It’s been a strong start to the season for Michael Siani. And on Sunday he kept that going by going 4-6 with a double and his second home run of the season. After a short slump during the week, Siani kicked things back into gear over the weekend with two multi-hit games.
Through 14 games the outfielder is hitting .320/.444/.580. Siani has walked more than he’s struck out, with 11 walks on the season and just 8 strikeouts in 63 plate appearances. His improvement in his walk and contact rate goes back to what he did last fall out in the Arizona Fall League when he had 10 walks and just 9 strikeouts.
It’s not just that his plate approach that’s improving. Siani is also showing a big jump in power. Back in 2019 he played in 121 games with the then Low-A Dayton Dragons he had just 22 extra-base hits. In the 2021 season he had 23 extra-base hits for what was then High-A Dayton in 97 games. This season he’s already picked up 5 doubles, a triple, and 2 home runs in his 14 games.
Highlight Videos of the Week
To say that Jose Torres had a good week would be the understatement of the year so far. The infielder played in four games last week with the Dayton Dragons and hit .533/.588/1.333, going 8-15 with a double, triple, and 3 home runs. He also stole 2 bases. The 3rd round draft pick last summer has now played in 39 games as a professional and is hitting .326/.379/.604 with 19 extra-base hits.
Another well regarded prospect on the Dayton Dragons, Allan Cerda hit the furthest home run of the season on the farm so far this season over the weekend. The blast below went 445 feet and disappeared into the ether of Day Air Ballpark.
Elly De La Cruz
The Reds top prospect that remains in the minor leagues at this point of the year, Elly De La Cruz has certainly hit the ball well with Dayton and he kept that going this past week, picking up 2 home runs to help boost his line on the season to .289/.333/.600 through 12 games.
Speaking of guys hitting the ball well in Dayton, and there are quite a few of them, Alex McGarry may be doing so better than anyone. He’s only played in 10 of the Dragons games this season but he’s made them count. He’s hitting .290/.361/.871 with 5 home runs, a double, and a triple so far. One of those home runs was a moonshot over the weekend that you can check out below.
After a slow start to the season, Trey Amburgey picked things up last week in the series against the Iowa Cubs. He capped the series off with two home runs over the weekend, finishing the series up by going 7-19 (.368) with three homers.
Albert Almora Jr.
Not all highlights are home runs, though they are tougher to source out. The Louisville Bats came through, though, with two clips of Albert Almora Jr. flashing the leather. It’s not as though he hasn’t been hitting, either, with a .378/.395/.487 line through 9 games this year.
One of the newest Reds prospects, Chase Petty is out to a great start in Low-A Daytona with the Tortugas. The 19-year-old has allowed just one earned run in his 11.0 innings pitched thus far (0.82 ERA) while walking just one batter and striking out 10. Against Bradenton this past week he tossed 4.0 hitless innings with four strikeouts, needing just 43 pitches to do so.
— Justin Rocke (@JustinRocke) April 22, 2022
I’ve seen multiple angles of the home run hit by Jay Allen this past week in Daytona and none of them make sense as to how the ball got enough air under it to leave the ballpark, yet it did just that despite looking like a line drive that would barely have cleared a basketball hoop somewhere in short left field.
Austin Hendrick and Jay Allen II wasted no time making their mark on Wednesday's game.
Just two pitches into the home first, a 1-0 deficit flipped to a 2-1 advantage.
Bloop and a blast? Nah. How about a laser and a blast. pic.twitter.com/X6wxf01wSy
— Justin Rocke (@JustinRocke) April 21, 2022