Former Dayton Dragons stars among players added to Reds 40-man roster

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Former Dayton Dragons stars among players added to Reds 40-man roster

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Dragons center field Jose Siri waits on a pitch during a game against Great Lakes on Wednesday at Fifth Third Field. Contributed Photo by Bryant Billing

The Cincinnati Reds announced this week they have added six players to their 40-man roster. 

Alex Blandino, Shed Long, Jose Lopez, Jesus Reyes, Jose Siri and Zach Weiss are now protected from being selected in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 14. 

Siri and Long are among the top 10 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America. 

An outfielder from the Dominican Republic, Siri had a breakout season in Dayton in 2017 when he hit .293 with 24 homers and 76 RBIs. He also had a Midwest League-record 39-game hitting streak

Long, an Alabama native, starred in Dayton in 2016 and split last season between Daytona (advanced A) and Pensacola (Double-A) as a second baseman. 

Blandino is another infielder and a former first-round pick who hasn’t quite put it together. He hit a combined .265 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs between Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville last season. 

Lopez, Reyes and Weiss are all right-handed pitchers who pitched in Daytona and Pensacola last season. 

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