Sierra Joins Pham as Recognized Cards' OFs

Memphis’ Tommy Pham and Gulf Coast League Cardinals’ Magneuris Sierra receive top player honors from their respective leagues.

It has been a very good week so far for outfield prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

On Monday, Memphis Redbirds outfielder Tommy Pham was recognized as the Player of the Week by the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for the period of August 4-10.

On Tuesday, he was joined by Gulf Coast League Cardinals outfielder Magneuris Sierra, named the GCL Player of the Month for July, as selected by Minor League Baseball.

In the August top prospect rankings from The Cardinal Nation, Pham is number 19 in the system with Sierra coming in 32nd.

Sierra, previously named the Cardinals system-wide Player of the Month by both the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation in July, accomplished the following in his very first full month of official play in the US.

The left-handed hitter led the Gulf Coast League in slugging percentage (.598), hits (36), extra-base hits (10), batting average (.439), total bases (49), doubles (eight) and on-base percentage (.489). His 21 runs scored was third in the rookie-level league.

Across the entire Cardinals organization, the Dominican Republic native was the July leader in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage and of course, OPS, and tied for third in runs scored and stolen bases (nine).

Sierra, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 160 pounds, will not turn 19 years of age until next April.

Pham

In his ninth year in the organization, Pham is at the other end of the experience spectrum. A true minor league veteran, he signed out of a Las Vegas high school as a shortstop back in 2006 and has endured a number of injury-related setbacks to his promising career.

Already playing at a high level since May, Pham showed even more of what he can do when healthy and hitting on all cylinders in seven games last week.

During that time, the 26-year-old hit a Pacific Coast League-best .500 (14-for-28) with two home runs, seven RBI, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases in seven games. Pham walked five times and had a .750 slugging percentage with a 1.309 OPS hitting out of the leadoff spot. The outfielder collected a hit in every contest except one, recording four multi-hit games.

Pham became the first player in Memphis Redbirds history to compile four hits, four RBI and score four runs in a game. He followed that up with another record-breaker by becoming the first Redbirds player to notch back-to-back four-hit games.

On the season, Pham is batting .345 (91-for-264) in 84 games with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 46 runs scored and a team-best four triples and 13 stolen bases. After a rough start in April, the right-handed batter has been a different player since. From May 3 on, Pham's .377 (86-for-228) batting average is highest in the PCL.



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