Rylan Thomas has been named the Appy League Player of the Month for July. The Greeneville Reds first baseman played in 26 games during the month and hit an insane .316/.495/.734 in 107 plate appearances. That came with six doubles, nine home runs, 27 walks, and just 19 strikeouts.

The entire month was strong, but he ended the month on a tear over the final week. In seven games played from July 25th through the 31st he hit .545/.667/1.227. No, that’s not a typo. He posted an OPS of 1.894 in the final week of the month.

For the season the 21-year-old out of the University of Central Florida has a .291 average to go along with a .452 on-base percentage and a .641 slugging percentage.  He was taken in the 26th round by the Reds in the draft this past June, but don’t let the round he was taken in fool you. Cincinnati gave him the 6th largest signing bonus of any player that they drafted this past season.

Tony Santillan finally makes the Baseball America Top 100

The folks over at Baseball America have updated their Top 100 prospect list one final time for 2018. And they finally got their stuff together and have Cincinnati Reds prospect Tony Santillan in there. The 21-year-old, who made the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet earlier today, too, comes in at #99 overall on the list.

His dominance this season, mixed with his stuff, has earned him a spot on the list. Control has been what’s plagued him in past years, but Tony Santillan has walked just 30 batters in 2018 in 122.0 innings. The low walk rate has remained with the promotion to Double-A six starts ago. His 2.43 ERA between Daytona with the Tortugas and Pensacola with the Blue Wahoos leads the organization’s starting pitchers.

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