The San Francisco Giants have added outfielder Jose Siri to their 60-player pool. The team announced the news on Tuesday.
#SFGiants have added an additional player to the player pool: OF Jose Siri— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 14, 2020
The Giants initially claimed Siri off of waivers in mid-March after the Seattle Mariners let him go. He had gone 2-10 with 1 home run and 2 walks for the Mariners in Spring Training.
The 24-year old right-hander has some strong skills, with Fangraphs giving him grades of 60/60 in both speed and throwing, as well 55/55 in raw power, and 45/50 in both fielding and game power. They rank him as the number 33 prospect in the organization.
After having some decent success in his early years in the Minor Leagues, Siri struggled last year in his final season in the Cincinnati Reds organization. In 405 AA plate appearances he slashed just .251/.313/.388. He had an even rougher time in AAA, hitting .186/.252/.245 in 112 plate appearances.
The Giants are obviously hoping that Siri can turn a developmental corner. Since he’s on the 40-man roster, he’ll have to impress in order to stick around, as the team needs to clear a handful of roster spots. They may also be optimistic that they can pass him through waivers and keep him in camp.
Siri joins a rather crowded outfield crew in the player pool, as Summer Camp already features Hunter Pence, Alex Dickerson, Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Slater, Jaylin Davis, Steven Duggar, Joe McCarthy, Heliot Ramos, Alexander Canario, Joey Rickard, and Billy Hamilton, not to mention infielders Darin Ruf and Mauricio Dubón, who have both gotten outfield reps.
The Giants are not releasing the totals of Summer Camp, but by my unofficial count, Siri takes Buster Posey’s vacated spot as the 59th name on the 60-player pool. That does not count outfield prospect Hunter Bishop, who is expected to be added to the pool after recovering from the coronavirus.
Also of note regarding the roster: According to the Giants website, Hamilton, a non-roster invitee, is part of the 40-man roster, though the move is not listed on their transactions page. Make of that what you will.