CINCINNATI -- In a relatively short amount of time, a pair of 21-year-old Reds prospects have made good impressions on the field. In addition, how outfielder Taylor Trammell and starting pitcher Tony Santillan handle themselves while not in games has also been noticed.
"Both of these guys have a maturity and contentiousness to what they do with preparation, competitiveness," said Shawn Pender, the Reds' vice president of player development.
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Trammell and Santillan were named as the Reds' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year by MLB Pipeline.
Each team's hitting and pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.
In 110 games for Class A Advanced Daytona, Trammell batted .277/.375/.406 with eight home runs, 41 RBIs, 25 steals and 71 runs. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the organization's No. 3 prospect and No. 17 overall.
Trammell also dazzled on a national stage this season when he was the MVP of the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game in Washington, D.C. He went 2-for-2 with a home run and a triple for Team USA.
"He just gets it," Pender said. "He knows there are things he needs to work on. He applies himself with the help of others. He keeps marching forward in all aspects of his game. Obviously offensively, the power he continues to show and the bat speed, and the athleticism that plays both offensively and defensively is really important to us. He's developing to be a better defender and a better baserunner."
Trammell was taken 35th overall in the first round by Cincinnati in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Santillan, ranked No. 5 in the organization by MLB Pipeline, was 10-7 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 26 games combined for Daytona and Double-A Pensacola in 2018. In 149 innings, the right-hander gave up 146 hits and 38 walks while striking out 134. A big kid that stands at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Santillan turned the corner last season after struggling his first two professional seasons. The 2015 second round pick has always been considered to have overpowering stuff, and now he's learned how to command it and manage a game.
"What really stood out to me was how aggressive he was in the strike zone and how he worked to get ahead," Pender said. "Usually when guys have good stuff and they're younger, you sometimes have to wait for the other things to happen -- the command and control. He just had increased feel with everything. The was marked improvement with his ability to locate the quality stuff that we all saw from this guy."
If Trammell and Santillan continue to advance at the current trajectory, Reds fans won't have to wait very long to get their first looks at two of the more promising young players in the organization.