Last night saw Cincinnati Reds prospect Tony Santillan take the mound in Tampa and go through the Tarpons order at will. The just turned 21-year-old right handed pitcher threw 6.0 shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He wouldn’t walk a batter on the night and he struck out five of the 20 hitters that he faced. He also recorded seven outs via the ground ball with just one coming in the air. It was a dominant performance. And it was just more of the same for the Texan.
Tony Santillan got the nod on opening night for Daytona. In that game he threw 4.0 innings with just an unearned run on the ledger against him. The next time out saw 6.0 innings of 1-hit baseball that included eight strikeouts. For the 2018 season, through three starts, Santillan has yet to allow an earned run. In his 16.0 innings pitched he’s given up just eight hits, walked just four batters, and he’s racked up 18 strikeouts.
The numbers are a great start to the season. But when those numbers are put up by a guy who has the kind of stuff that Tony Santillan has, well, his could get really, really fun to keep an eye on.
Josh VanMeter keeps raking for Pensacola
The 2018 season has gotten off to a great start for Josh VanMeter. The “can play almost anywhere” VanMeter has already seen time at second, shortstop, and left field this season. It’s what he’s been doing at the plate, though, that’s incredibly impressive.
In 11 games played for Double-A Pensacola, Josh VanMeter has hit .364, going 12-33. That includes six doubles and a home run. It’s not just the average that’s been impressive. He’s walked 10 times with just seven strikeouts, giving him a .500 on-base percentage on the year. Those extra-base hits that were mentioned earlier? Yeah, that’s led to a .636 slugging percentage. For those keeping track at home, that’s good for a 1.136 OPS for the just turned 23-year-old.