It’s official, The St. Louis Cardinals have called up outfielder Magneuris Sierra from High-A Palm Beach. Injuries have plagued the Cardinals outfield in just the last week. First it was Stephen Piscotty who came up limping running to first base. He’s on the 10-day DL. Then, it was Dexter Fowler who strained his shoulder diving for a ball. Then, rookie Jose Martinez was hurt Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.. enter Magneuris Sierra.
It’s not often a player makes the jump from High-A to the major leagues. Sierra has been touted as one of the organization’s top prospects since he was drafted in 2013 and was in Low-A Peoria just last season. In my short time getting to watch Sierra play, I was impressed.
Sierra looks like a high school sophomore at 5’11” and 160 pounds, but I think his bat will do the talking. He’s currently hitting .272 with 4 triples and 3 doubles in Palm Beach. He also has 3 stolen bases, indicating his speed will be a factor. Sierra was the only remaining outfielder on the Cardinals 40-man roster. Essentially that means he was the team’s only option without kicking someone else off.
The lineup is out for Sunday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves. If you look, you’ll find Sierra hitting 7th and playing center field. He’ll wear #43 for the Cardinals.. a number that’s been prominent in the Cardinals bullpen and outfield in recent years. The team is hoping their new young star can help them sweep the series before heading further south to Miami.
So, what do you think of the move? Is Sierra the real deal or is he just a placeholder until Piscotty or Martinez come off the DL?