In 2018 Jose Siri’s season got out to a delayed start after a thumb injury cost him nearly two months after injuring it during the first game of spring training after colliding with the center field wall. His bat didn’t quite get going as he split his season between Daytona and Pensacola, hitting .239/.294/.449 with 23 steals between the two stops.
When the 2019 season began the Reds sent Jose Siri back to the Double-A level, but this time with their new affiliate in Chattanooga. The season got out to a quick start as the center fielder went 6-17 (.353) with a home run, two walks, a steal, and two doubles in the first four games. But he’d go into a slum over the next week, going 1-19 (.053) The final two weeks of the month were a good rebound from there, as he hit .289/.340/.400 in the final 13 games of the month. That week long slump damaged the month’s line, though, as he finished with a .247/.319/.370 line with nine walks and 30 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances.
The hitting from the final two weeks of April carried over into the first half of May. In the first 14 games of the month Jose Siri went 19-52 (.365) with four doubles, a home run, and he had five walks. Things slowed down in the next 15 games of the month, though. Siri went 12-58 (.207) with just two walks and he had just three extra-base hits. For the month he would finish with a .282/.322/.373 line with seven walks and 38 strikeouts. He did steal a season best 11 bases during the month.
After missing the first week of June, Jose Siri returned to the field and went 7-16 in the first four games back. He went into a slump over the following week, though, going 4-23 (.174). On June 18th he joined the Louisville Bats, going 0-4 with a walk. But he’d head back to Chattanooga after just one game – the promotion was simply a 1-day fill in as Louisville needed a center fielder for the day. The slump continued for the Lookouts when he came back going 7-34 (.206) in the final nine games of the year. Over the 21 games in June he hit .234/.298/.351 in 85 plate appearances with six walks and 20 strikeouts.
July started out with a bang for Jose Siri. He hit two home runs against Jacksonville on the 1st, and kept on going the first week, posting an OPS over 1.000 in the first seven games of the month. But he went into a big slump over the next two weeks, going 4-42 with 19 strikeouts in the next 14 games. The month closed out with a hot streak where the now 24-year-old hit three more home runs in the final seven games. His .729 OPS on the month was the best of the season, but he struggled, too, posting a .214 average and a .300 on-base percentage with 12 walks and 40 strikeouts in 110 plate appearances.
August started out with a 2-4 game against Montgomery, but that was the final game that Jose Siri would play in Double-A on the year. Two days later he was in Louisville to join the Bats for the remainder of the season. Things didn’t start out well for the outfielder, who went 0-15 in the first five games with seven strikeouts and a walk. Things picked up for a small 4-game stretch from August 9th through the 13th as he went 5-15 with two walks and two doubles. It didn’t last long before he went back into an extended slump, hitting .103 over the next 12 games. The season would close out on a high note for Siri, though, who went 10-29 (.345) in the final eight games of the season. He would hit just .206/.261/.265 in the final 30 games of the season.
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Jose Siri Spray Chart
Jose Siri Scouting Report
Position: OF | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 175 lb | Acquired: International FA, September 2012
Born: July 22, 1995
Hitting | He’s got an average raw hit tool.
Power | He has above-average raw power.
Running | He’s got plus plus speed.
Defense | He’s a plus defender.
Arm | He has an above-average arm.
On a pure tools basis, Jose Siri’s probably got the best array of tools in the farm system. He can run, field, throw, and he can hit for power. But at the plate he’s got an issue that causes his hitting tools to not play up to their raw abilities. His pitch recognition is an issue as he struggles to differentiate the fastball from the slider and can often be fooled on the pitch and chase it out of the zone.
Defensively he’s a smooth center fielder with big range, tons of athleticism, and a strong arm. He can also cover you in the corners if needed. On the bases he can steal a base or 30 if given the opportunity. Right now, he’s a guy with a profile of a 4th/5th outfielder. He can provide some pop off of the bench, play elite level defense up the middle, and provide plenty of speed off of the bench.
There are real questions about whether or not he’ll ever hit enough to be more than a bench player. He’ll be out of options after 2020, so there’s not much time to figure it out in the minor leagues. The dream is that he can figure it out enough to be a starter. With a full season of plate appearances, assuming he can hit enough to get there, putting up an All-Star caliber season with plenty of extra-base hits, steals, and big time defense.
The upside is there to dream on. He could be an explosive player with an All-Star ceiling. And the floor is likely that of a big league bench player who can provide value in a few different ways. But the contact issues have gotten worse as he’s climbed the ladder, making it seem less likely that ceiling is going to be reachable.
Longest Home Run of the Year
396 Feet on July 30th.
Interesting Stat on Jose Siri
Jose Siri went 7-10 on bunts during the season. Second interesting stat – He had a 106 point advantage in OPS at home versus on the road in 2019. Almost all of that difference came from power, where he had 14 doubles, a triple, and seven homers in 271 plate appearances in home games and just 10 total extra-base hits on the road in 246 plate appearances on the road.
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