In 2017, after a breakout season with the Dayton Dragons, Jose Siri headed back home to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball. Early in the season with Cibao he was used mostly as a pinch runner, and was rather successful in the role. But he eventually moved into the starting role in center field. He picked up where he left off in Dayton – hitting. In his 29 games for the Gigantes in 2017 he hit .321 and slugged .500. That performance led the Reds to consider skipping him over Advanced-A and straight up to Double-A in 2018, but his thumb injury in spring training put those plans on hold.

The Dominican Winter League got started less than a week ago. But, Jose Siri is picking up for the Gigantes where he left off in 2017. The center fielder went 3-4 on Thursday night. Siri singled to left field, center field, and also had an infield single to shortstop. He also scored 3 runs in the win for Cibao. He’s now played in four games and is hitting .385 with 2 walks and a stolen base.

It will be interesting to see what the Cincinnati Reds decide to do with Jose Siri if he has another strong showing in the Dominican Winter League. He spent most of his season in Double-A in 2018, but struggled to find consistency. Strikeouts were a big problem, but he also showed a vastly improved walk rate during the year. And he’s as explosive as any player in the organization, both at the plate and in the field. Perhaps just as important, he plays a position that the Reds may need to fill rather quickly.

Kevin Canelon rebounds for La Guaira

Reds relief prospect Kevin Canelon had a rough night on Wednesday in the Venezuelan Winter League. He allowed two runs while recording just one out. The lefty got back on the mound Thursday and fired a perfect inning with a strikeout against the same team that roughed him up the night before.


17 Responses

  1. Red Thunder

    I think he starts in AA even with a great winter ball showing. Just didn’t have the numbers there last year, but hey maybe with a super spring and those tools. Hope he puts it all together because he would be very exciting to watch.

  2. Stock

    I am hoping he starts in CF in Louisville and Trammell starts in CF in AA and Fairchild in A+.

  3. SteveO

    Senzel starts in CF for Louisville until he clears Super 2 status with Siri and Trammell in Chattanooga. Siri promoted when Senzel joins the Reds. Reds then go with a lineup of Winker, Peraza, JV, Suarez, Gennett, Senzel, Schebler, Barnhart, P. Another possibility would be Winker, Senzel, JV, Suarez, Gennett, Schebler, Peraza, Barnhart, P.

    • Bill

      I think the optimal lineup for the Reds would be:

      Votto, 1B
      Winker, LF
      Suarez, 3B
      Gennett, 2B
      Senzel, CF
      Schebler, RF
      Peraza, SS
      Barnhart/Casali, C

    • RedsinWashst

      You guys who want to 2 very slow runners in the top of order (guys who can only go 1 base at a time need to rethink it). I would lead with Senzel, Votto, Suarez, Gennett……
      I know Suarez is thought to be slow but seems to get better jumps then Winker and Votto. Also Schebler seemed to hit better at leadoff then anywhere else and he is a better runner.

      • Doug Gray

        Getting on base more is far more important than the speed involved here. Bunch your best hitters together.

      • Bill

        Also, the top of the order is only guaranteed to lead off in the first inning. The lineup I suggested keeps the faster players together to allow them an opportunity to take advantage of their speed. Getting Votto and Winker on base repeatedly will put far more pressure on opponents over a 162 game season than fast guys at the top of the order.

    • Stock

      Senzel will be a super sub for the Reds I think with most of his starts in CF. i would not have promotions 2 weeks into the season for this. Let Senzel play 2 games in CF, 2 at SS, 2 at 3B, 2 at 2B,… until his promotion. It will not be a problem playing Siri 2 games in RF.

  4. Cguy

    What the Reds shouldn’t do is rush Siri or Trammel. Both need at least another full season in the minors. Senzel should be able to man cf for the Reds by June for the 2019 season. In 2020 Senzel returns to the infield, with Friedl & Siri vying for time in cf. Trammel joins the team in the 2nd half of 2020 probably.

  5. cinvenfan

    One of the things that went very wrong for the Reds in 2018 -and somehow unnoticed- was Siri’s ST thumb injury just after a great 2017 season between A+ and the DWL. He was on fire and the injury definitely slowed him down. I was really hoping he was going to get a september call and take Hamilton’s place in 2019.

    Hopefully being fully healthy and playing this winter will get him back on track. He’s the closest to provide the kind of defense in CF and speed that Billy provided on the cheap with probably similar or better offense.

    • BurgRed

      Nothing similar at all. Siri better OBP and SPS. This along with the speed and glove makes for an exciting player. If he were in the Braves organization he would be playing in 2019.

  6. Bill

    With a strong performance in both winter ball and spring training, I could see Siri starting at Louisville. Otherwise, I expect him to begin 2019 in Chatanooga. Wiith Friedl and Trammel also in the upper minors, there will be opportunities to play all of the outfield spots even if all three continue to develop as CF. Versatility will be key if they break into the majors as fourth outfielders before eventually carving out a more permanent role. Imagine how good the outfield defense could be if two earn their way to becoming major league regulars.

  7. MK

    At age 23 I could see Jose starting at AA and could see him being promoted to the Reds directly from there. To look at it in an historical perspective Reggie Sanders who had a similar skill set was promoted to Reds at age 23 from AA.

    • Cguy

      Yes but only 9 games & 40 PA. Looks like a September callup to me. And yes I hope Siri is a Sept. callup in 2019 also.