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Phillies promote prospect Enyel De Los Santos

What to look for in his MLB debut

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Today the Philadelphia Phillies promoted right-hander Enyel De Los Santos to the big league roster. He’ll make his MLB debut tonite against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.

Enyel De Los Santos was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. He was traded to the San Diego Padres in November of 2015 for Joaquin Benoit, then had successful 2016 and 2017 seasons in the Friars system. The Phillies picked him up this past winter for Freddy Galvis.

De Los Santos ranked 11th on the pre-season Philadelphia Phillies Top 20 Prospects for 2018 list with this comment:

11) Enyel De Los Santos, RHP, Grade B-: Age 22, from the Dominican Republic, traded from the San Diego Padres to the Phillies for Freddy Galvis in December 2017; posted 3.78 ERA in Double-A with 138/48 K/BB, 131 hits; another hard-thrower with mid-90s fastball, throws strikes, curveball and change-up both have moments but often not in the same game; I think he’s a bit more likely to remain a starter than the similar (but taller) Franklyn Kilome but other observers like Kilome a little better; ETA 2020.

Franklyn Kilome has struggled with command issues this year in Double-A but De Los Santos has taken a large step forward, posting a 1.89 ERA in 95 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with an 87/31 K/BB and just 72 hits allowed.

Listed at 6-3, 170, De Los Santos was born Christmas Day, 1995. As noted he’s got the mid-90s fastball that everyone looks for. His change-up continues to progress and at this point is better than his curve, which can still get rather slurvy. That said, I think the frequently-made assumption that EDLS will wind up in the pen is misplaced and that the breaking ball is sufficient for him to be a decent starter.

Key factors to watch: the breaking ball of course, as well as his ability to command his fastball, which often rides in on right-handed hitters.