Jose Siri is coming to Cincinnati for Redsfest on Friday and Saturday. That makes it incredibly likely that his game on Wednesday night was the last for at least a few days in the Dominican Winter League. I wrote about how he was taking advantage of playing time in November earlier this week, and last night he kept that going in a big way.

Playing in center field and leading off the bottom of the 1st inning, Jose Siri belted a home run to the opposite field. It was his second home run in the last two games. Two innings later he doubled down the left field line. In the 6th inning he would add another double on a line drive to left field. He grounded into a force out in his final at-bat, but stole his 9th base of the winter league season.

Update:

The Gigantes posted a video this morning of the home run hit by Jose Siri last night and it was an absolute shot that left the stadium.

As noted above, on Tuesday he crushed a curveball for his first of the winter league season. The Gigantes posted a video of that home run (but as of this typing they haven’t posted the one from Wednesday night). Here’s the video from Tuesday:

With his production in November, Jose Siri has quickly been putting together a big time performance for Gigantes del Cibao. In 20 games played thus far he’s hitting .292/.333/.563 with five doubles, a triple and two home runs. He’s also stolen nine bases in ten attempts. It’s been a big 2017 year for the now 22-year-old Dominican Republic native. After beating up the Midwest League he’s now doing the same thing in the winter league, helping further establish himself on the prospect landscape in Minor League Baseball..

13 Responses

  1. Simon Cowell

    That swing is so effortless. Beautiful. I know he still has things to prove but I think he is actually being undervalued.

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  2. Krozley

    Minor league signing of LHP Victor Payano. Seems like a little better version of Ismael Guillon. Sounds like if he could ever figure out command, could be pretty solid.

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    • Doug Gray

      I actually wrote an article up about him last night. It’ll be up later today. I think I’d rather have Guillon, but there are things to like about Payano.

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  3. CP

    Tim Adelman signed with Korea’s Samsung Lions. I read that that brings their 40 man roster down to 39. Reopens the possibility of participating in the rule 5 draft.

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    • The Duke

      I like the tinkering DW has done with the 40 man so far this offseason. Making those little changes that help more than most fans think. Also, it’s always amusing to watch the average joe fans throw hissy fits after every one astounded we haven’t traded for Stanton and Archer so far.

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      • reaganspad

        totally agree Duke, we have not seen this in a while.

        the best thing about Wayne Krivsky was that he churned the roster and was constantly coming up with better players:

        Jorge Cantu baby

        not all of them flourished but the roster improved

  4. The Duke

    If he can learn plate discipline the sky is the limit. What advanced pitchers do to him will be interesting to watch. Still a lot of mistake pitches in High A vs AA though, so I expect he’ll start out the year well if he’s in Daytona, which is what I expect.

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      • Doug Gray

        It depends on which part of the Dominican Winter League season you’re talking about. Right now, High-A/Double-A. When the playoffs roll around – Triple-A. But, the level of play, even in the game, varies greatly. In the playoffs you’ll have legit big leaguers on the same team with guys in A-ball.

      • CP

        I was just curious what kind of competition Siri has been having this success against. Small sample size, but could be an indicator of how he will handle the higher levels.

        Appreciate it Doug!

  5. Cinvenfan

    Playing winter ball, even if not all the bigleaguers actually play, do wonders to young players. Siri is quickly rising on my prospects’ list.

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