The Major League Baseball playoffs are still underway. But, fall and winter league baseball is also underway around the world. Down in the Dominican Republic on Monday night, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jose Siri took the field for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. The 23-year-old center fielder hit ninth for the Gigantes, but worked as “the second leadoff hitter”, if you want to buy into that idea. Known for many things, speed is one of them. Siri went 1-2, walked twice, stole home, and scored two runs.

In the same game, also a member of the Gigantes, Domingo Tapia took the mound and got out the only hitter he saw. He entered the game with a runner on and two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning after Cibaenas had already scored three runs to bring the game within two runs. In the other game that took place in the Dominican on Monday night, Rafael De Paula threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts for Escogido. Staying on the reliever train, Alejandro Chacin tossed 1.2 shutout innings of relief in Venezuela for Caracas.

Back in the United States the Reds had a strong performance out in the Arizona Fall League out of Taylor Trammell. Starting in left field and hitting third, the recently turned 21-year-old went 2-4 with two steals – both of second base. Shed Long didn’t start the game but came on as a pinch hitter and walked in his only plate appearance. Austin Orewiler, the last Reds prospect to make an Arizona Fall League appearance, started on the mound. He allowed a run in 2.0 innings on three hits, two walks and he racked up two strikeouts.

MLB Pipeline is handing out some of their 2018 awards. Last week I missed that they handed out the Reds organizational Prospects of the Year. On the mound they went with Tony Santillan. To me, that was an easy choice and he got the nod as my overall Player of the Year. For the position players they went with outfielder Taylor Trammell.


8 Responses

  1. Jami Sanderson

    Doug, is there a way to watch the Dominican or Venezuelan games? Pretty much guessin no on VZ, but I’d really like to see the DR games. Thanks!

    • Doug Gray

      I know that in the past there were some that were shown, but I have not been able to find any of them to this point in the year.

  2. Stock

    I am hoping Siri performs well this winter and they move him up to Louisville next spring. This would also enable Trammell to play CF

    • Doug Gray

      With a new farm director it will be interesting to see how they handle things. Last winter Siri had a good offseason in the Dominican Winter League, and the plan was to take that and allow him to skip over Advanced-A entirely and jump to Double-A. But the thumb injury kind of put that one on hold – though he did move up to Double-A once he got going in Daytona. The one issue I had there was that while the avg/slg/steals were nice last winter for Siri, he had 3 walks and 25 strikeouts – a sign that the more advanced pitching could handle him – but he could also handle mistakes.

      With what he did in Double-A this last year, I would be very hesitant to promote him to Triple-A right now. The walk rate was easily the best he’s ever had. But the strikeout rate was also 32.2%. That’s a red flag that you aren’t ready for that next step just yet. That isn’t to say that the offseason/winter ball/spring training can’t help fix that issue, but I’d also be cautious with it and have him go out and show it in Double-A before deciding, too. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did jump up to Triple-A in order to push him, and also allow both he and Trammell to play center on a nearly every day basis.

  3. Michael B. Green

    Alex Powers has had an excellent start in the AZFL. Wonder if CIN adds him to the 40MR or exposes him to the Rule 5 draft? I assume that he can become a minor league free agent? Thoughts?

    • Doug Gray

      I think he’ll probably be exposed. I also believe he’s a free agent, unless he’s been re-signed. He’s already reached free agency in his career, and this is his 2nd year in the organization. So he *should* be a free agent after the year unless he signed a new deal, or is added to the 40-man. But, maybe with a real strong AFL things could change.

      • John N

        Why would they let their best minor league reliever this past year walk? The Reds have shown a past tendency to stick with guys who are stuck in neutral for too long, and create log jams which lead to the wrong players leaving. I am excited to see if the new farm director tries a fresher approach going forward.