For Jose Siri, all he needed was an opportunity, and the Houston Astros made it happen. Initially signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent in 2012, Siri has spent most of his career bouncing around the minor leagues. But, that all changed once he signed with the Astros in December of 2020.
Years In The Making
One of the great things that the Astros do very well is finding those diamond in the rough type players, especially international players, like Siri, who have all the tools to be a practical part of a lineup that most teams do seem to pass over. The Astros have the most international players on their current roster, with a total of 15. This is why Siri will have no trouble fitting into this lineup.
Before the Astros, Siri was never given the opportunity to advance with any of the organizations that he was with. During his time within the Reds organization, Siri spent the first four seasons of his professional career bouncing back and forth between rookie ball and the Arizona League. In 2017, Siri had an outstanding season from a minor league perspective, where he had a slash line of .293/.530/.871. This impressive performance made him an All-Star with the Dayton Dragons, the Low-Class A affiliate of the Reds. In June of 2019, Siri was called up to Triple-A, Louisville Bats. That stint would be short-lived as Siri would be sent back out to Double-A in August of 2019. The Reds would go on the designate Siri for assignment in January of 2020.
In February 2020, the Seattle Mariners would claim Siri off waivers, which would be short-lived as Siri was optioned just after a month with the Mariners. Shortly after, the San Francisco Giants would claim Siri off waivers in March and assign him to the Alternate Training Site before the start of the season. The Giants would soon designate Siri for assignment before opening day, and since there was no minor league season in 2020, Siri would be out of baseball of the foreseeable future.
All About Timing
When the Astros signed Siri in December 2020, they saw a player ready to make an impact at the big-league level. With that, the Astros did not send Siri to Low-A or Double-A; they bumped up to Triple-A, assigning him to the Round Rock Express, which would later be the Sugar Land Skeeters as the Astros made changes to their minor league affiliates.
Once Siri joined the Skeeters, it was all uphill from there. In 94-games with the Skeeters, Siri had a slash line of .318/.552/.921 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs. In August, Siri was named the Triple-A West player of the month, where he batted .363, with five home runs and 24 RBIs.
On September 3rd, the Astros selected the contract of Siri, which meant he was finally headed to the show after spending so many years in the minor leagues. Since getting called up, Siri has done something no rookie has done in his first week in the big leagues. In the eight games that Siri has appeared in, his slash line is an impressive .438/.813/1.283 with two home runs and five RBIs.
It will be interesting to see how the Astros plan to use Siri down the stretch and into the postseason. In the meantime, we will continue to watch as Siri makes his mark on MLB.
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