Sierra Getting More Aggressive

Now in his second stint with New Hampshire, Moises Sierra is getting aggressive. This can be seen both at the plate, where Sierra is swinging freely and making contact. It can also be seen in the field though, where Sierra has shown his impressive arm and nailing runners. For Sierra, this new assertive approach is something that has come to him as he's become more comfortable with himself.

Moises Sierra has certainly become comfortable at the plate this season, hitting .292, which is good for third on the roster. It's not just mere aggression that's helped Sierra but constant weight training that has made him a legitimate power source.

"I am working hard on my body and in the batting cage on my swing," Sierra said through a translator.

That work shows in his numbers. His seven home runs leads the Fisher Cats while his 31 runs batted in are good for second in the league. Sierra's early reps and hot hitting have him locked in while batting.

"I feel more confident; I have more experience, now I feel like, always, I see the ball good and that's it," said Sierra.

Sierra's numbers still pale in comparison to his first AA call-up. In 2009, Sierra finished out the final eight games of the season on the Fisher Cats roster and batted .359. That was a very small sample of Sierra after he had 110 games of warm-up already. Sierra is now showing that he can be nearly as effective right out of the gate.

Sierra's work in the batting cage is not the only thing he's improved his season. Coming into the season, he worked his plate positioning and his patience, which has led to his increase in power and a knack for making big hits. This has got the notice of the higher-ups, such as Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano.

"Moises has been great as the anchor in the middle of the lineup," said Fasano. "He's had five times this season where he's had the chance to make a game-winning hit and he's come through every time."

This was on show Wednesday night when he pounded a three-run homer in the 2nd inning to break it open and make sure the game was over fast in a rain-shortened affair.

Sierra's biggest problem on the season has been struggles with left-handed pitchers. Coming into Tuesday's game, he was batting a mere .225 on the season, a far-cry from his .321 against righties. So far, his aggressive nature hasn't backfired for him against southpaws.

"With lefty pitchers I'm being aggressive," said Sierra.

This season Sierra has been a gunslinger at the plate when facing lefties, swinging wildly, he seems to be shooting from the hip. Of Sierra's 16 strikeouts on the season, nine have come against lefties even though less than half his at-bats have come against them. This is a reverse of his 2008 season, in which he finished the year with a .246 average but batted .337 against lefties while he struggled mightily against right-handers.

Patience at the plate will help Sierra become more effective against lefties as the season moves on but he still wants to keep his aggression that has helped him become so successful.

"I want to stay more focused and be more aggressive at the plate, while being more patient for the right pitch," said Sierra.

Even though Sierra might sound serious, when he's on the field he seems to be playing as loose as possible.

"He's like a kid out there," said Fasano. "He just wants to play."


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nMoises Sierra has certainly become comfortable at the plate this season, hitting .292, which is good for third on the roster. It's not just mere aggression that's helped Sierra but constant weight training that has made him a legitimate power source.
\r\n
\r\n\"I am working hard on my body and in the batting cage on my swing,\" Sierra said through a translator.
\r\n
\r\nThat work shows in his numbers. His seven home runs leads the Fisher Cats while his 31 runs batted in are good for second in the league. Sierra's early reps and hot hitting have him locked in while batting.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel more confident; I have more experience, now I feel like, always, I see the ball good and that's it,\" said Sierra.
\r\n
\r\nSierra's numbers still pale in comparison to his first AA call-up. In 2009, Sierra finished out the final eight games of the season on the Fisher Cats roster and batted .359. That was a very small sample of Sierra after he had 110 games of warm-up already. Sierra is now showing that he can be nearly as effective right out of the gate.
\r\n
\r\nSierra's work in the batting cage is not the only thing he's improved his season. Coming into the season, he worked his plate positioning and his patience, which has led to his increase in power and a knack for making big hits. This has got the notice of the higher-ups, such as Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano.
\r\n
\r\n\"Moises has been great as the anchor in the middle of the lineup,\" said Fasano. \"He's had five times this season where he's had the chance to make a game-winning hit and he's come through every time.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis was on show Wednesday night when he pounded a three-run homer in the 2nd inning to break it open and make sure the game was over fast in a rain-shortened affair.
\r\n
\r\nSierra's biggest problem on the season has been struggles with left-handed pitchers. Coming into Tuesday's game, he was batting a mere .225 on the season, a far-cry from his .321 against righties. So far, his aggressive nature hasn't backfired for him against southpaws.
\r\n
\r\n\"With lefty pitchers I'm being aggressive,\" said Sierra.
\r\n
\r\nThis season Sierra has been a gunslinger at the plate when facing lefties, swinging wildly, he seems to be shooting from the hip. Of Sierra's 16 strikeouts on the season, nine have come against lefties even though less than half his at-bats have come against them. This is a reverse of his 2008 season, in which he finished the year with a .246 average but batted .337 against lefties while he struggled mightily against right-handers.
\r\n
\r\nPatience at the plate will help Sierra become more effective against lefties as the season moves on but he still wants to keep his aggression that has helped him become so successful.
\r\n
\r\n\"I want to stay more focused and be more aggressive at the plate, while being more patient for the right pitch,\" said Sierra.
\r\n
\r\nEven though Sierra might sound serious, when he's on the field he seems to be playing as loose as possible.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's like a kid out there,\" said Fasano. \"He just wants to play.\"
\r\n
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