The Pirates called up Edgar Santana today, addressing their current bullpen issues by adding the top relief pitching prospect in the system. Santana has electric stuff, with a fastball that sits mid-90s and touches upper 90s with movement, and a sharp slider that is a plus offering and a strikeout pitch. He's a future late inning reliever, and might not need much time in the big leagues to reach that point.
These aren't usually things you say about a guy who is 25 years old, but Santana's age comes with the disclaimer that he's only been playing baseball for about six years, and made his pro debut in 2014. Since then, he made a meteoric climb through the system, going from the Dominican Summer League to the majors in three years. We don't typically do a "Book" article on relievers, but ...
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