Jose Siri, Sebastian Elizalde both homer in playoffs Doug Gray January 3, 2018 4 Comments It’s been a heck of a year for Cincinnati Reds prospect Jose Siri. He started out hot in spring training. He then went out and set a new Midwest League record with a 39-game hitting streak for the Dayton Dragons. The outfielder joined the 20-homer and 40-stolen base club during the year. Jose Siri joined the Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League following the season. After a slow start where he was used mostly as a pinch runner, he put together a strong showing in 29 games played. Siri would hit .321 and slug .500 in the regular season. In December the Reds awarded him with the Hitter of the Year Award in the organization. Last night saw the Gigantes and Jose Siri play the fourth game of the Dominican Winter League playoffs. With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the 22-year-old came to the plate with one out. After fouling off the first two pitches, Siri crushed the third one he saw over the wall in left field for a solo homer to put his team in the lead. It was his second home run in four playoff games. The Gigantes would hold on to the lead, winning 4-2. In the Mexican Winter League Sebastian Elizalde got things start out right for Culiacan. In the first inning, with a runner on, he took a 3-1 pitch and deposited it over the right field wall. That gave the home team a 2-0 lead. The outfielder would single later in the game, finishing 2-4 on the night. Unfortunately, Culiacan would not hold onto their lead, falling 4-2. Jake Turnbull getting some outfield time in Australia Jake Turnbull hasn’t been getting a ton of playing time in Australia. But what has been interesting is where he’s been playing when he has played. Some of his time has come as a designated hitter. But he’s also seen time at first base, catcher and most surprisingly, right field. He has never played in the outfield with the Reds. It could be an interesting thing to add to his resume. He’s played a little bit of time behind the plate in the past, though it appears that time is behind him now. He’s seen a very limited time at third base. 4 Responses Billy January 3, 2018 What’s the competition like in Australia? I would have assumed that even a low level minor leaguer would be among the best players on a team there. Is that not the case? Stock January 3, 2018 His HR was vs. Jhan Marinez who has a 3.45 ERA in 120 ML innings the last two years. Doug called it months ago but in the playoffs many of the pitchers Siri will face have experience in the majors. He had one game where he really struggled (0-7 with 4K’s) but other than that he has held his own (0 K’s last night). I wouldn’t mind seeing the BB% go up but more important in my eyes is that it would be nice to get his K% in the 15% – 20% range. The Duke January 3, 2018 I’ve never put too much stock in winter league stats. This isn’t the first year Elizalde has had a nice winter. Nice to hear though, always better to do good than bad, no matter the circumstances. Just waiting for spring training at this point, and that novelty will last about 2-3 days and then we’ll be waiting for the regular season to start. Michael B. Green January 3, 2018 If (and it is a big if) Siri develops an eye and some plate discipline, we could come quickly to fill CIN’s CF post. If Hamilton is traded, I could see a platoon between Schebler and Ervin with Mason Williams serving as insurance if either falter. Darnell Sweeney is also another potential Plan B at AAA. Unless Ervin establishes himself, the future CF is likely one of Siri, Trammell or Friedl. Most see Trammell as a LF but if Winker blocks that spot, I would imagine that Trammell could slide over to CF. Friedl could easily play CF but most people are projecting him as a 4th OF. Something tells me that he is one quick start to a season from changing people’s minds on that. That leaves Siri. A true CF. CIN will need to push him to AA pretty quickly as he is too old for A+. I think the next CF for a contending CIN team establishes himself this year. Otherwise, I could see them testing the trade or free agent markets. Cesar Geronimo was brought in via trade. Eric Davis moved over to LF in part to accommodate Billy Hatcher (although the two shared both LF and CF) and some guy named Griffey, Jr., was brought in via trade (as was Mike Cameron before Griff). There are some home-grown candidates but history may repeat itself in acquiring a CF via trade.