While away from the Astros, Jose Siri continues to have fun playing baseball in the Dominican Winter League.
A strike of excitement is what Jose Siri brought from the top step of the dugout from September on. The Houston Astros‘ rookie outfielder got a possible last shot at the major leagues this past season, after bouncing around farm systems and having trouble succeeding in Triple-A.
Siri didn’t just succeed in 2021. He was named to the Triple-A West All-Star team, as his power numbers were wanted at the major-league level for September call ups.
The 26-year-old left for the Dominican Winter League a little later than expected, while joining his Gigantes del Cibao a couple games into the season. Siri didn’t have the most fantastic winter at the plate, but he kept us busy on Twitter with highlights in the field.
With the start of the LIDOM postseason this week, Siri took on former Astros’ prospect Ramon Laureano and his Tigres del Licey. The suspended Laureano is not beloved by Houston fans for his on-field antics, but he can put up a good game in both the field and at the dish.
On Tuesday, Siri flashed his speed, beating out a Laureano throw.
Siri has shown his human form as well, after being thrown out by a beautiful bullet from Dawel Lugo on a grounder to third. Siri, of course, could only smile at what happened.
The rookie outfielder is one to show the most emotion, but we finally saw his reaction to a foe mirroring his work. After striking out to Arodys Vizcaino, Siri could only smile ear-to-ear, as Vizcaino pumped his glove and fired himself up.
"“Jose Siri is the Dominican born player to watch next year in MLB,” former MLB outfielder Manny Mota told Hector Gomez. “I hope he has the opportunity to play daily because he has everything it takes to become, with his fiery game and energy, one of the most exciting players in the game.”"
Siri remains on the 40-man roster, and with Jake Meyers unavailable at the start of the season, he and Chas McCormick could continue to platoon. Rumors have circled about bolstering the position with outside talent, but Siri could remain a key contributor next season.