Jays give Sierra a third (base) look

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

DUNEDIN Two years ago in spring training young outfielder Moises Sierra, coming off a good year at Class A Lansing, impressed a lot of people not only with his bat but with his strong outfield arm.

That arm has led the club to experiment with Sierra at third base.

Its exploratory, said general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

After reaching double-A during the 2009 season, Sierra suffered an injury-plagued year in 2010, appearing in just 20 games. Hes in the big-league camp this year and is going to get a chance to branch out.

Its like anything else, we want to challenge guys and find out where they could, or should, fit, said assistant GM Tony LaCava.

If the season was to start tomorrow, hes an outfielder. But in instructional league (third base) looked pretty promising. Its going to continue on this spring just to kind of get a feel if he can do it. At some point it might be a viable option for him.

Now 22, Sierra still has prospect potential and has shown flashes of offensive potential to go with solid defence.

Its about creating value in the player, for himself and for us, said LaCava. Its not necessarily out of need but the more versatile these guys are, the more employable they are at the big league level.


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