Reds OF prospect Mike Siani will be added to the 40-man roster.
This one is a virtual lock. If you enjoyed watching Billy Hamilton, you're going to love Mike Siani. You can bet your bottom dollar that the Cincinnati Reds prospect will be added to the team's 40-man roster this winter. Siani, a former fourth-round draft pick, would be at the very least a fourth outfielder on almost any major league squad next season.
Siani played major league-caliber defense the day that Cincinnati drafted him. But, as Reds fans know all too well after watching Hamilton patrol center field from 2013-2018, speed and defense only take you so far in this game. Siani's skills at the dish will be he difference between the Pennsylvania native being the Reds' everyday centerfielder or a platoon player.
But. it's important to remember that not every major league player is Mike Trout. If fans are expecting Mike Siani to make it to the big leagues and post an .850 OPS while swiping 30-plus bases base per season, you may want to adjust your expectations. Siani does, however, need to reach base enough to make his presence on the bases felt.
This season, Siani had spent the entire season at Double-A Chattanooga until this past week. With over 500 plate appearances for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Siani has a batting average above .250 and an on-base percentage above .350. Both of those numbers are fantastic for a player who brings so much more to the game outside of the batters' bnox.
Mike Siani will surely be added to the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster and most likely sent to Louisville to begin next season. If Siani can produce the same type of numbers at Triple-A that he's put up in Double-A this season, Nick Krall and the Reds front office will be quite pleased and may have their centerfielder of the future.