White Sox Sign Ruben Sierra…
Hold on a minute, Ruben Sierra? Is he still playing?
Of course the answer to that question is no.
The White Sox didn’t sign the 47-year-old Rangers Hall-of-Famer. They didn’t sign the slugger who appeared in 27 games for the Sox in 1998. They didn’t sign the guy who finished his career with 306 home runs. No, that guy was not signed in December.
Sierra, a four-time All-Star, last appeared in the Majors in 2006 for Minnesota and he is not coming out of retirement.
Nope, it’s not that Ruben Sierra. It is, however, his son:
Ruben Sierra Jr.
Sierra Jr. was rated by Baseball America as the #124 prospect entering the 2009 amateur draft. In the sixth round of the 2009 draft, at the age of 18, Sierra Jr. was selected by the Rangers, the same team his dad became a star with.
The younger Sierra made his Minor League debut in 2009 with the Arizona League Rangers. He hit .202 in 109 at-bats. A year later, Sierra played for both the Dominican Summer League Rangers and the Arizona League Rangers. He combined to hit .264 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 129 at-bats.
Sierra moved up the following season to Spokane and appeared in 50 games for the Indians. The San Juan, Puerto Rican native hit .256 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. On June 21 of that season, Sierra drove home a career-high five runs in a 15-7 win over Salem-Keizer. He finished the day 3-5 with a double and the five RBIs.
Before the start of the 2012 season, Sierra was released by the Texas Rangers (March 28, 2012) and found himself without a team. Two months later, on May 14, 2012, Sierra was signed by the Normal Cornbelters of the Independent Frontier League. He appeared in just seven games, however, before being released on May 27.
Now, Sierra will get a chance to prove himself in the White Sox organization. At just 21 years old, and the son of a former Major League star, Sierra Jr. still has a bright future ahead of him. Stay tuned…