Last winter Jose Siri played nearly every day for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. The then 23-year-old outfielder hit .275/.329/.427 in 37 games and also stole 13 bases while playing center field. It was his second straight season playing a key role for the team in the winter.

Up to this point he’s been absent in the league. But after taking some time off following the regular season, Jose Siri is getting ready to join the Gigantes. The 24-year-old is in the Dominican Republic and with the team, though he’s not yet activated. Junior Matrille, the Public Relations Director of the team shared this on twitter on Sunday night and noted that Siri would be joining the team next week.

When he is activated he’ll join Reds prospects Narciso Crook, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Blake Trahan as players who will (or at least up to this point have) been seeing regular playing time in the league. Outfielder Andy Sugilio has played in four games for Siri’s team, but only had seven at-bats.

How are the Reds performing in the Winter Leagues?

Yesterday I did a review of the Arizona Fall League since their season is now complete. If you missed that and want to check it out, the link is right here. Outfielder Stuart Fairchild and catcher Tyler Stephenson were the two position players that stood out as far as their numbers go.

But the Arizona Fall League isn’t the only league going on when minor league baseball stops. Both the professional league in Mexico and the Dominican Republic are currently taking place. And soon enough the one in Puerto Rico and Australia will begin, too.

The Hitters

It’s been a bit of a tough start in the Dominican Winter League for the Reds prospects. Alfredo Rodriguez is getting on base and putting the ball in play, but his OPS is currently sitting at .592 through 27 at-bats. And that is the best among the group at this point in time.

The Pitchers

Unlike the hitters, there are some pitchers finding success early on this winter. Alex Powers, who may not be with the Reds much longer as can elect for free agency next week, hasn’t allowed a run in Mexico through his first four outings. Misael Lopez, an 18-year-old who signed with the Reds back in May but didn’t pitch for them this season, has made just one appearance but tossed a perfect inning and a third. And Carlos Machorro has been solid in his six outings in Mexico as well. Vladimir Gutierrez hit a bump in the road in his third start, but had been solid in his first two outings in the Dominican Republic.

18 Responses

  1. MK

    Is it time to DFA Mella who is still long on potential and short on performance ?

  2. James K

    I thought Mariel Bautista was planning to play winter ball.

  3. kyblu50

    Pittsburgh possesses club options on his contract for $11.5 million in ’20 and $12.5 million in ’21.

    First get permission from Pittsburgh to talk new contract with extensions with Marte before a trade. Upgrade the two years already there (add maybe 4 mill each year) plus put in incentives for bigger pay day.

    Trade Maybe Jonathan India, Jose Siri , Tyler Mahle and Jackson Stephens

    How would you set up the trade ?

  4. kyblu50

    Can Tommy Pham do the job for Cincinnati in centerfield regularly?

    Tampa Bay needs to get rid of his contract for extra money. So would money and a low prospect or equal trade for medium high prospect.

    • Oldtimer

      The Reds got Brandon Phillips for Jeff Stevens (who dat) in 2006. The Reds got George Foster for Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert in 1971. The Reds got Alex Johnson for Dick Simpson in 1967.

      Sometimes all it takes is a little to get a lot. More often it takes a lot to get a lot back.

      • Charles Lackey

        How about Reds take a long aggressive look at CLINT FRAZIER. He will get on a team that will certainly give him a long look. He’s worth the a long look.

    • Charles Lackey

      I’ll be honest I don’t know much about Pham. As a Reds fan I just want the Reds Front Office to open up the wallet and make some great shrew trades.

  5. Charles Lackey

    Reds should bundle a trade that includes Barnhart, some prospects to land a real good CF or starting pitcher. Bring up Tyler Stephenson and let him get a long fair chance. Senzel to 2nd., take a long look at Clint Frazier and bring him to the Reds. But do get a top CF.
    At least one real good starting pitcher, SS is a question I’d pick Iglesias to stay or Glavis as he has more pop in his bat. Iglesias is the superior on defense. I am Leary about trying to get Gregorious or Grandal as they both demand a lot of money. Very hard decisions but hopefully the Reds will open up their wallet, make great trades and hope for a lot on 2020.

    • Oldtimer

      In 1960/61 the Reds traded an All-Star SS (Roy McMillan) for young P Joey jay and Juan Pizzaro. They kept Jay and traded Pizzaro, too. Jay made NL All-Star team in 1961.

      The Reds traded disappointing P Cal McLish (who was AL All-Star in 1959 and was acquired for All-Star 2B Johnny Temple in 1959) and Pizzaro for 3B Gene Freeze. Freeze had his career best season in 1961.

      Then Reds traded All-Star C Ed Bailey for veteran 2B Don Blasingame. The Blazer won no awards or honors but was a steady presence in middle INF in 1961.

      Reds traded three former All-Stars (four if you count McLish) for three players (Jay, Freese, and Blasingame) who were big factors in first NL pennant by Reds in 21 years.

      Which Reds All-Stars would you trade? We don’t have many left.

  6. DaveCT

    I bring Stephenson up when he is ready and not a day sooner unless it’s an emergency. Whenever that is, who knows. But, he’ll need to be ready to catch pitchers of Gray, Castillo, Bauer, and Disco’s caliber. Not to mention some of the arms in the pen. If he can show that he can get in synch with the big boys, more power to him.