Phillies acquire righty De Los Santos for Galvis

Padres' No. 13 prospect headed to Philly in exchange for infielder

Enyel De Los Santos had 138 strikeouts and 48 walks in 150 innings at Double-A in 2017. (SA Missions/Dave Michael)

By Danny Wild / | December 15, 2017 1:50 PM

The Phillies added right-handed prospect Enyel De Los Santos on Friday in a deal that helps San Diego reshape its infield.

De Los Santos, the Padres' No. 13 prospect, was shipped east in exchange for shortstop Freddy Galvis, who will become a free agent following the 2018 season.

De Los Santos, a 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, was penciled in as the Phillies' new No. 9 prospect by shortly after the trade was reported. The 6-foot-3 starter went 10-6 with a 3.78 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 150 innings this past season at Double-A San Antonio. He held Texas League batters to a .237 average, walked 48 and limited opponents to 131 hits and 69 runs in 26 outings, 24 of which were starts. His only struggles came with the long ball -- he was tied for 10th in the circuit with a dozen homers allowed.

De Los Santos was a 2016 Midwest League All-Star with Class A Fort Wayne and won a pair of Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors this year. He split the 2016 campaign between the TinCaps and Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, going 8-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 26 games. He appeared in 13 games in 2015 across two levels, when he was 6-0 with a 3.47 ERA in 62 1/3 innings.

San Antonio pitching coach Jimmy Jones spoke to about De Los Santos in August, when he said the righty had improved his consistency.

"One of things with Enyel the past couple of months is that he's been able to repeat what he's doing as far as his intensity. Sometimes he'd get to the point where he wants to overthrow a little bit and tonight, from the first batter on, he seemed like he was in control of his emotions out there and he was making pitches," Jones said after De Los Santos fell five outs shy of throwing a no-hitter on Aug. 12 against Tulsa.

Video: San Antonio's De Los Santos gets seventh K

"I'm looking at a guy who's matured since April," Jones told "When he's on the mound, he does what he needs to do to get guys out. He's been able to slow the game down a lot more than he was earlier this year."

Jones said De Los Santos featured a slider and changeup this season to go along with his fastball, which he said had shown improved command. He boasted about the righty's added confidence in July, too.

"One of the things that I've seen is more confidence than anything else," he said after De Los Santos tossed seven scoreless frames on July 24. "It seems like once he settles in, he finds the pitches that are working for him." 

Video: San Antonio's De Los Santos gets through six

In 65 career games, the starter is 24-11 with a 3.70 ERA and 306 strikeouts in 333 1/3 innings.

"He's able to recognize in the game what he's able to use to get these hitters out," Jones said. "To me, that's what good pitchers do. You're not necessarily going to have a great changeup tonight or a great curveball or slider, but you use what you have to expose the weaknesses of the hitters."

Galvis heads to San Diego in the wake of the Yankees shipping third baseman Chase Headley back to the Padres. The 28-year-old became expendable with the emergence of Phillies infield prospects J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery. Crawford, Philadelphia's No. 4 prospect, came up in September and hit .214 in 23 games while Kingery, the Phils' No. 3 prospect, has hit .284 in 329 career Minor League games.

Danny Wild is an editor for Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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