Game preview (7/14/16): Mahle and Santillan take the hill

Overview: Tyler Mahle will look to build off his best outing at the Double-A level, while Antonio Santillan gears up for a top prospect pitching match up in Billings.

reds

Reds – off for All-Star break

louisville

Louisville – Triple-A All-Star Game

pensacola

Pensacola at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Tyler Mahle (3-1, 3.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 24 K, 7 BB)

Notes: Tyler Mahle will make his fifth Double-A start of the season on Wednesday night, having mastered High-A and earning a mid-June promotion after tossing a no hitter. He has seen some turbulence at the level so far, but his last outing was one of his strongest. He went seven innings, allowing five hits and just one run. He walked one and struck out five. With eight strikeouts in his first two Double-A starts, Mahle 24 in 21.2 innings coming in.

daytona

Daytona at St. Lucie, 6:30 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBA

Notes: While the Daytona site has not listed a starter yet for the game, but if the rotation follows, it would be Jake Paulson taking the hill. The last outing for Paulson was tied for his shortest of the season, as he allowed six hits and two unearned runs going just 2.1 innings. However, he has not given up an earned run in his past four outings (three starts), spanning 10 innings.

dayton

Beloit at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Jacob Constante (4-7, 4.39 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 57 K, 37 BB)

Notes: The lefty Constante makes his 17th appearance and 16th start of the season on Thursday. The numbers are not overwhelming in any directions, but issues with command has been a constant, as he has walked over four hitters per nine innings. However, that total is an improvement on his five per nine last season. Prior to walking four hitters his last time out, Constante had not walked more than two in a game since May 22.

billings

Grand Junction at Billings, 9:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Antonio Santillan (0-0, 3.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 35 K, 13 BB)

Notes: In what appears to be the pitching match up of the night, Antonio Santillan will battle Rockies No. 4 overall pick in 2016 Riley Pint. Both pitchers were large, hyped high school pitchers at draft time. For Santillan, command has been the main issue thus far in his pro career, as he has posted BB/9 totals of five or above this and last season. However, he also has astronomical K/9 numbers as well. In his past two outings, Santillan has walked nine, but also struck out eight in 9.2 innings of work.

reds

AZL Dodgers at AZL Reds, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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