Sierra named All-Star starter for Suns


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Southern League announced that Jacksonville Suns outfielder Moises Sierra will be the starting right fielder and bat cleanup for the South Division All-Stars at the 2016 Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 21, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi.

Sierra was the only Sun out of Jacksonville’s league-high seven All-Stars that was selected to start the game, chosen by Mississippi Braves manager Luis Salazar, whom will manage the South Division All-Stars.

After hitting .280 in April, Sierra caught fire in May, hitting .361 with six homers and 13 RBI during the 22 games that month. Sierra is currently hitting .318 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. Sierra currently has the third best batting average in the league at .318. This is the third All-Star selection of Sierra’s career, after he was a Florida State League Midseason All-Star with the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2009, and an Eastern League Midseason All-Star with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2011. Sierra, 27, was signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent on Dec. 31, 2015, and he played parts of three seasons in the major leagues from 2012-14 with the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox.

Sierra will be joined by fellow Suns All-Stars pitchers Tyler Bremer, Austin Brice, and Jake Esch, outfielder Austin Dean plus utility infielder Peter Mooney and utility outfielder Yefri Perez as South Division All-Stars. The Suns have more representatives on the South Division roster than any club, and the seven Jacksonville All-Stars are the most of any Southern League club in 2016.

The 2016 All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday June 21 at Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves at 8:30 p.m.