The Reds have added to their prospect cache with another high schooler, this time with righty pitcher Antonio Santillan. Santillan is out of Seguin, TX.
Some info per MLB.com:
The MVP of the 2014 Connie Mack World Series, Santillan hit a key two-run double and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to win the championship game. He has the most electric arm in Texas this spring but showed little feel for harnessing it until late in the season. The Texas Tech recruit has a strong 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame and a very quick arm, and when he keeps his mechanics under control he looks like a future ace. Santillan can work at 93-95 mph fastball and hit 98, with some late life when he keeps it down in the zone. His curveball can be a true 12-to-6 hammer and reach the mid-80s. The problem is that Santillan can't hold his delivery together, often flying open and overthrowing. That causes his fastball to straighten out and his curve to lose its shape, and prevents him from keeping either pitch near the strike zone. He has yet to show much aptitude for throwing a changeup.
Looks like a guy who will need some polish, but the 98 MPH gas is pretty exciting and has a frame bigger than most pitchers the Reds normally go after. I'd guess that he'll get some TLC in Arizona this year.
Those control issues are scary, but with the amount of starting arms the Reds have close to the big leagues right now, they can probably afford a pick like this.
What do you think? Good pick? We've got one more to go later tonight.