Rylan Thomas named Appy League Player of the Month Doug Gray August 6, 2018 7 Comments Rylan Thomas has been named the Appy League Player of the Month for July. The Greeneville Reds first baseman played in 26 games during the month and hit an insane .316/.495/.734 in 107 plate appearances. That came with six doubles, nine home runs, 27 walks, and just 19 strikeouts. The entire month was strong, but he ended the month on a tear over the final week. In seven games played from July 25th through the 31st he hit .545/.667/1.227. No, that’s not a typo. He posted an OPS of 1.894 in the final week of the month. For the season the 21-year-old out of the University of Central Florida has a .291 average to go along with a .452 on-base percentage and a .641 slugging percentage. He was taken in the 26th round by the Reds in the draft this past June, but don’t let the round he was taken in fool you. Cincinnati gave him the 6th largest signing bonus of any player that they drafted this past season. Tony Santillan finally makes the Baseball America Top 100 The folks over at Baseball America have updated their Top 100 prospect list one final time for 2018. And they finally got their stuff together and have Cincinnati Reds prospect Tony Santillan in there. The 21-year-old, who made the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet earlier today, too, comes in at #99 overall on the list. His dominance this season, mixed with his stuff, has earned him a spot on the list. Control has been what’s plagued him in past years, but Tony Santillan has walked just 30 batters in 2018 in 122.0 innings. The low walk rate has remained with the promotion to Double-A six starts ago. His 2.43 ERA between Daytona with the Tortugas and Pensacola with the Blue Wahoos leads the organization’s starting pitchers. 7 Responses IMHO August 6, 2018 Good to see that. He’s been bustin his butt out there. Wes August 6, 2018 Mella is in. Bobsteve making his season debut Wednesday looks like a sure thing. Santos L Helper August 6, 2018 Now that he’s been noticed nationally it’s a matter of time before the Reds curse strikes and he has tightness in his elbow. Brad August 7, 2018 Doug – why did Thomas get such a high bonus for being a JR and a 26th round pick? Michael Smith August 7, 2018 Question was would he sign or stay at UCF. Eric Wormus August 7, 2018 I know you tend to think the Reds aren’t as slow with moving players through the system as some of us (me included) do, but isn’t Rylan Thomas an example of being possibly a little too slow? I’m not saying he’s going to be an All-Star or anything, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason to keep a 21 year old in Rookie League when he’s getting on base nearly 50% of the time, slugging .650 and walking more than he strikes out. I know there’s only a month left in the season, but it seems he’s a prime candidate based on age and numbers to play the last month in Dayton if for no other reason than to give him a leg up for next year. IMHO August 7, 2018 Rylan has played in 3 straight games – anyone know why?