Farm Fresh: Sierra and Bellinger make 2016 debuts
By Cary Osborne
Two of the most prominent Dodger minor leaguers — prized Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra and Dodgers No. 5 prospect Cody Bellinger — made their season debuts on Saturday.
Sierra, the 24-year-old Cuban right-hander signed by the Dodgers on February 21, started for High-A Rancho Cucamonga and went four innings, allowing six hits, two walks and three earned runs while striking out seven. He threw 81 pitches, 47 for strikes.
Quakes P.R. director Mike Lindskog tells us Sierra topped out at 94 mph on his fastball and sat in the 90-92 range.
Sierra struck out the first batter he faced and had four Ks through the first two innings. But he also gave up four hits and three earned runs, including a two-run homer to Texas Rangers’ No. 10 prospect Josh Morgan. Sierra got out of the fourth inning striking out the final two batters he faced with runners on the corners.
Sierra had been in Arizona in Extended Spring Training.
Bellinger, the 20-year-old first baseman who had an impressive stay in Major League Spring Training, made his season debut for Double-A Tulsa after missing the first 20 games of the season with a strained hip. He went 2 for 4 with two singles.
Bellinger, who led the Dodger organization with 30 home runs in 2015, singled in his first at-bat and again in his third.