If you’ve been following along the Cincinnati Reds farm system at all at some point in the last handful of years you’ve heard about how explosive Jose Siri can be at times. On Friday night the outfielder made his Dominican Winter League debut for the Gigantes del Cibao and got to show off that explosiveness.
In his first trip to the plate he walked. Standing at first base he took off when Richard Urena singled into right field. Siri got to third and as the fielder lollygagged on the throw, he took off to the plate and beat the throw – showing off his plus speed and aggressiveness.
? ¡LLEGÓ SIRI! ?
— LIDOM (@LIDOMRD) November 2, 2019
That play was just a taste of what was going to come on the night for the Reds prospect. After flying out in the bottom of the 4th Jose Siri came back to the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Gigantes were trailing 3-1 with a runner on and two outs. Former Red Alfredo Simon was on the mound for Licey. He left a hanging breaking ball in the middle of the plate on an 0-2 count and Siri did not miss it.
— Gigantes del Cibao ® (@Gigantes_Cibao) November 2, 2019
That home run tied up the game. And that’s where the score would stay for two more innings. With one out and runners on first and second base, Jose Siri came back to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning. He fouled off the first pitch he saw. The second one was lined into left field for a go-ahead RBI double that made it 4-3. The next batter drove in another run with a sac fly to make it a 5-3 game. Cibao would hold on for a 5-4 win.
Two hits – a home run and a double, a walk, three runs batted in, and two runs scored? Not a bad way to make your debut, Jose Siri. Not bad at all.
Premier 12 Tournament
Over the next two-and-a-half weeks the Premiere 12 tournament will be taking place. As you may have guessed by the title, there are 12 teams playing in the tournament. The first rounds will be played in Guadalajara, Mexico, Taichung, Taipei, and Seoul, Korea. The finals will be played in Tokyo.
These are the teams that will be participating:
- United States
- Puerto Rico
- Dominican Republic
Not every team has current Cincinnati Reds prospects on the team, but there are a few out there. And there are a lot more former Reds minor leaguers playing in the tournament, too.
The current players – Hendrik Clementina, Chadwick Tromp, and Calten Daal are playing for the Netherlands in Group A. Strange enough, they are the only three current Reds playing in the tournament, and are all on the same team.
The list of former Reds minor leaguers is quite a bit longer.
- Juan Perez | Mexico (2011-2017)
- Brennan Bernardino | Mexico (2014-2018)
- Humberto Sosa | Mexico (2006-2009)
- David Vidal | Puerto Rico (2010-2014)
- Ivan De Jesus Jr | Puerto Rico (2015-2016)
- Jair Jurrjens | Netherlands (2014)
- JC Sulbaran | Netherlands (2009-2012)
- Ariel Hernandez | Dominican Republic (2016-2018)