The Phillies traded their starting shortstop, Freddy Galvis, to the Padres Friday. Who did they get from San Diego in return?
De Los Santos was San Diego’s No. 13 overall prospect according to MLB.com. The righty was their eighth-best pitching prospect. He will now be Philadelphia’s No. 9 prospect according to MLB.com.
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De Los Santos was a late bloomer as a prospect as he didn’t sign with the Mariners until July of 2014 when he was 18 years old, when most international prospects are signed at 16. San Diego acquired him when they traded Joaquin Benoit to Seattle after the 2015 season.
De Los Santos split 2016 between Low-A and High-A, posting a 3.72 ERA, 1.207 WHIP, and 2.55 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
He was strong in Low-A with a 2.91 ERA but he had some struggles in High-A with a 4.35 ERA.
This year, the 21-year-old spent the entire season in Double-A. He made 26 appearances (24 starts) with a 3.78 ERA, 3.64 fielding-independent pitching, and 1.19 WHIP. He struck out 22.4 percent of opposing hitters and walked 7.8 percent.
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De Los Santos took a step forward this year in terms of stuff, as his fastball sits 93-95 mph and tops out at 97. He uses it low in the zone to induce a lot of ground balls. His curveball and changeup both flash average or better, but he still needs to improve them. He already
MLB.com says that De Los Santos still needs some time to be big-league ready, but he has all the makings of a No. 4 or 5 starter. He adds to an already large amount of pitching depth the team has. Considering how many pitchers will be in Triple-A next year, there’s a strong chance he starts the year with Double-A Reading.
He still won’t need to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2018 season.
This isn’t a huge return for Galvis, but he is only a rental for San Diego as he is a free agent at the end of the season. Even then, De Los Santos adds another intriguing arm to the system.