Mike Siani, welcome to The Show! The Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of the speedy outfield prospect ahead of Wednesday's showdown with the Boston Red Sox. Siani had been at Double-A Chattanooga throughout the 2022 season until last week when he was added to the Louisville Bats roster.
Siani is not in the Reds starting lineup on Wednesday night, but fans should expect to see the 22-year-old make his major league debut either tonight or on Thursday night versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
Siani was Cincinnati's fourth-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft and is well regarded as perhaps the best defender in the Reds' farm system. Reds Country might have flashbacks to Billy Hamilton's debut in 2013 when they're able to witness Siani's speed in the outfield and on the base paths.
Mike Siani is the latest Reds prospect to debut in 2022.
The 2022 season may be long remembered for the major league debuts of some of the future stars of the Cincinnati Reds franchise. Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Spencer Steer, Alexis Diaz, and Graham Ashcraft have all made their way to the bigs this season, and now Mike Siani is joining them.
Taken in the same draft as second baseman Jonathan India, Siani had played 121 games at Double-A Chattanooga this season. The left-handed hitting outfielder slashed .252/.351/.404 with 38 extra base hits and 49 stolen bases.
Siani had played just eight games for the Louisville Bats and had nine hits including two round trippers before being selected to join the Reds in for the finale versus the Red Sox. Siani would have been eligible for the Rule 5 Draft later this winter had the club not added him to the 40-man roster, so it's not an overly surprising addition.
Mike Siani is much more well known for his defense and speed than his bat. The 23-year-old has a career batting average in the minors of .248/.336/.364. But, once the speedster gets on base, get ready for a show. Welcome to the big leagues, Mike Siani.