20-Year-Old Pitcher – Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Santillan's high-90s fastball is a monster pitch, and even when his control was well below-average (in 2016), that heater pointed to a big-league future in relief, where he would likely sit around 98-...
Tony Santillan Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Reds in June 2015 that includes a $1.35 million signing bonus.
Santillan has thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings for Low-A Dayton, including five shutout frames Friday against Fort Wayne, where he struck out eight.
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsBailey, Homer (P)
AAAAllen, Brandon (1B)
AAAquino, Aristides (OF)
A+Collymore, Malik (OF)
ASantillan, Tony (P)
RookieCase, Cash (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The narrative entering the season with Santillan was that he would need to make huge improvements with his control and changeup to realize his potential as a mid-rotation starter who strikes out a batter per inning. The 9.8 percent walk rate he posted in the Pioneer League was a big step in the right direction, but he then proceeded to walk 17.4 percent of the batters he faced after a promotion to the Midwest League. The changeup is a feel pitch, and he was not going to develop an average one overnight, so the most immediate concern is whether he can throw significantly more strikes in a return to Low-A Dayton. Santillan's double-plus fastball and hammer curveball are not going anywhere, so a high-leverage relief role remains his realistic floor. He turns 20 on April 15, affording him plenty of time to make the necessary improvements, but the most likely outcome is that yet another high-upside Reds pitching prospect winds up in the bullpen.