The Cincinnati Reds had a roster spot to fill for the final two weeks of the year after outfielder Nick Senzel broke a toe in last night’s game after colliding with the wall in center against the Boston Red Sox. Their 40-man roster only had three position players on it that weren’t already in the big leagues – two catchers, and outfielder Allan Cerda who struggled to hit all season long between High-A Dayton and Double-A Chattanooga. Cincinnati opted to add outfielder Michael Siani to the 40-man roster and call him up from Triple-A Louisville instead of one of the 40-man roster options. He was selected by the Reds in the 4th round of the 2018 draft out of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.
The Reds were going to need to add Siani to the 40-man roster this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, so this just gives him a 2-week head start on his 40-man addition. But it also gets him a head start on his big league career.
Michael Siani began the year in Double-A Chattanooga and he spent most of his season with the Lookouts before a late season promotion to Triple-A Louisville where he’s played in eight games. It’s been a breakout season offensively for the 23-year-old. He entered the season with 14 career home runs in 264 minor league games. This season he’s matched that, hitting 12 with Chattanooga and adding 2 more with Louisville. He’s also set career bests with 19 doubles, 7 triples, 65 walks, and 52 stolen bases.
Between his two stops, Siani has hit .252/.345/.405. After a quality showing in the Arizona Fall League in 2021 where his plate discipline seemed to take a step forward, the outfielder carried that forward to the 2022 season where he’s walked 65 times with just 95 strikeouts in 569 plate appearances. You can see his career stats here.
Entering the year, Siani was known more for his defense than for his offense. A plus defender in center with an above-average to plus arm, he’s long stood out with his defensive abilities. This season he’s rounded out his game a little bit, showing a better understanding of the strikezone and more power – giving pitchers something to be a bit more careful with when he’s at the plate.