Tony Santillan dominated the Biloxi Shuckers on Monday night in Pensacola. The 21-year-old right handed pitcher has had a breakout kind of season in 2018 and last night could have been his best start. Santillan racked up 11 strikeouts on the night to go with just two walks and four hits in 5.2 shutout innings.

It was the 20th start of the season for Tony Santillan. He made 15 with Daytona in the first half of the season and he’s made five more with Pensacola. Between the two stops he’s now sitting with a 2.48 ERA in 116.0 innings. That’s come along with 29 walks and 105 strikeouts.

The stuff has also been there for Tony Santillan. This season the big difference has been that for the most part he’s been able to pound the strikezone and avoid the walks. His walk rate has gone from below-average in the past to nearly elite this season.  To put into perspective just how much improvement there’s been this season – he could literally have twice as many walks as he currently does and it would still be better than his career rate entering the season.

Rylan Thomas wins Player of the Week

Last week was pretty good for Greeneville Reds first baseman Rylan Thomas. In fact, it was incredible. Thomas, Cincinnati’s 26th round pick in the draft this year, hit .526/.654/1.316 with seven walks, three strikeouts, three doubles, and four home runs. His 1.970 OPS on the week earned him the Appalachian League Player of the Week award.

The Reds may have taken Rylan Thomas in the 26th round, but his talent and signing bonus reflect a very different story than the round he was taken in. His signing bonus of $287,500 was the 6th most handed out by the Reds in 2018. The 21-year-old from Central Florida has been beating up on Appalachian League pitchers through 28 games played. He’s currently hitting .267/.452/.651 on the season. He’s walked more than he has struck out and is in the top five of several offensive categories in the league.

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