In what was a little bit of a surprise, Antonio Santillan will jump over pitching prospect Sal Romano for #11 on our Community Prospect Rankings list. This is not a knock on Santillan as the kid looks to have tons of potential. But, his 2016 season quickly unraveled when he got to Dayton, and there are some very serious concerns about his control. Good thing he's young and his career is just starting. He has plenty of time to impress, and this just shows how much you value a prospects potential. Tyler Mahle has been added to the list.
Sal Romano, 23, RHP
Alfredo Rodriguez, SS, 22
Phil Ervin, OF, 24
Shed Long, 21, 2B
Tyler Mahle, 22, RHP
Highest 2016 Level: AA (Pensacola)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 141:37 K:BB between A+ and AA
Most Worrisome Fact: Hit a roadblock at Pensacola, 4.78 FIP
Alias(es): Poppin' Mahle, Darth Mahle, Good Golly Miss Mahle
Mahle ran into his first bit of real trouble in his pro career in 2016, when he reached AA Pensacola, with a 1.374 WHIP and 4.92 ERA through his first 71.1 IP as a Wahoo. That's concerning, considering he's never had any trouble before, but what he did in Daytona was vintage Mahle (2..50 ERA, 4.47 K:BB).
Mahle doesn't have the top level stuff that the upper tier pitchers in this system have, but gosh darnit if he doesn't know how to use it. His fastball sits in the low 90s, touching 96mph. More interestingly is his secondary offerings, of which he has three. All of them are average or better, and he can throw them all for strikes at will.
The Reds brass probably wish they could morph Tyler Mahle and Robert Stephenson into one, superfreak pitching prospect. If Bob Steve had the pitchability and feel that Mahle has, or if Mahle had Bob Steve's stuff, we're talking about the cream of the crop. Alas, they are two separate pitching prospects, both of which could be fixtures in the Cincinnati rotation in the not-so-distant future.