Sierra makes Dodgers spring training debut Cuban phenom may have set record for shortest spring training debut on record

It was short, it was sweet and it was to the point – and if you blinked, you probably missed it.

Buried in a Dodger fan-pleasing 13-0 rout of the hated San Francisco Giants last Friday night, 25-year-old Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra made his Dodgers major league spring training debut before a sold out Camelback Ranch crowd of 13,204. But for all of the hype, hoopla and excitement surrounding Sierra’s much anticipated debut, it lasted (maybe) two minutes and only five pitches.

Sierra's line was a (relatively) uneventful no runs, no hits, no walks and no strikeouts in his five-pitch, one-inning spring training major league debut. (Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

Sierra’s line was a (relatively) uneventful no runs, no hits, no walks and no strikeouts in his five-pitch, one-inning spring training major league debut. (Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

Poof. Just like that it was over. In fact, it was over so fast that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who was calling his one and only game at Camelback Ranch this spring, didn’t even have time to share some obscure but undoubtedly touching personal story about the young right-hander. A one-pitch line drive out to Dodgers prospect second baseman Adam Law, a one-pitch pop foul out to Dodgers prospect third baseman Drew Maggi and a three-pitch fly ball out to Dodgers right field prospect and fellow Cuban Yadir Drake.

Five pitches; three outs in less than two minutes.

Sierra wasn't the only historical even on Friday night. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully also made history by officially kicking of his 67th season as the voice of the Dodgers. Unfortunately for Dodger fans, it will be his last, as he is retiring after the 2016 season. (Photo credit - Jon SooHoo)

Sierra’s debut wasn’t the only historical event last Friday night. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully also made history by officially kicking of his 67th season as the voice of the Dodgers. Unfortunately for Dodger fans, it will be his last, as he is retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
(Photo credit – Jon SooHoo)

It’s certainly easy to argue that because Sierra entered Friday night’s game in the ninth inning, he faced only Giants minor leaguer hitters. But as every pitching coach in professional baseball will tell you, you’ve still got to make your pitches and throw strikes – and Sierra definitely did that.

Although the Dodgers signed Sierra to a six-year – $30 million contract on February 21, he already has five years of experience pitching in the Cuban National Series. However, he will undoubtedly begin the 2016 season in the minor leagues – probably first at extended spring training in Arizona and then perhaps Advanced Single-A Rancho Cucamonga – not because he isn’t capable of pitching at a higher level but because it will allow the Dodgers brass to monitor him closely due to his close proximity to Dodger Stadium. That being said, one has to believe that Sierra will move up quickly through the Dodgers farm system once he acclimates to the enormous lifestyle changes both on and off the field.

With Opening Day only three days away, there is a slight chance that Sierra might make an appearance in one of the three Freeway Series games which begins tonight at Dodger Stadium at 7:10 pm. Game-2 of the series – also at Dodger Stadium at 7:10 pm – will be tomorrow night, with the series finale on Saturday evening at 6:05 pm at Angel Stadium.

All three games will be aired live on SportsNet LA with Vin Scully on the call and on Fox Sports West with the Angels broadcast crew on the call. The games will also be carried on AM 570 LA Sports radio and KLAA 830 AM.

 

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5 Responses to “Sierra makes Dodgers spring training debut Cuban phenom may have set record for shortest spring training debut on record

  1. CruzinBlue says:

    Scully may be retiring after this year, but I believe he will be a regular, VIP attendee of Dodger games in 2017… IMO. Just a gut feeling I have.

    I very much look forward to seeing Yaisel Sierra pitching, at some point this season, with the Dodgers proper… not just the OKC version.

    • Ron Cervenka says:

      Vin has mentioned more than once that when he’s done, he’s done and probably won’t be back unless it’s for a special occasion.

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  3. Respect the Rivalry says:

    Put him in the rotation! At 45 pitches per game he won’t even get tired.

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