Well, at least one member of the Toronto Blue Jays thought it’d be a nice gesture to follow GM Alex Anthopoulos‘ vote of confidence to skipper John Gibbons with a good performance on the field.
So much for accountability from the players, right?
Though it’s likely much more of a coincidence than something to draw a narrative from, it’s is notable that in the team’s 7-1 embarrassment at the hand of the divisional rival New York Yankees (whom they’ve seemingly lost to since the beginning of time … or at least this season), it was three prospects at the bottom of the order who managed six of the team’s 10 total hits on the night.
The man of the evening in this group was Moises Sierra, the toolsy outfielder who led the likes of Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar — and the rest of the team for that matter — with a 3-for-3 night.
Aside from being just the second three-hit game of the outfielder’s career, this little coming out party for Sierra is significant in that the three base knocks also happened to be his first three since being called up a week ago, breaking an 0-for-13 streak that was threatening to reach Pillar levels.
Now, one thing that should be pointed out is that even though the hits hadn’t come until Tuesday, the 24-year-old was far from what you’d call lost at the plate. Having drawn at least a walk in five of his seven games and striking out just two times, he was composed enough to post a a 22.7 percent walk rate to a 9.1 percent K rate.
Considering that he’s been basically the polar opposite in triple-A this season (and also in his 2012 cup of team with the team), this sudden patience being shown at the plate is both surprising and something that the team should be encouraged by; though, whether Sierra could realistically turn a 0.15 BB/K in the minors in 2013 into 2.50 in the bigs — and actually sustain it — is another matter.
Will this one-day hit parade spark Sierra on a run to swing his way into baseball oblivion? Or will he be able to maintain his discipline at the plate and hit his spots?
It could go either way, but it’s flashes of ability like this that keep him around, and that he put in the effort on a night where his manager’s future on the team was secured likely won’t be forgotten by the team anytime soon.