RAUL SIRI, SECOND BASEMAN
|Born: October 21, 1994
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Siri was within a few months of 18 when the Pirates signed him, making him slightly on the older side for a Dominican prospect. He played second exclusively in his debut season, which probably indicates the Pirates consider him limited defensively.
Siri had a big debut season, walking more than he fanned and hitting for impressive gap power.
Siri spent most of the season in the GCL, serving as the primary second baseman but also spending about a third of his time at third. He hit well for about the first week and then stopped hitting. He wasn’t completely overwhelmed, as his plate discipline was actually good. The Pirates moved him up to Bristol late in the season, but they may have done so mainly because Trae Arbet got hurt, rather than because Siri had earned the promotion.
The Pirates sent Siri back to Bristol, where he was the primary second baseman. He hit about the same as the previous year; he showed some power, drew walks, struck out a lot and generally didn’t hit well. He played 16 games at third and committed seven errors there.
Siri spent the season at Morgantown and was the team’s primary second baseman, mainly because Tristan Gray ultimately moved to short. Interestingly, the Pirates gave Siri more playing time than 2017 middle infield draftees Brett Pope and Robbie Glendinning. In fact, his playing time increased in the second half of the season. Siri’s hitting improved only slightly over 2016; he drew a lot of walks, hit for a little power and struck out a lot. He struggled against RHPs, with a .643 OPS. He had a .771 OPS against LHPs. He attempted a lot of steals but wasn’t at all effective at it. Apart from playing second, Siri started five games at third and one at short.
Siri started his season at Morgantown, but moved up twice to West Virginia to fill in, and spent the last month of the season at Bradenton. He hit very well at his first and last stops, although with very bad plate discipline at Bradenton. Siri saw time at second, third and both outfield corners.
Siri saw only limited playing time, split between the two class A affiliates. He seemingly was activated only when one team was shorthanded. He played second and third.
Siri won’t be eligible for free agency for another year, so he could be back in 2020.
|2020: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 3, 2013: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.