Blue Jays hope Sierra is healthy in 2011
TORONTO — Moises Sierra had a breakout season in 2009. But in 2010 it was more like a breakdown.
Two injuries limited him to 20 games last season between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and high Class A Dunedin. If healthy, he likely would have been back at Double-A New Hampshire.
The good news for Sierra and the Blue Jays is that he is still only 22.
And this year he gets a chance to build on 2009, when he hit .292/.360/.399 between Dunedin and New Hampshire.
Despite the setback of last season and an improved minor league system that has increased the depth of talent, the Blue Jays believe enough in him that he was added to the 40-man roster in November.
"Sierra should be 100 percent in spring training," assistant general manager Tony LaCava said. "He will be given the chance to make the Double-A club."
The injuries that wiped out Sierra's 2010 season were a microfracture in his shin and a broken hamate bone in his wrist.
Toronto signed Sierra in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic partly because of his size and strength—he is listed at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds.
The organization is hoping that the power potential they see in him begins to show because there is a feeling he could one day hit 15-20 home runs.
• Outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was added to the 40-man roster after stealing 46 bases at New Hampshire, attended an optional camp at Rogers Centre in January. His winter league season in Venezuela ended in December because of inflammation in his right hand. He was batting .365/.448/.460 with 11 steals in 15 attempts in 37 games.
• J.P. Arencibia still appears to be the front-runner for the Jays' catching spot going into the season, after catcher Mike Napoli was traded to the Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco days after being acquired from the Angels with outfielder Juan Rivera for outfielder Vernon Wells.