3. José Siri, Former Reds outfield prospect
This one stings. José Siri was supposed was supposed to be the Cincinnati Reds' future in the outfield. The Reds signed Siri as an international free agent in 2012 and the 17-year-old made his professional debut the following season in the Dominican Summer League.
Siri fought and clawed his way up the ranks of Cincinnati's farm system, all the while relying on his athletic ability to carry him. The super-toolsy outfielder had above-average speed, power, a solid arm, and unfortunately, a lot of swings and misses in his bat.
It's hard to be mad at the Reds for moving on from José Siri when they did. I mean how much longer were they supposed to wait? After finally making his way to Triple-A in 2019, Siri hit just .186 and posted a 34.8% strikeout-rate for the Bats in 112 at-bats. The decision was made for the team to designate Siri for assignment.
Eventually, the Seattle Mariners picked up the then-23-year-old off waivers. Siri was waived by the M's, and then signed by the San Francisco Giants before the 2020 season. Siri didn't appear in a single game for the Giants, was outrighted, and didn't sign until this past offseason when the 25-year-old agreed to a minor-league deal with the Houston Astros.
Siri tore it up for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate this season. He played 98 games for the Sugar Land Skeeters and hit .318/.369/.552 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs. Siri then made his big league debut this season for the Astros and straight-up mashed. Siri hit .304/.347/.608 in 21 games.
With Nick Castellanos likely on his way out of Cincinnati and Nick Senzel having struggled to stay healthy, having an outfield prospect like José Siri would be greatly appreciated right now. As it is, the Reds cannot rely on Senzel to stay healthy and will have a huge void in the middle of their lineup if Castellanos bolts this winter. The Reds really could have used José Siri.