Tony Santillan has one of the best arms in the Cincinnati Reds organization. However, he’s battled with consistency since he was drafted. At times, he’s been flat out dominant. But he’s also had times where he’s battled control and struggled. On Monday night, Tony Santillan was dominant.
The 20-year-old right hander took the mound on Monday against Cedar Rapids and started the game with back-to-back strikeouts in the 1st. Both strikeouts were of the swinging variety. The second inning saw two more strikeouts, but this time they were looking.
In the third inning he allowed his first hit of the game, but picked the runner off to end the inning. In the fourth inning Jermaine Palacios homered to lead off the inning. That would be the last hit, and run, that Tony Santillan would allow. He struck out two more Kernels batters in the inning. He did the same thing in the fifth and the sixth inning.
Ten strikeouts. No walks. Dominant. The righty lowered his ERA to 3.55 on the season, throwing 94 pitches in the game with 61 strikes. For the year he now has thrown 33.0 innings on the year with 35 strikeouts. That’s also come along with 18 walks.
Between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Tony Santillan has started 13 games with the Dayton Dragons. Last night was his third 10 strikeout game. On August 17th and September 2nd of last year he also struck out 10 batters.
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