Sierra is a better real-life prospect than fantasy asset, as he has the potential to offer elite center-field defense, but is raw at the plate. As a member of the Cardinals' 40-man roster, he was shuttled between the majors and minors last season, at the expense of his offensive development. He is a 70-grade runner, however, so he could eventually be a threat to steal 30-plus bases if he is able to secure an everyday role. Look for him to start the year at Double-A, as the Marlins will be able to be more patient with him as his offensive game develops.
Sierra was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
While he is one of the Cardinals' top prospects, Sierra will likely serve as the top pinch-running option and top defensive replacement in the outfield over the final weeks of the season. He hit .269/.313/.352 with one home run and 17 steals in 81 games at Double-A this season, and will likely open 2018 at Double-A or Triple-A as a he continues to develop as a hitter. Sierra is considered the top defensive outfielder in the Cardinals' organization, and might also be the fastest runner in the system.
Sierra, 21, is hitting just .194 over his last 10 games for Double-A Springfield.
Sierra more than held his own during brief stints in the majors, though with the Cards at full strength he was sent back to the minors to get everyday at-bats. In 77 games at Double-A, he is slashing .267/.312/.352 with one home run and 16 steals.
Sierra was optioned to Double-A Springfield prior to Friday's game against the Cubs.
Sierra has spent a couple small chunks of time with the Cardinals this year, and gave the club a look into the future with an impressive five-day stint over the past week, going 7-for-20 at the plate with two RBI during his time in the outfield. The 21-year-old is not a power hitter by any means -- all seven hits were singles -- but provides speed and outstanding contact ability. With Randal Grichuk (back) coming off the DL on Friday, Sierra will head back down to Springfield for the time being.
Sierra went 3-for-4 -- all singles -- with a pair of RBI in a loss against the Mets on Wednesday.
Yes, all his hits since being recalled four games ago have been of the one-base variety, but he's still 8-for-16 in his latest taste of the majors. In fact, even though Sierra is hitting .417 this season, all 20 of his hits have been singles. The young outfielder relies on his speed and contact ability; they've served him well so far, and he should continue seeing fairly regular starting opportunities as long as Stephen Piscotty (groin) and Randal Grichuk (back) are on the DL; the latter just started on a brief rehab assignment, though.
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