Jose Siri broke the Midwest League record on Monday night for the longest hitting streak in the history of the league. An 8th inning single on an 0-2 count extended his now-record streak to 36 games.

The game had not been going well for the just turned 22-year-old outfielder. He struck out in his first at-bat. He would just miss breaking the record in his second at-bat, hitting a ball just foul that would have been a home run. A pitch later he would strike out for a second time. The third time he came to the plate he would also strike out. Siri, and the Dragons as a whole, were dominated on the evening by Padres stud Cuban prospect Michel Baez, who struck out 14 batters in 6.2 innings without a walk.

As the game entered the 8th inning, with a new pitcher on the mound for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Jose Siri was the on-deck batter, guaranteed just one more trip to the plate on the night. He fell behind 0-2 on back-to-back breaking balls. Reliever Diomar Lopez tried to get a 95 MPH fastball by the Cincinnati Reds prospect but he fouled it off. The next pitch came to the plate and Jose Siri grounded it through the infield to set the new Midwest League record.

The game is still going on, and may even be heading into extra-innings, but as I type this, Jose Siri is 56 for 161 during his 36-game hitting streak. That’s a .348 average and it’s come along with 10 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs. He’s slugged .689 over that span, dating back to June 22nd. The Dragons play again on Tuesday, this time an afternoon game that begins at 12:05pm. Siri will look to extend his record hitting streak for the first time. The team will return to Dayton on Wednesday night to take on Great Lakes.

11 Responses

  1. kevin z

    congrats Siri tough to do at any level
    now time to cut the SO add more walks then be a beast

  2. Tommy Helms

    Now lets promote him. He’s 22 years old.

    • Doug Gray

      I’d rather see him stick around and get the whole “lets play for something” experience. Dayton made the playoffs. They’ll be playing in the playoffs. Daytona isn’t going to the playoffs. Let Jose thrive in Dayton. Let him continue to build his confidence. Let him continue to work on his weaknesses at a level that he knows he can still perform well at. Four weeks in Daytona isn’t going to do much – he’d still be there all of the 1st half next year even if he’s crushing it there next year.

  3. MK

    Over the weekend Jose did not appear at all tight. He was smiling like normal and seemed his loose self on defense. He has handled the whole thing well.

    Congratulations to him breaking an all time record for a league around since 1947.

    The record had been set by Waterloo’s Tony Toups in 1977, who Tom Nichols ran down and interviewed before the game. Toup’s also made a congratulations call after the game.

  4. Chris

    Does anyone know what the Reds minor league hitting streak record is (at any level)?

    • Doug Gray

      I do not. Siri’s got the longest one since I started paying attention. Chris Valaika’s the only one within shouting distance and his was 32 games with Billings.

      • MK

        Chris their list looks incomplete as it does not have the 35 of Tony Toups, the record Siri broke.

      • Chris

        Could be…Sorry. I didn’t do an extensive search…just did a real quick search and usually baseball reference is fairly accurate. Sorry for any misinformation.

  5. MK

    Talked to Dragons’radio voice Tom Nichols at dinner Saturday night and asked him what he thought Siri’s chances are to be League Player of the Year. He thought he had a chance but thought Bo Bichette of Lansing had the inside track. Bichette hit .380+ in first half before he was promoted. Might this harken back to 1941 when Ted Williams hit .406 and DiMaggio had the 56 game streak? DiMaggio was the A.L MVP that year.

  6. David

    It did not take long for Siri to extend his streak to 37 games. He doubled in his first at-bat.