Meet your newest Cleveland Guardian: Deyvison De Los Santos

Earlier in the week, Major League Baseball had their Rule 5 Draft. In the Major League portion of the draft, the Cleveland Guardians selected infielder Deyvison De Los Santos, from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the Diamondbacks' fifth-ranked prospect. Each team pays $100,000 to select a player in the Major League portion, but the player has to stay on the active Major League roster for the entirety of the season, or else the player will be offered back to his original team for $50,000.

De Los Santos is a twenty-year-old, 5'11, 185 pound infielder from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He mainly plays third base. De Los Santos was originally signed by the Diamondbacks in 2019 when he was sixteen, and got all the way up to Double-A Amarillo this season. In 2023 for the Sod Poodles, he hit .254 with 20 homeruns, 61 RBI's, a .297 OBP, .431 SLG, .728 OBP, and scored 73 runs in 113 games.

De Los Santos' biggest issue is strikeouts. In 452 at-bats he struck out 27.6% of the time, which is a very high clip. When he does put the ball in play, it bodes well for him, as he finished with 2023 with 16 doubles, and two triples, along with twenty homeruns.

De Los Santos' three-run homer 9/21/23

One of De Los Santos' other issues is his fielding. Although he posted a .992 fielding % at first base in Double-A this past season, it's unlikely he will get much playing time there at the Major League level with names such as Josh Naylor, Kyle Manzardo, and Gabriel Arias splitting playing time at first base. At third base, where De Los Santos played for most of his 2023 campaign, he had a .932 fielding %, making 12 errors in 176 chances. Jose Ramirez was a better defender at third base this past season for the Guardians, putting up a .956 fielding % and making 14 errors in 318 chances.

So, these two rather significant issues prop up a very interesting question: Will De Los Santos get significant playing time or not? The Guardians have a plethora of third basemen and middle infielders who can play third as well, so it will be a tough choice for Stephen Vogt to decide which of the youngsters will get a good amount of playing time. Of course, Jose Ramirez has third base locked up, so the most possible situation is that De Los Santos plays third when Jose has an off day or is the designated hitter for a game. Otherwise, it's not one-hundred percent that De Los Santos will get a good amount of playing time.

Regardless, De Los Santos is a solid pickup for the Guardians from the Rule 5 Draft, as the team needed a player with some power in the lineup. A raw twenty-year-old infielder could be the perfect recipe for some young success in Stephen Vogt's first season as manager.

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