It was a nice debut week for Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Jose Siri in the Dominican Winter League. The Gigantes del Cibao center fielder played in four games and hit .294/.368/.824 with a double, triple, two home runs, two walks, four runs scored, and he drove in nine runs. Driving in nine runs in four games will usually get you some recognition, and it certainly did for Siri, who wasted no time in alerting the league that he was back on the field.
For his efforts, he was named as the Player of the Week in Dominican Winter League.
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While the start for Jose Siri has been outstanding, he’s not the only Reds prospect playing winter ball right now. Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez has been getting regular playing time with Estrellas Orientales (The Eastern Stars). Through 14 games the 25-year-old infielder has hit .292/.346/.292. He’s gone 14-48 with four walks and a steal, but he hasn’t had an extra-base hit yet.
There are a few pitchers having some success, too. Vladimir Gutierrez made his four start of the year for Licey over the weekend, allowing one earned in 5.0 innings. That lowered his ERA to 3.78 through his four games and 16.2 innings. Keury Mella, who was just outrighted to Triple-A, threw a perfect inning over the weekend – giving him four straight shutout appearances for Toros del Este. His ERA dropped for 3.86 in 7.0 innings over his seven appearances.
In Mexico Carlos Machorro keeps on getting it done for Yaquis de Obregon. The right-handed pitcher lowered his ERA to 2.08 through nine games and 8.2 innings. Alex Powers has kept his ERA perfect with six shutout appearances of relief. That’s spanned over 7.1 innings where he’s allowed just two hits and seven strikeouts.