Yerry De Los Santos

YERRY DE LOS SANTOS, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: December 12, 1997
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

The Pirates signed De Los Santos for $100,000, which by their standards is a lot for a pitcher.  He was throwing in the upper-80s as of 2017, but by spring of 2019 was sitting in the mid-90s.  He’s struggled for much of his career with various arm and shoulder injuries, including Tommy John surgery.

2015
DSL: 1-5-0, 4.73 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 59.0 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 4.3 K/9

In 14 starts in the DSL, De Los Santos got hit around quite a bit.  He didn’t walk many, but missed very few bats.

2016
INJURED

De Los Santos had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season.

2017
DSL:  1-0-0, 1.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 8.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 4.2 K/9

Back in the DSL, De Los Santos was getting better results, but after five relief appearances was shut down.

2018
DSL:  0-0-0, 2.89 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 9.1 IP, 3.9 BB/9, 12.5 K/9
R:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 3.0 K/9
R+:  0-0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 15.0 K/9

De Los Santos went back to the DSL, making seven relief appearances before the Pirates promoted him to the GCL.  He got into two games there and then three in Bristol.  He still only threw 17 innings, but at least showed some ability to miss bats.

2019
A:  4-2-13, 1.44 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 50.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 13.1 K/9

The Pirates seem to be trying to push De Los Santos and they moved him up to Greensboro in May.  He served as closer and dominated the league, striking out 38% of the batters he faced.  He held right-handed batters to a .464 OPS, but left-handed batters managed only .581.

De Los Santos was eligible for the Rule 5 draft and the Pirates did not add him to the 40-man roster.  He hasn’t pitched above low A, but low-level, hard-throwing relievers are a popular target in the draft.  Fortunately, he didn’t get drafted.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.