Deadline Deals Help Sierra Get To Toronto
TORONTO—A couple of dramatic moves led to Moises Sierra's promotion to the majors following the trade deadline.
Both Travis Snider and Eric Thames, who had been Sierra's teammates at Triple-A Las Vegas for much of the season, were traded.
At spring training, Snider and Thames had competed for the starting job in left field. Thames won and Snider was demoted. Thames joined him in Las Vegas later.
With Jose Bautista on the disabled list with a wrist injury, Anthony Gose already had been called up. So when the trade was made, Sierra was next to be promoted.
Sierrea, a 23-year-old signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, singled in his first major league at-bat in Seattle on July 31. He scored his first run by running through the stop sign of third-base coach Brian Butterfield and sliding home head first.
"He's someone who we've talked about (promoting) earlier," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "There was even a point in time we talked about last summer.
'He's a guy who has been on the radar, he's been on the 40-man (roster), he had a good year in (Double-A) New Hampshire last year. At Las Vegas, defensively, he's been outstanding."
In 100 games with Las Vegas, Sierra batted .289/.360/.472 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs. New Hampshire manager Sal Fasano said Sierra has an 80 arm on the 20-80 scale.
"It would be interesting to see both him and Jose Bautista throwing from right field to compare the arm strength," Anthopoulos said. "He is a high-energy player. We think he has the type of upside to be a Nelson Cruz-type player. His skill set and his tools match that. We're high on him, we're excited about him."
"I didn't know I was compared to Cruz," Sierra said. "In the past, I've been compared with Raul Mondesi. I've heard that before. But I'm very happy knowing that they compare me with a guy who has been successful in the big leagues."
• The Blue Jays extended their player development contract with low Class A Lansing through the 2014 season.
• First baseman Mike McDade went 2-for-10 in his first three games at Las Vegas, his hometown, after batting .275/.354/.437 with 15 homers for New Hampshire.