Tony Santillan continues his strong start to 2018 Doug Gray April 18, 2018 5 Comments Last night saw Cincinnati Reds prospect Tony Santillan take the mound in Tampa and go through the Tarpons order at will. The just turned 21-year-old right handed pitcher threw 6.0 shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He wouldn’t walk a batter on the night and he struck out five of the 20 hitters that he faced. He also recorded seven outs via the ground ball with just one coming in the air. It was a dominant performance. And it was just more of the same for the Texan. Tony Santillan got the nod on opening night for Daytona. In that game he threw 4.0 innings with just an unearned run on the ledger against him. The next time out saw 6.0 innings of 1-hit baseball that included eight strikeouts. For the 2018 season, through three starts, Santillan has yet to allow an earned run. In his 16.0 innings pitched he’s given up just eight hits, walked just four batters, and he’s racked up 18 strikeouts. The numbers are a great start to the season. But when those numbers are put up by a guy who has the kind of stuff that Tony Santillan has, well, his could get really, really fun to keep an eye on. Josh VanMeter keeps raking for Pensacola The 2018 season has gotten off to a great start for Josh VanMeter. The “can play almost anywhere” VanMeter has already seen time at second, shortstop, and left field this season. It’s what he’s been doing at the plate, though, that’s incredibly impressive. In 11 games played for Double-A Pensacola, Josh VanMeter has hit .364, going 12-33. That includes six doubles and a home run. It’s not just the average that’s been impressive. He’s walked 10 times with just seven strikeouts, giving him a .500 on-base percentage on the year. Those extra-base hits that were mentioned earlier? Yeah, that’s led to a .636 slugging percentage. For those keeping track at home, that’s good for a 1.136 OPS for the just turned 23-year-old. 5 Responses The Duke April 18, 2018 How has the changeup been progressing for Santillan? The fastball and slider have always been there (especially the fastball), so if his changeup can be a consistent weapon, he’s going to have a very good repitoire of pitches. And if the control/consistency comes around this year, we’ll see him in Cincinnati before the end of 2019 CP April 19, 2018 Love that this kid is showing out so far. I’m all for pushing him if he shows he is ready for the next level. I wonder though, if they piles of guys ahead of him will come into play when the FO decides how to progress this kid…. Then again, Homer Bailey will be off the books after 2019. So there is a spot there. Plus you have the constant injury concerns, particularly with Disco/Finny. The tandem of higher ceiling SP’s in Santillan and Greene will go a long way to extending the next competitive window for the Reds. Home grown Ace’s are so hard to come by. To think that by late 2020 the Reds will have potentially 3 guys who fit that bill is encouraging (Castillo, Santillan, Greene). Still a long, long way to go for both Santiallian and Greene, but as one of my favorite movies put it: “So you’re saying there’s a chance?!” RedsinWashSt April 18, 2018 Great news on Santillan, he will probably move to 2A after the all star game. wes April 18, 2018 Reds 19 innings and counting without a run. This offense is flat and needs a shake up! And the bench is absolutely terrible. The longer Price remains in control of this team- the quicker fans still content with rebuild will give up following them. Hard to watch! I would send Mahle down and get the service time. Let him perform and earn a spot later in the season. RobL April 18, 2018 Not sure how firing Price will get this team to hit. They are better than they have shown, so they will improve. If Price is fired, a rise in offense would just be coincidence.