Physical Description: Thick
pitcher's frame. Filled out; no remaining projection.
Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm
slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber. Quick,
medium-height leg kick with a long arm swing behind. Some effort
in delivery. Repeats delivery well.
90-92 mph. Tops out at 93 mph. Primarily throws sinkers, but
will mix in four-seamers also. Fastball velocity ticked up
slightly early in 2021, but returned back to the 90-92 mph range
as the season went on. Above-average control. Potential for
above-average command. Lacks bat-missing ability, more designed
to pitch to contact. Potential below-average offering.
Split-changeup: 82-84 mph. Throws with
deceptive arm speed. Good separation from fastball. Pitch shows
late dive. Potential average offering.
83-86 mph. Long, horizontal breaking ball. Does not land it in
the zone consistently. Potential average offering.
Career Notes: Acquired from the Phillies as the
player-to-be-named-later in exchange for CJ Chatham. Last start
for Phillies was (perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not) against
Portland. Reaction from Phillies media was that Dave Dombrowski
gave up way too much for a Triple-A depth infielder in Chatham by
trading Santos. Was suspended for three games (pushing back his
start by a day) in 2022 for his (unclear) role in a
benches-clearing brawl. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB
spring training in 2023.
Potential solid organizational starter. Ceiling of an emergency
up-and-down depth arm. Low ceiling. Potential for two
average secondary pitches, but lack of fastball potential limits
ceiling. Has solid feel for pitching and an advanced command
profile. Will throw strikes, but lacks put-away stuff against
minor league bats and will struggle even more against more
Scouting Scratch: Red Sox 2021 Rule 5 Preview (11.18.2021)