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.
José Sirí vino a saludar a la transmisión, se integra la próxima semana. pic.twitter.com/KAZYK4sNta
— Junior Matrillé (@JuniorMatrille) October 28, 2019
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.
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.
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.