Update on Cincinnati Reds Jose Garcia Doug Gray July 16, 2017 6 Comments The Cincinnati Reds signed shortstop Jose Garcia in the middle of June for a $5M signing bonus. That also meant that the team had to pay Major League Baseball a tax for going over their limit of another $5M. The 19-year-old had some mixed reports depending on who you talked to, but two different people that I spoke with were very high on him. The Reds stated that they would have had him as a middle-of-the-1st-round talent had he been eligible for the 2017 draft instead of being an international free agent. A source I spoke with also had a similar take. He was officially assigned to the Dominican Summer League by the organization on June 10th. However, he has yet to appear in a game six weeks later. Jose Carcia is healthy, but he’s not in the Dominican Republic yet. There are some procedural things that are still being taken care of before he will head to the Dominican to join one of the Reds two DSL teams. For now, he’s working out and participating in baseball activities – preparing for all of the things to be taken care of so he can be ready to get onto the field once everything is ready to go. Senzel & Siri extend their hitting streaks Jose Siri took a 21-game hitting streak into Saturday night. He would fly out to center field and strike out in his first two plate appearances. In the 5th inning he would extend his hitting streak to 22 games with a ground-rule double. He would single in the 7th inning and then to lead off the 9th inning he hit a home run to center field. Since May began it’s hard to believe that anyone has been better in the Reds farm system than Jose Siri. In the 269 plate appearances since April ended, the center fielder has hit .316/.356/.574 with 12 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs. He’s also stolen 15 bases. Nick Senzel entered Saturday night riding a 14-game hitting streak with Pensacola. Like Siri, he began his night by flying out to center field. A ground out in the 4th inning made him 0-2 on the night. After a power outage put things on hold for a brief period of time in Pensacola, Senzel was the first batter back and doubled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He would later walk in his final plate appearance of the night. Since joining the Blue Wahoos in June he’s hitting .320/.393/.452 in 21 games played. 6 Responses Chris July 16, 2017 Doug, Any Update on Calten Daal? I haven’t heard anything about him in months. I know he was battling the injury bug a bit last season any news on how bad it was or is there another issue with him we’re not hearing about. He looked promising. Doug Gray July 16, 2017 He had a set back with his shoulder. Not really sure if he’s going to be back this year or not. I-71_Exile July 16, 2017 So, a little AA seasoning for Jose Siri next year and we can start discussing Billy Hamilton’s replacement in CF if the Reds decide to be aggressive? :) That’s assuming he makes the jump successfully of course. Great news about Senzel as well. Thanks, Doug. Alex Reds July 16, 2017 I don’t think you can be too aggressive with Siri’s promotions. Just like Aquino, Siri also has a low OBP and poor BB-K ratios. Last year, Siri started at A ball and hit .145/163.181 in 83 at bats before he was demoted to Billings where hit hit similar to how he is hitting this year. At A this year, he’s certainly performing, but most of his OPS is coming from his power. Obviously power and stolen bases help to fill out the profile, but he’s at a 21:83 BB:K ratio with a .338 OBP this year. For comparison, Aquino at A+, one level higher than Siri, in 2016 last year had a .327 OBP with a 34:104 BB:K ratio. This year in AA, he has a .274 OBP and 24:97 BB:K ratio. Arnold Ziffle July 17, 2017 Could Nick Senzel skip AAA altogether? The Reds did it with a starting pitcher, Luis Castillo, and a relief pitcher, Ariel Hernandez? It isn’t unheard of. Doug Gray July 17, 2017 Why? There isn’t some glaring need anywhere on the field right now.