Phillies pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos will be the lone Phillie representing the organization at the MLB Futures Game this season.
While the major-league All-Star rosters have not been announced, we know who will be representing the Phillies from the minor leagues. Triple-A pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos was selected for the MLB Futures Game to play for the World Team. He and other top prospects from around the league will square off July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
De Los Santos has already been selected to start the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place on July 11. Lehigh Valley’s pitching coach, Dave Lundquist, told Tom Housenick of the Morning Call that the club hasn’t decided when De Los Santos will pitch. Either way, he will only pitch in one game.
There is a chance De Los Santos may even be needed to pitch in the majors. The team will need a starter either Sunday or Monday, and manager Gabe Kapler told reporters that De Los Santos could potentially be that starter.
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De Los Santos joins a long line of current Phils who have been to the Futures Game. Rhys Hoskins (2017), Scott Kingery (2017), Dylan Cozens (2016), Aaron Nola (2015), J.P. Crawford (2014 and 2015), and Maikel Franco (2014) all made appearances in the Futures Game.
De Los Santos has been tremendous this season since being traded from the Padres for Freddy Galvis.
In 16 starts for Lehigh Valley, De Los Santos has a 1.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio. De Los Santos’s ERA is the best in the International League and his WHIP rates third behind fellow IronPig Cole Irvin and Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks.
According to MLB.com, De Los Santos is Philadelphia’s No. 11 overall prospect and the sixth-best pitching prospect. They still have to make their midseason prospect update and there is a good chance that he will rise up the rankings when they do.
De Los Santos possesses a mid-90s fastball and a strong changeup to pair with it. Right now his curveball is still developing, but if he can piece it together, he will be a good back-end reliever. His fastball-changeup combo could profile well out of the bullpen if he can’t find that changeup.