Can you feel that warmth? Can you? It’s the HOT STOVE, baby, and it’s heating up.
Freddy Galvis, he of poor contact rates and weak infield pop ups, is on his way to San Diego.
Can confirm @BNightengale report that the Phillies are getting Double-A RHP Enyel De Los Santos in return for Freddy Galvis.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 15, 2017
Before we get to the return, a Double-A starting pitcher named Enyel De Los Santos, let’s me first briefly eulogize the departing Galvis.
The guy, he, uh, he tried hard and seemed…nice? That’s about all I’ve got. If you’re looking for some glowing tribute to Galvis, who was until today the longest tenured Phillie, then this isn’t the piece for you.
By the end of his six-year run with the Phillies, most recognized Galvis as a light-hitting, slick-fielding shortstop, who was adequate as a space eater on bad baseball teams, but only after spending years foolishly believing that his bat could potentially catch up to his glove. Galvis, frankly, annoyed me—even if it wasn’t entirely his fault. Occasionally, he would heat up, drive the gaps, and maybe even pop a home run or two. He did just enough to make you think that maybe the light would finally go on, but, of course, it never did. At the plate, he lacked situational awareness and his baffling offensive approach often resulted in a failure to reach base, knock in runs, or move runners in close games. To me, Galvis, more so than any other player who has suited up for the Phillies over the past six seasons, best embodied the team’s directionless “What the hell is this?” feel. I felt much the same way about Galvis as I did the teams he played on, which was, “I would like this to be better.” I wish him well and all, but good riddance.
As for De Los Santos, who will be 22 years old at the start of next season, the reports are mixed. He posted a 10-6 record with a 3.78 ERA, 138 strikeouts and 48 walks over 150 innings pitched in the Texas League a year ago. While those numbers aren’t eye popping, it’s worth mentioning that at 21 years old, he was three years younger than league average. And for what it’s worth (not much), MLB Pipeline rated De Los Santos as the Padres’ thirteenth best prospect and is now the Phillies’ ninth rated prospect. He has decent control, throws in the low to mid-90s, and is considered close to Major League ready as a back of the rotation starter with not much more of a ceiling than that.
I’m not going to pretend to know the entire book on De Los Santos, but I can tell you he joins a Phillies organization that has a lot of marginally talented starting pitchers at their disposal. For the past two seasons, they’ve trotted out arms like Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, and Mark Leiter, hoping that a few of these guys will eventually put it together and stick. The returns have been unsteady, at best, with none of them having placed a stranglehold on a spot in the rotation. With those unsteady performances and a glaring lack of starting pitching available on the market, De Los Santos most certainly will get an opportunity to stick—and that’s better than what I would’ve expected in exchange for Galvis.