The Cincinnati Reds have selected RHP Tony Santillan out of Seguin High School in Texas.
Santillan has a huge, huge arm. He is a 6′ 3″ and 240 lb right handed pitcher. He’s known as an outstanding athlete who could be a two way player if he goes unsigned and winds up at Texas Tech, though he is expected to sign.
The right hander has a huge amount of upside, sitting 93-95 MPH and touching 98 throughout the spring. He does that with clean mechanics without much effort. He also throws a plus slider that’s a true swing and miss offering. He has a change up, but he hasn’t used it much and it’s a clear third offering for him. The drawback is that he’s struggled with his control and tinkered with his mechanics in the spring and saw things get worse from there.
There’s a lot of risk with a guy who struggles to throw strikes, but Santillan has the kind of arm strength you can dream on and as a strong athlete, there’s a chance he can work with professional coaches and work out his mechanics. High-risk/high-reward pick here for the Reds.