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Dennis Santana

Born: 04/12/1996 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 190
Santana stays upright throughout most of his delivery. He has an average leg raise before a small step slightly towards 3B and stays closed before rotating around his front foot and delivering the ball from a slot between three quarters and cross-fire with minimal follow-through. Clean arm.

Santana's athleticism allows him to repeat better than would be expected, but mechanics probably won't allow command to improve much if at all.
Evaluator Kevin Carter
Report Date 06/06/2018
Affiliate Tulsa Drillers (AA, Dodgers)
Dates Seen 4/5/2018
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2018
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 92 95 Plus arm-side action when over the inner half. Loses a bit of life on the outer half. Throws it for strikes, but struggles to located within the zone. Below-average command of the pitch.
Slider 55 84 85 Flashes above-average with above-average dive and deception. Struggles to maintain quality of pitch from inning to inning and also leaves the pitch up with some frequency.
Changeup 45 81 82 Flashes below-average with fringy tumble and no arm-side action. Hitters can get fooled and still make contact on the pitch. Inconsistent command of the pitch.

Dennis Santana has a reliever profile. He attacks the zone with above-average velocity on his fastball with plus arm-side action. He mixes in a slider that flashes above-average with above-average dive that generates whiffs, especially against right-handed hitters. His changeup is a mix-in pitch that flashes below-average with limited tumble and feel for the pitch.

While Santana throws strikes, his delivery makes it hard for him to command well within the zone and often leaves his fastball in places that more advanced hitters will crush. This likely causes an eventual move to the bullpen where he will be able to increase the effectiveness of his fastball/slider combo.

If Santana is able to improve his command a grade despite the delivery issues and continues to improve on the consistency of both his slider and changeup, he has a chance to stick in a rotation, but it's more likely that the command issues will force him to settle for a role in the middle of a bullpen.

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