On Monday, the Washington Nationals made pitcher Abel De Los Santos the latest former-Crawdads player to get to the majors when they purchased his contract from AA Harrisburg. He is the 138th former player to get to the majors
De Los Santos had a brief career with the Crawdads at the start of the 2014 season. A native of Puerto Plata, D.R, the lanky 6-foot-2, 180 lbs. fireballer showed a live arm during his short tenure at Hickory.
In eight relief outings with the Crawdads, De Los Santos had a 1.69 ERA with 12 strikeouts and one walk in 10.2 innings. He went on to finish the 2014 season at high-A Myrtle Beach before the Texas Rangers sent him to the Washington Nationals system in exchange for Ross Detweiler.
De Los Santos went 4-4 with eight saves and a 2.65 ERA at Harrisburg. He recorded 35 Ks, walked seven and put up a 0.88 WHIP in 37.1 innings.
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The only two earned runs De Los Santos gave up with Hickory came in a day game at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lexington’s Elier Hernandez took a 96 mph pitch well over the billboards in right. In talking with pitching coach Oscar Marin soon after, Marin said then that De Los Santos would have to learn that velocity alone was not enough.
“Yesterday was a nice little eye opener for him: 96, 97 up gets hit. Get it down. I think he’s got it and I think he’s going to make the adjustment, just like he has in the past. I think that’s the difference maker.”