De Fratus is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. While moving up through the minor leagues early in his career, he struggled to find other Catholics, as many of his teammates were either Protestants or not religious. He says it was easy to slide away from leading a Catholic lifestyle. He admits to struggling with his faith after the arm injury in 2012, but now says the injury was a gift from God to help him better understand his faith: “I really feel that the setback was God telling me, ‘Hey you are not done. You are not done yet figuring out what you need to figure out, and I am going to give you a little more time.’ There is a big reason why that injury happened and I feel that I used it as best as I could have.” Since then, De Fratus claims that he has realized there is more to life than material success and has developed his faith.
Before last season, De Fratus got into some controversy with a Phillies blogger named Bill Baer and the Black Lives Matter campaign when he tweeted, “I’m sick of this black vs. white and men vs. women garbage that’s been going on. We’re just people. #AllLivesMatter.”
Blogger Bill Baer responded by writing that De Fratus is “complicit in perpetuating a system which inflicts violence on those who didn’t have the luxury of being born white and male and straight and in an economically-stable area.”
De Fratus responded via Facebook with a post: “I sincerely hope that you will take the time to talk to me personally next time before you decide to hide behind your computer screen and criticize me, my upbringing and my character based on 140 characters. I do not apologize for anything I have said. I have a platform and I WILL use it for the agenda of love.”
Shortly after this little ruckus, De Fratus deleted his public Facebook profile and stopped using Twitter.