command and can throw each offering in any count. The slider was a new addition to his repertoire in recent seasons.

De Los Santos typically keeps his pitch count low, which can help with staying fresh throughout a contest. Also, he is a focused, intelligent pitcher that possesses and maintains a game plan for each outing.


The talented pitcher is dealing with a hamstring strain early in spring training, which will have his sidelined for the majority of a month, so it's likely that he won't get enough work during the exhibition season to make the big league team for opening day.

Described as fun to work with, De Los Santos seems to have the right tools to achieve success at the big league level. De Los Santos could be a top candidate as a contributor on the Phils' pitching staff this year if and when an opening pops up.

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