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Deyvison De Los Santos has been mediocre in 123 games at Double-A (.253/.300/.426) while being extremely young for the level. The power-hitting corner infielder generates impressive exit velocities and hit 20 homers in 113 games last season, but his 0.20 BB/K portends significant struggles at the highest level. His readiness will be tested after Cleveland selected him in the Rule 5 draft and stole him from Arizona, at least for now. If he does not look capable in spring training of providing any value at the big-league level, the Guardians would likely return him to Arizona, but they may be able to find a short-side platoon role for De Los Santos in 2024, and if they keep him on the active roster all season they can send him back to the minors in 2025. In addition to an over-aggressive approach, De Los Santos has been a notoriously poor defender to date, which is partly why Arizona didn't protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He doesn't turn 21 until June and would likely be limited to designated hitter and some first base work if he spends the year on Cleveland's active roster.

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  • Diamondbacks' Deyvison De Los Santos: Strong start at Amarillo

    De Los Santos was named the Texas League Player of the Month for April after leading the circuit with 32 hits, seven home runs and 58 total bases for Double-Amarillo, Alex Weiner of Arizona Sports reports. De Los Santos spent the spring with the Guardians, who selected him in the Rule 5 draft, but he did not make Cleveland's roster. The 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic picked up at Amarillo where he left off in 2023. De Los Santos was added to the development list in 2023 following a rough start, but he crushed Double-A pitching in the second half of the season, posting a .322/.340/.596 slash line after July 14. The power-hitting prospect made strides at the plate while with the Guardians, developing a more "major league approach," according to Amarillo manager Tim Bogar, who feels the experience in a major-league spring training camp was helpful. To become a well-rounded prospect, De Los Santos needs to work on his defense. He's played both third and first base since being signed as a 16-year-old, but the organization plans to limit him to first base only going forward.
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  • Diamondbacks' Deyvison De Los Santos: Returned to D-backs

    De Los Santos cleared waivers Saturday and was returned to the Diamondbacks, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. De Los Santos was selected by the Guardians during the Rule 5 Draft in December, but he wasn't able to make the team's 26-man Opening Day roster. He'll now return to the Diamondbacks organization, losing his 40-man roster spot in the process. The 20-year-old infielder spent all of last season at Double-A Amarillo, slashing .254/.297/.431 across 481 plate appearances, but he could receive a bump to Triple-A Reno to begin 2024. The Guardians also experimented with giving De Los Santos reps in the corner outfield positions, but it's unclear whether that experiment will continue as he returns to Arizona.
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  • Guardians' Deyvison De Los Santos: Misses Opening Day roster

    De Los Santos is not listed on the Guardians' Opening Day roster, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. The Guardians attempted to add left and right field to De Los Santos' defensive skill set this spring in an effort to make him easier to carry on the 26-man roster, but he will fail to make the cut after posting a .545 OPS across 44 spring plate appearances. The Guardians acquired De Los Santos via the Rule 5 Draft this offseason, so the 20-year-old prospect will now be offered back to the Diamondbacks and likely head to Double-A or Triple-A to begin the year.
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  • Diamondbacks' Deyvison De Los Santos: Hot start in High-A

    De Los Santos has hit .329/.345/.565 with five homers and a steal in 20 games since being promoted to High-A Hillsboro. Those are impressive numbers, but they come with two major asterisks: a .418 BABIP and a 2:25 BB:K. However, he's also a 19-year-old in a league where he's 3.5 years younger than the average player, so the fact that he's been able to put up gaudy numbers early on in High-A despite facing more advanced pitching has to weigh in his favor. He won't be rushed to the big leagues and he may not stick at third base, where he's been an absolute butcher this season (15 errors), but there are precious few minor leaguers who can match his power.
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  • Diamondbacks' Deyvison De Los Santos: Has himself a week

    De Los Santos recorded three hits in five separate games for Single-A Visalia last week, earning a spot on the Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week, Tylor Maun of MLB.com reports. De Los Santos went 15-for-26 with two home runs, one triple, six RBI and six runs scored over six games against Inland Empire. Overall, the corner infielder is slashing .315/.355/.508 with 11 homers and 56 RBI over 61 games for the Rawhide. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds, the 19-year-old has the body for power. The Diamondbacks hope his body lets him stick at third base, but there remains a chance he outgrows the position and has to move across the diamond to first base.
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