When the Cincinnati Reds assigned Jose Siri to Dayton to begin the 2016 season it was a bit of a head scratcher. The outfielder managed a .246/.259/.444 line with three walks and 64 strikeouts for the AZL Reds the previous year. It’s a big jump from Arizona to Dayton and it showed rather quickly. The then 20-year-old went into a huge slump after having hits in the first two games. He played in 14 more games in April where he hit .156. He had hits in just three of those 14 games, walking just once and striking out 20 times.

Things got worse in May with the Dragons. After going 1-4 with a double on the 1st, Jose Siri went 2-27 with a walk and 13 strikeouts in the next nine games (.074). That would wrap up his time in Dayton as he was sent back to extended spring training. In 27 games in the Midwest League he hit .145/.163/.181 with two walks and 34 strikeouts.

Five weeks later the short season leagues began and Jose Siri joined the Billings Mustangs. Things could not have gotten out to much of a better start for the outfielder. In his first five games he went 10-18 (.556) with three walks, two doubles and two triples. Things slowed down in the final week of June as he went 3-21 (.143) with 10 strikeouts.

He just needed to see the calendar flip over. In the first week of June, Jose Siri went 14-25 (.560) with five extra-base hits and he OPS’d 1.520. The next week he would extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He racked up one hit in each game, but only had a .602 OPS over 22 plate appearances. The hit streak came to an end on the 16th, but the rest of the week went well for Siri, going 6-15 (.400) with a double and a home run. In the final seven games of the month the outfielder went 8-28 (.286) with two doubles, a triple and a home run. The month was an interesting one, Siri hit .363/.372/.604, showing off plenty of power, but he walked just once and had 21 strikeouts.

When August began, so did the Pioneer League All-Star break. When the season resumed on the 4th, Jose Siri carried a hot bat into the first four games. He went 3-8 in the first two tames, before then going 4-4 with three home runs and a walk on the 7th, in what may be the best game of any minor leaguer on the year for the Reds. He followed that up with a 1-5 effort, but that one was another home run. The next four games were a bit of a struggle, going 2-16 (.125). Things picked up the next week as he went 10-29 (.345) with three extra-base hits. The last week of August was another struggle as Siri went 6-31 (.194). In five games during September before the playoffs began he would hit .278/.350/.500 with a double and a home run. In the final five weeks of the season following the All-Star break he hit .279/.316/.541 with four walks and 30 strikeouts.

Strikezone control, strikezone control, strikezone control. That was the biggest thing that kept showing up throughout the season with Jose Siri. He struggled mightily in Dayton where he had a 17-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. After he went to Billings he hit well, posting a .320 average and slugging .560 in the hitter friendly Pioneer League. His time there was quite inconsistent, when he was hot, he was hotter than the sun. But when he was cold, he was as cold as ice. With the Mustangs he had eight walks and 66 strikeouts, which was an improvement over what he had in Dayton, but still a ratio that will need big time improvement.

Level  PA 2B 3B HR SB BB K AVG OBP SLG
DAY 87 3 0 0 3 2 34 .145 .163 .181
BIL 255 12 8 10 17 8 66 .320 .348 .560

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5 Responses

  1. James Kalat

    What is the difference between “above average” and “plus”?

    • Doug Gray

      Here’s a quick guide:

      Now let’s remember, there are a lot more plus and plus plus runners/speed guys than there are anything else. The velo scale needs to be adjusted for both starters and relievers (and lefties, where you take off a MPH). That’s for sitting average, not necessarily touching average (still talking velo).

      Let’s also remember that unless I’m talking about speed or defense, I’m almost always referring to “raw” tools, which means what they could be one day, not what they are today.

    • Doug Gray

      At the same age, Yorman Rodriguez was having success in Advanced-A ball. They aren’t remotely close to each other. Yorman was significantly more advanced at the same age.