Jose Siri reaches the 20/40 club for Dayton Doug Gray August 20, 2017 3 Comments Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Jose Siri just continues to pile up impressive accomplishments in 2017. He broke the Midwest League record when he had a 39-game hitting streak earlier this year. On Sunday afternoon in the 1st inning, Siri took another step towards a big milestone. After a leadoff home run by Randy “The Macho Man” Ventura, Jose Siri followed up with a solo home run of his own. That gave the Dayton Dragons center fielder 20 home runs on the season. It was the first time since 2011 that a Dragon has reached 20 home runs (Donald Lutz and David Vidal both hit 20 that season). The mark also left Siri one stolen base shy of being a 20 home run, 40 stolen base player. In the 3rd inning of the game Jose Siri would walk. Later in the inning he would steal third base to give him 40 steals on the year. That put him into an exclusive club in the Midwest League. He is the first player to hit 20 home runs and steal 40 bases in the league since 1982. In that season Tom Romano had 26 home runs and 66 steals, while Chuckie Canady had 20 home runs and 51 steals. If you were thinking that a plus defensive center fielder who went 20/40 would be in the MVP conversation for the league, you would probably be correct. But, that award has already been given out – yes, while the season is still happening. Lansing’s Bo Bichette, who played in 70 games, was given the award earlier this week. The 19-year-old hit .384/.448/.623 in the first half with the Lugnuts before being promoted to Advanced-A in the second half. 3 Responses DaveCT August 20, 2017 Nice achievement for Siri. Don’t see why another 10 stolen bases isn’t within distance. Good to see Evan Mitchell return and throw well. Not sure he gets an audition given his health this season but you never know what could happen if he’s healthy. Crawford — 81 pitches, 38 strikes. This has got to be miserable for the young man. Mjc August 20, 2017 Giving out the MVP award that early just doesn’t make sense. MK August 20, 2017 It was voted on by Managers, at least half of which in the Western Division never saw Bichette play, as the teams play half the teams in the other Division each half. Bichette was gone at mid season. So it is not a very good system. Siri is one of those guys who was described like Rickey Henderson, if he is on your team you love him if he is on the other team you hate him. This doesn’t get you a lot of votes from the competition.