Moisés Sierra

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Moisés Sierra
Moisés Sierra on May 17, 2014.jpg
Sierra with the Chicago White Sox
Chunichi Dragons – No. 45
Right fielder
Born: (1988-09-24) September 24, 1988 (age 32)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 31, 2012, for the Toronto Blue Jays
NPB: 2020, for the Chunichi Dragons
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.235
Home runs9
Runs batted in41
Teams

Moisés Sierra (born September 24, 1988) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, and Washington Nationals.

Minor league career[edit]

Sierra began his professional career in 2006, playing for the DSL Blue Jays. That year, he hit .253 with 4 home runs, 26 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases in 69 games. He played for the GCL Blue Jays in 2007, hitting .203 with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs. In 2008, he was with the Lansing Lugnuts, with whom he hit .246 with 9 home runs, 39 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases. He split 2009 between the Dunedin Blue Jays and New Hampshire Fisher Cats, hitting a combined .292 with 6 home runs and 62 RBIs.

In 2010, he split the season between the GCL Blue Jays and Dunedin, hitting a combined .211 in 20 games.[1]

In 2013, he played for Buffalo in the International League and the Blue Jays in the Gulf League, hitting a combined .262 in 103 games.[2]

Major league career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Sierra playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012

Sierra was brought up to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31, 2012, following the trades of Travis Snider and Eric Thames. At the time of his call-up, Sierra was batting .289 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs in 100 games at Triple-A Las Vegas[3] Sierra made his debut that night against the Seattle Mariners, and recorded his first career hit in his first at bat.[4][5] On August 13, Sierra hit his first career home run, a solo shot off Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy. In 2012, he batted .224, in 147 at bats.[6]

The Blue Jays optioned Sierra to the Buffalo Bisons on March 3, 2013.[7] Sierra was called up to the Blue Jays on August 21, when José Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list.[8]

Sierra started the 2014 season on the Blue Jays' 25-man roster. He was designated for assignment on May 1.[9]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On May 3, Sierra was claimed by the Chicago White Sox.[10] Sierra found regular time as a reserve outfielder for the White Sox in 2014, hitting .279 with two home runs, before going on the disabled list with a strained oblique on August 16.[11]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On October 24, Sierra was claimed by the Kansas City Royals.[12] He was designated for assignment and then outrighted to Triple-A in December.[13]

Miami Marlins[edit]

On December 31, 2015, Sierra signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.[14] He signed a new minor league contract with the Marlins on November 17, 2016.[15] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On December 19, 2017, Sierra signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. He was added to the active roster on April 11, 2018,[16] and he made his first major league start since 2014 on April 14 against the Colorado Rockies, driving in two runs.[17]

After 24 games and 60 plate appearances for the Nationals, in which he went 9-for-54 with two doubles and four RBIs,[18][18][19] the Nationals designated him for assignment on May 20, 2018.[19] He accepted an outright assignment to the Nationals' Class-AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs. He declared free agency on October 2, 2018.[20]

Guerreros de Oaxaca[edit]

On March 27, 2019, Sierra signed with the Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican League.

Chunichi Dragons[edit]

On December 5, 2019, it was announced that Sierra had signed with the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB) on a development contract.[21] On March 26, 2020, Sierra was given a fully rostered deal ahead of the delayed, 2020 season.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BR Minors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Moises Sierra Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 31, 2012). "Toronto recalls Sierra, option Carreno, Crawford". Bluejays.com. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  4. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (August 1, 2012). "Sierra makes Major League debut in right field". Bluejays.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (August 1, 2012). "Blue Jays fall on frustrating night for Laffey". MLB.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Moises Sierra Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Major League Baseball Transactions". MLB.com. March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Simmons, Jeff (August 21, 2013). "Blue Jays recall Sierra to fill in for Bautista". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (May 1, 2014). "Blue Jays designate Sierra in roster shakeup". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "Blue Jays' Sierra claimed off waivers by White Sox". TSN.ca. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  11. ^ WHITE SOX MAKE FIVE ROSTER MOVES
  12. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (October 24, 2014). "Royals claim Moises Sierra off waivers from White Sox". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  13. ^ Polishuk, Mark (December 24, 2014). "Minor Moves: Sierra, Coleman, Albers". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Miami Marlins Transactions". MLB.com. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  15. ^ Frisaro, Joe (November 17, 2016). "Marlins sign 5, including 3 lefty relievers". MLB.com. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  16. ^ Todd, Jeff (April 11, 2018). "Nationals Designate Miguel Montero". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Scherzer dominates, Nats end 3-game skid with win over Rockies". NBC Sports Washington. April 14, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Moisés Sierra". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  19. ^ a b Rotowire Staff (May 20, 2018). "Nationals' Moises Sierra: Cut from 40-man roster". cbssports.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  20. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 8, 2018). "Players Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  21. ^ "中日 新助っ投ゴンザレスと契約合意 退団ロドリゲス&開幕不在マルの穴埋める" [Chunichi: Agree deal with pitcher, Gonzalez to fill hole left by departing Rodriguez and absent at opening day, Martinez]. Sponichi (in Japanese). 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  22. ^ "中日育成シエラ、支配下契約「第一歩を踏み出せた」" [Chunichi's development player, Sierra given full-time deal "I've made the first step"]. Sponichi (in Japanese). 2020-03-26. Retrieved 2020-03-26.

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