With Kenta Maeda straining his hip last night the Dodgers are going to need some pitching help. That help is going to come in the form of prospect Dennis Santana, who Fanrag Sports reports is being called up to Los Angeles.
Santana, a 22-year-old righty, was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop but has progressed nicely as a pitcher in the Dodgers system and is now generally considered to be one of the team’s top five prospects. He began the season in Double-A and has only spent about two weeks at Oklahoma City. Nonetheless, he has posted 2.54 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 16 walks in 49.2 innings in ten minor league starts.
Figure he’ll begin in the pen but, at some point, he could see some big league starts.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.