Saturday, May 21, 2011

Prospect Watch: Moises Sierra

Being able to work for the Trenton Thunder brings unique opportunities, one of which is to watch the biggest prospects in baseball play on a regular basis.  I’ve been watching the best players in the Yankees organization all season and it’s awesome to see how well they are developing (or sucking in some cases).  It’s also a treat to see some prospects on other teams.  Whenever I do electronic scoreboard, I have the privilege to sit in the press box with all the team beat writers.  They know their stuff and won’t hesitate to sprout off how well a certain player is doing, how likely their chances to make it to the big leagues are, and the such.  When the New Hampshire Fisher Cats were in town (Toronto Blue Jays Double A affiliate), one writer commented on a simple fact.

“Moises Sierra is one hell of a hitter.”

Never heard of him?  That makes sense.  He’s not big into the baseball card world… yet.  The only cards of him available are in 2009 Bowman, like the one pictured above.  He’s the right fielder for the Fisher Cats and is listed at 6 foot, 225 pounds.  When I worked manual scoreboard the previous night, Sierra was walking right by the board.  When he passed my open square, all I could think was “this guy is huge.”

Sure enough, when I was up in the press box the next game and he was batting third, I wasn’t too surprised.  The guy has a lot of talent in the batter’s box, but he still needs to work on his game.  In 36 games in 2011, Sierra is batting .286 with seven homeruns and 31 RBI’s.  He has 25 runs scored and a .806 OPS.  Those are fairly solid numbers in an early season.  His defense is average as well, nothing to write home about.  His baserunning, surprisingly, has been fairly decent for a man given his size; 46 stolen bases in 4 years.  But his true claim to fame is his bat, no doubt.

While Sierra hasn’t produced the best numbers in the minors for his career (a .258/33/181 line), I believe he has the raw power and skills to go far with his bat, which makes him officially on my Prospect Watch.

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