Michael Siani may have had the biggest game of his professional career on Sunday. The Dayton Dragons outfielder and Cincinnati Reds #8 overall prospect singled, doubled, and homered in the game against Lansing. He also stole his 39th base of the season as he continues to pace the organization in steals.

It’s been an interesting year for Michael Siani, who has the same number of doubles as triples as home runs now, with six each. The big game on Sunday comes at a good time and could be a sign that he’s ready to bust out of a slump that he’s been in during August, particularly the last week. He was just 1 for his last 24 entering the game.

Of course, even if Michael Siani is slumping at the plate he’s helping the team out. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: He makes highlight reel plays several times a week. Earlier this month I gave him the nod as the best defensive outfielder in the system. This weekend was no different, either. On Saturday he made this play in Lansing to save two runs.

Tyler Stephenson’s hot August continues

Sunday wasn’t just for Michael Siani to show off the bat. Tyler Stephenson did so, too. With the Chattanooga Lookouts on the road in Mobile, Stephenson doubled and homered in the Lookouts blowout win on Sunday. The Reds 1st round draft pick from 2015 has been on fire over the last 2-and-a-half weeks. Dating back to July 30th the catcher has hit .395/.500/.651 for Chattanooga.

For Tyler Stephenson that strong run has boosted his season line to .282/.375/.411. He’s doubled 16 times, tripled once, and he now has 6 home runs to go with 35 walks and 57 strikeouts in 81 games played. His .786 OPS is 106 points higher than the Southern League average. That’s not too bad for a catcher who just celebrated his 23rd birthday on Friday.

9 Responses

  1. Justin

    Not that we need to rush him, but I’d love to see what Stephenson’s hot streak would look like in AAA with the MLB balls. If he finishes out the year this way, do you think he jumps India and Greene in the rankings?

    • Doug Gray

      Greene, no. India, we’ll have to see how things go when I take another deep dive into looking at everyone.

  2. Jer-B

    If season finishes the season strong, he should be a lock for top 100 lists IMO. I think his power will play up in Louisville next year. It would be nice to see him reach his ceiling as a all star caliber MLB catcher.

    • Randy in Chatt

      There’s also a guy named Justin Turner way down the list. He’s been pretty OK with the Dog-hairs.

    • Michael Smith

      Lord oldtimer that 2007 post season list. 5 all stars (votto,bruce,cueto,frazier and mesoroco) along with Bailey and Stubbs who were good contributors on the 2010-13 teams.

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  3. MK

    Are they limiting the September call-ups this year or does that start next?