UPDATE: You know your farm system is thin when a waiver wire pickup enters your top 30 prospect list. De Los Santos is now the #24 prospect in the system. 7th round pick from 2015, Hutton Moyer, was the odd man out and was bumped off the top 30 prospect list.
Billy Eppler pretty much never gets a day off. Such is the life of a baseball GM. He'd continues to search for hidden gems among someone else's leftovers - and you know when is just may work.
This time, it was Abel De Los Santos, a 23-year-old Dominican right hander.
De Los Santos has been passed around a bit since he first landed in minor league ball with the Rangers at age 17. He's also played for the Nationals briefly. He has 7.1 total MLB innings under his belt and a 9.82 ERA and 1.909 WHIP. HIs minor league career starts are a 3.31 ERA, 1.164 WHIP and 403 Ks in 394 innings.
Here's a video of him pitching from 2014:
His fastball sits in the 89-93 range and can hit 96-97 at times. He's super tough on right handed hitters and does still have some control issues (which have gotten better). He also throws a slider, curve, and changeup. His curve is his main secondary pitch and sees the most action next to his fastball.
"He's been closing some games for [Harrisburg], pitching high-leverage situations and back-of-the-bullpen situations for them. Everybody loves his stuff." -Matt Williams on Nats' right-hander Abel de Los Santos