The Dodgers continue to focus on building long-term with investments in the Cuban market so as to add as much young talent as possible without having to give up assets beyond money.

Their latest example: Cuban right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra, and yes, that’s spelled correctly.


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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the report:

It’s still relatively unknown when he might be able to make an appearance on the major league roster, but the talent is most definitely there, as evidenced by an impressive outing back in October in which he retired each of the nine batters he faced. He did so under pressure, as roughly 350 scouts and team officials were there to catch the game.

During the game, Sierra hit upwards of 96 with his fastball, got one batter to strike out on a slider and showed a low 80s changeup in-between innings.

At this point, the Dodgers have as many as seven solid-to-elite pitching prospects who can come up and make an impact this year. If that isn’t their preferred outcome for all those guys, they have any number of prospects who can be used in a major trade, which is always possible as Andrew Friedman tends to be so aggressive when he thinks he can find value.

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5 Responses

  1. Blue58

    This guy had an ERA over 4.00 and a WHIP above 1.4 in the Cuban league. Not promising numbers. Those stats, and his 96-mph fastball, suggest he may be headed for the bullpen, where he may get by with a faster ball and slider only.

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  2. falc61881

    Blue58 You could be right, but that wouldn’t really be a bad thing.  I mean, at this point, if things work out well we’d have Kershaw, Wood, Ryu, Kazmir, Maeda, Anderson as starters, with McCarthy when he’s ready, Urias & Montas likely to be called up.  We need more help in the pen than in the rotation, and if he can get the job done its a good deal.  Could also be used as trade bait kinda like we did with Olivera to get Peraza & Wood.

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  3. Blue58

    falc61881 Blue58 The  L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers plan to make Sierra a starter. His last season in Cuba he was in the bullpen and his ERA was more than 6. That’s not a misprint. ESPN is reporting that other GMs are laughing at the “absurdity” of this contract. Time will tell, but so far this front office has a very low batting average when it comes to bringing in major leaguers.

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