Photo: Doug GrayReds prospect Jose Siri hits a long home run in the winter league Doug Gray December 15, 2019 10 Comments Cincinnati Reds prospect Jose Siri had a big night last night in the Dominican Winter League. Siri, the Reds #8 prospect, had been in a big slump. He had one hit in the last nine games, going just 1-25 in that span with one walk. The center fielder had two days off before taking the field again last night for the Gigantes del Cibao. In the first trip to the plate, leading off the game, Jose Siri flew out to center. Two innings later he came up to the plate with a runner on first base and he didn’t come up short on a 1-1 pitch, clobbering it about 15 rows deep into left field. ? Jose Siri ? The #Reds’ No. 15 prospect puts @Gigantes_Cibao ahead with his fifth homer of the winter ? pic.twitter.com/8mvEXHvW7p — Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) December 15, 2019 That home run helped break him out of the slump. The next inning, Siri would single on a line drive to center, and later score in the inning on a ground out. He’d walk in his next two plate appearances. Two hits, including a long home run, and two walks is a good place to start busting out of a long slump. Aristides Aquino has a big game, too Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino has only played in eight games this winter for the Tigres Del Licey in the Dominican Winter League. There was a contract dispute that led to his delayed arrival. He got out to a slow start, going 1-15, but he’s picked things up in the last four games. Last night he went 2-5 with a double, scored two runs, drove in another run, and he stole his first base of the winter. Misael Lopez continues to pitch well in Mexico 18-year-old left-handed pitcher Misael Lopez continues to get things done down in Mexico. He made his last start on Thursday night, and was charged with two earned runs over 5.0 innings. That was his worst appearance of the winter – which tells you just how good he’s been. It was his fourth start and his eighth overall appearance for the Caneros de los Mochis. He now has a 0.78 ERA through 23.0 innings where he’s allowed just 13 hits, no home runs, just four walks, and he’s struck out 26 batters. Here’s your reminder that he’s 18-years-old and that the average age of the player in the league is 28.8. Winter League Updates Here’s how all of the players in the Cincinnati Reds organization are performing in the various winter leagues around the world. The Hitters The Pitchers Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 10 Responses Dollar Bill December 15, 2019 Yippee on the “long homerun” This is going to be your one warning on talking about players in the way that your original post did. Don’t do it again or you will lose your commenting privileges. Doc December 15, 2019 What’s going on with India? Is he starting to look like a big draft miss? Worrisome when your top position player pick spends a lot of time below the Mendoza line. Oldtimer December 15, 2019 I don’t know (obviously) but I suspect he just was in a bad slump in FL (already done). He did hit 3 HR and had 10 RBI. Oldtimer December 15, 2019 Correction. AFL not FL. Doug Gray December 15, 2019 I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t have a concern – that you can definitely read in his writeup tomorrow, but this season his offense was 25% better than the league average in the Florida State League and 38% better than the league average in the Southern League. You want to see more power, and ideally you’d like to see more average than the .256 he hit in Daytona, too – but he’s been quite productive – just not in a normalish kind of way. Doc December 15, 2019 He’s hitting .133 in 60 ABs of winter ball. Saw this movie before with his starts to seasons. That kind of hitting pattern sunk the Reds in 2019. Oldtimer December 16, 2019 The AFL completed its season in October. It is not winter baseball. Jim December 15, 2019 I have given up on Siri. I hope he would show some strike zone improvement, but I see another Yorman Rodriguez. I’ll worry about India after this season if there is a need. MK December 16, 2019 Other than Alf-Rod the baby-Reds certainly not putting up any batting averages in the Dominican. I try to check their box scores everyday and I wonder if Alf-Rod and Crook have come home as neither have played for a week or so. Hope they are not injured. Doug Gray December 16, 2019 Not injured as far as I know – just no longer playing.