The latest Baseball America Hot Sheet is out and two Cincinnati Reds prospects found themselves among the 20 players on the list. Tony Santillan came in at the #4 spot on the list this week. The right hander allowed one earned run this past week in two starts, spanning 11.2 innings. He walked just three batters and he struck out 15.

That was just more of the same for Tony Santillan. The 21-year-old has made 15 starts with the Daytona Tortugas, and another six with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season. Across his 21 starts he has thrown 122.0 innings with 30 walks and 109 strikeouts. Oh, and that’s come along with a 2.43 ERA this season. His strikeout rate has jumped up in Double-A, where he has 36 strikeouts (and just eight walks) in 35.1 innings.

Rounding out the Top 20 was outfielder Mariel Bautista. I wrote a little bit about what he’s been doing lately on Sunday afternoon, so be sure to check that out if you missed it. For the 20-year-old Billings Mustangs outfielder, he cracked the list after hitting .471/.500/.765 on the week with six extra-base hits.

Like Santillan, he’s been pretty good this season. Mariel Bautista had a small slump in late June, but finds himself hitting .312/.363/.518 on the year for the Mustangs. In his 157 plate appearances over 37 games played he’s racked up 17 extra-base hits to go along with nine walks and 20 strikeouts. He also has stolen nine bases in ten attempts.

Update on Jon Moscot

Jon Moscot underwent Tommy John surgery in the 2016 season. He hasn’t pitched in a game since then. In fact, he’s barely thrown at all since then. Over the weekend he provided an update on the twitterverse.

This is good news for Jon Moscot, who is about to celebrate his birthday in less than two weeks. Things aren’t always a smooth road back after surgery. Sometimes there are complications along the way. Things don’t always go as planned in the medical field. Unfortunately for Moscot, he’s been the cautionary tale for the “things haven’t gone as planned” route. Hopefully the remainder of the journey back goes better than the start of it has.


14 Responses



    Given Scott Moss age – if he starts at AA next year, assuming all go well that he makes it to AAA by end of next year ?

    • Doug Gray

      It’s possible. But, you never really know. It depends on who is ahead of him in Triple-A, and how they are performing.

  2. Michael Smith

    When Moscot hurt his elbow was he on the mlb roster?

  3. Michael P

    Doug – Does Gabby Guerrero and Mason Williams not qualify as prospects or are they just not top 30 prospects? Also, what about D.J. Peterson – He was a former top #50 MLB prospect and #2 for Mariners in 2015 (dropped to #18 in 2016)?

    Here’s what minor league ball said about Peterson in 2015: 1B-3B, Grade B+: Age 23, 2013 first-rounder, hit .297/.360/.552 with 31 doubles, 31 homers, 45 walks, 116 strikeouts in 495 at-bats between High-A and Double-A. Draws praise for huge power, but mixed opinions on pure hitting skills. Not very good defensively at third base and likely ends up at first in the long run. Could get a big league trial sometime in 2015 and certainly in 2016.

  4. Shawn

    Good Luck to Jon l Moscot. I will be rooting for him.

  5. Jim

    Maybe Tony Santillan will get a look at spring training.
    Cueto bypassed AAA but had a 4.+ era in first and second years tho. Called improvement to be 4.50 era on the staff now.

    • Doug Gray

      When Cueto made the leap there weren’t 10 other options, either. Chances aren’t very good that happens next year.

      • Andrew

        Castillo did it last year as well! We had a lot of options then as well.

  6. Steve P


    Why isn’t Santillan getting any national love, from any publication or web site? He is a 2nd round pick so its not like this is coming out of nowhere.