Jose Siri back in action in the Dominican Winter League Doug Gray December 7, 2018 12 Comments Jose Siri is one of a very few Cincinnati Reds prospects who are playing frequently in the winter league. This week he returned to the lineup for the Gigantes del Cibao. On November 21st he was hit by a pitch and removed later in the game. He didn’t play the next week, though some of that could have been due to his coming to Cincinnati for Redsfest. Wednesday night he returned to the lineup after two weeks off and made his presence felt quickly. He went 2-4 with a double and he drove in two runs on the double. ¡Doblete de José Sirí! ? ?@Gigantes_Cibao Cortesía de @AFPSiembra pic.twitter.com/VG8tW4maNa — LIDOM (@LIDOMRD) December 6, 2018 Last night he had another hit, going 1-4. He scored a run and he stole two bases in the game as well. On the season in the Dominica Winter League he’s now hitting .269/.333/.426 on the year with 12 steals. Siri got out to a slow start, though, and he’s been on a roll lately. Over his last 10 games he’s hitting .324 and slugging .618 while stealing seven bases in as many attempts. Brian O’Grady began his offseason by playing in the Dominican Winter League for a few weeks. He then moved to the Mexican Winter League where he is currently playing for the Aguilas de Mexicali. He’s only been there for a week, but he’s already performing – hitting .286/.375/.476 thus far with three extra-base hits. On Wednesday night he tripled in three runs – with a little assist from the center fielder who misread a line drive that went over his head. ??SE DESEMPATA EL JUEGO ?? Triple de Brian O’Grady para poner a los @AguilasDeMxli en ventaja ??#InviernoCaliente pic.twitter.com/0sKVm91QCy — LMP (@LMPbeisbol) December 6, 2018 Here’s an update on how everyone in the Cincinnati Reds organization is performing this winter around the world in the various winter leagues. Position Players Pitchers 12 Responses The Duke December 7, 2018 Assuming he’s healthy in the spring, you think Siri starts the year in AAA? Seems like they wanted to get him fast tracked last year before he ran into that wall and missed time. AllTheHype December 7, 2018 Why not? He failed in A+ and AA, so AAA should be a piece of cake. MK December 7, 2018 Do we know what is happening with Jake Turnbull? I have been checking the Australian League and he is no where to be found. Maybe I missed it, has he been released or is he injured? Only Reds organization guy in the Ausy League is Arizona League Coach Donald Lutz who is hitting .250. Big Ed December 7, 2018 That was an incredibly short swing by Siri. That swing, and his improved plate discipline, will play. Reaganspad December 7, 2018 Agreed Ed, Nice compact swing Mostly though, I want him with the big club for that dance at 2nd base after his double. Haven’t seen much emotion from our starters (I know we have a fiery LH reliever in Garrett) since Super Todd used to drive the bus at 2nd base. I like fire… I do not want this kid, Trammel or Nick traded MK December 7, 2018 Jose sometimes gets himself in trouble with that “fire”. He ends up getting himself or a teammate drilled in retaliation for showing up other team. AllTheHype December 7, 2018 That swing will surely play…..in AA for 2 more years til he gets cut by Reds and can’t find another club to give him a chance. Realistically he needs to go back to Daytona. Where is Yorman these days? At least Yorman could get on base somewhat with his 12 tools. Big Ed December 8, 2018 Yeah, they are both Dominican, so let’s assume they are exactly the same. AllTheHype December 8, 2018 FACT: Siri is a year older than Yorman was at the same level (AA), and underperforming (by far) what Yorman did offensively as said level. Where is Yorman today? Where is SIri going to be tomorrow? Pretty obvious SIri is nothing more than a fringe prospect at 23 years of age and still unable to demonstrate any sort of hit tool at A+ and AA. Big Ed December 8, 2018 You can make a good case that the Reds rushed Yorman, putting him at Dayton at 18, then promoting him at age 20 to AA after a half year in the hitter-friendly California League. He was OK at AA, but they just moved him up too quickly. At 21, YRod slugged .389 in AA, with an OPS of .270. At 22, Siri slugged .474 and had an OPS of .775. Siri’s .474 SA would have been good enough for 3rd in the Southern League, if he had a few more ABs. 22 years old is on schedule, or ahead of schedule, for AA. And Yorman never had Siri’s swing. Or 46 stolen bases in a season. Or his glove. Hey, if you don’t like him, you don’t like him. Big Ed December 8, 2018 Yorman’s OPS at AA was .720, not .270. LineasGrande December 10, 2018 I concur with those posters who say Siri is not a legit prospect and has serious attitude problems. Baseball’s roadside is filled with toolsy, physical types, who couldn’t play baseball, but looked good in BP. Add Jose Garcia and Alfredo Rodriguez as definite non-prospects. Why anyone includes the latter two on prospect lists is mind boggling. All they’re doing is *blocking other more legit prospects and negatively impacting organizational chemistry with their antics. Siri acts as if he’s got 15 years in the Show. Package them in trades to some sucker team that believes the BS about them and move on.