Cincinnati Reds prospect Jose Siri had a big night last night in the Dominican Winter League. Siri, the Reds #8 prospect, had been in a big slump. He had one hit in the last nine games, going just 1-25 in that span with one walk. The center fielder had two days off before taking the field again last night for the Gigantes del Cibao.
In the first trip to the plate, leading off the game, Jose Siri flew out to center. Two innings later he came up to the plate with a runner on first base and he didn’t come up short on a 1-1 pitch, clobbering it about 15 rows deep into left field.
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That home run helped break him out of the slump. The next inning, Siri would single on a line drive to center, and later score in the inning on a ground out. He’d walk in his next two plate appearances. Two hits, including a long home run, and two walks is a good place to start busting out of a long slump.
Aristides Aquino has a big game, too
Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino has only played in eight games this winter for the Tigres Del Licey in the Dominican Winter League. There was a contract dispute that led to his delayed arrival. He got out to a slow start, going 1-15, but he’s picked things up in the last four games. Last night he went 2-5 with a double, scored two runs, drove in another run, and he stole his first base of the winter.
Misael Lopez continues to pitch well in Mexico
18-year-old left-handed pitcher Misael Lopez continues to get things done down in Mexico. He made his last start on Thursday night, and was charged with two earned runs over 5.0 innings. That was his worst appearance of the winter – which tells you just how good he’s been. It was his fourth start and his eighth overall appearance for the Caneros de los Mochis. He now has a 0.78 ERA through 23.0 innings where he’s allowed just 13 hits, no home runs, just four walks, and he’s struck out 26 batters. Here’s your reminder that he’s 18-years-old and that the average age of the player in the league is 28.8.
Winter League Updates
Here’s how all of the players in the Cincinnati Reds organization are performing in the various winter leagues around the world.