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An Update On Magnerius Sierra

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MLB: Cardinals

Since joining the team in Atlanta, Magnerius Sierra has found a home in the Cardinals’ outfield.  He was called up on May 6, when Jose Martinez went down with a groin injury.  Sierra has played in six games, so far, and has had a surprisingly positive impact, on the Cards’ success.

Magnerius Sierra by the Numbers

Sierra has been able to keep himself in the starting lineup, consistently, with how well he has played.  In 24 at bats, he has a slash line of .375/.423/.375.  He has yet to steal a base, but his speed has helped him score seven runs, in six games.  His WAR, thus far, has also been positive, though it is a mere 0.2.

Mags, as he has been dubbed by his teammates, has also been a plus defender.  In his first game with the Cardinals, he made a catch in center field, that Statcast only gave a 39% chance of being caught.  All the injuries have allowed for Sierra to roam center, with Tommy Pham, and Randal Grichuk at his sides.  Some people close to the organization think that may be the best defensive trio, of outfielders, in the entire organization.

What’s Next?

It is likely that when both Martinez and Piscotty are back healthy, Sierra will be sent back to the Minor Leagues.  However, his play has possibly put him on a list of reserves, should anyone else get hurt, and may have earned him a roster spot, come September.  After jumping all the way from Single-A ball to the MLB, and having success, it will be interesting to see if we will return to Palm Beach, or get promoted to Double-A Springfield.

Jose Martinez was able to do some light running, Sunday, according to Jen Langosch, of  He has already been able to take batting practice, so once he can run the bases, he will be ready for a return.

Jhonny Peralta has finished his assignment in Palm Beach.  He will now head to Memphis, to complete his rehab, according to Derrick Goold, of the Post-Dispatch.

Finally, Stephen Piscotty is scheduled to start a rehab assignment, Monday night, in Springfield.  He has already been participating in all baseball activities, but the organization is sending him for a short stint at Double-A, just to be sure he is 100 percent ready to go.