Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training: 5 Bold Predictions

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Feb 27, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder

Moises Sierra

bats agaianst the Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training exhibition game at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit:

David Manning


Moises Sierra Will Win The Back-Up Outfielder Role

Perhaps this one isn’t as bold as it should be. The fact of the matter here is that now is put up or shut up time for Moises Sierra. A man out of options, Sierra has everything to lose by not laying claim to this spot and the Blue Jays are going to give him every opportunity to make the team. They’ve already shown that by batting him second against Cliff Lee on Thursday and also by giving him reps at first base as well.

If he hits like he did during his call-up in 2013, when he put up a .290/.369/.458 slash-line in 35 games and 122 plate appearances, Moises could find his way onto this team. However, to see extended time in the outfield, he’ll have to overcome some of the defensive lapses that have become his calling card.

Sierra will face stiff competition from Anthony Gose, as Gose gives the team more flexibility with his game-breaking speed and ability to man all three outfield spots (Sierra has no place in center field), but the Blue Jays have shown in the past that they are a slave to minor league options. With Sierra having none left, he’ll get the nod but it will come with a short leash.