The Miami Marlins once again will call up a top prospect to replace an injured teammate who was placed on the disabled list. Enter Magneuris Sierra.
With the news that Garrett Cooper could once again spend a considerable amount of time on the shelf, the Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of Magneuris Sierra to fill the void on the 25-man roster. Sierra, who has been at Triple-A New Orleans since the beginning of the season, could be yet another outfielder of the future for this franchise.
"According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, “The organization’s No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who already is on the 40-man roster, will fill the void left after an MRI revealed Cooper has a right wrist sprain.”"
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Cooper has only appeared in 14 games this season for the Marlins, batting just .212. He jammed his right wrist in the 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Injuries have played a major role in how his season has never truly developed. Now, it appears he will have the injury looked at by a hand specialist to determine the extent of the damage and how long the outfielder will be out of action.
Sierra was part of the trade package the St. Louis sent to the Marlins in return for outfielder Marcell Ozuna. As of now, outfielder Lewis Brinson is still dealing with a hip injury that has kept him on the disabled list longer than first anticipated.
Pitcher Sandy Alcantara was another piece of the trade for Ozuna.
"“Sierra bats and throws left-handed. In 2017, he appeared in 22 games for the Cardinals, hitting .317 with a .359 on-base percentage in 64 plate appearances,” Frisaro added."
His speed allows him to play all three outfield spots which could make it difficult for the team to send him back to the minors, should he show he can handle Major League hitting.
"“He’s been getting better as the season’s went on,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said about Sierra after Miami lost 12-1, on Monday night. “We felt it’s the right time to bring him up.”"
It is expected Sierra will play in both center and left field. Veteran Cameron Maybin has been playing in center field in place of Brinson since he went on the disabled list before the All-Star Break.