Biographical

Portrait of Mitch Moreland

Mitch Moreland 1BRangers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
459 .251 16 54 56 1 .267 0.9
Birth Date9-6-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age29 years, 1 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.42010
0.22011
1.62012
1.22013
0.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 TEX 24 47 173 145 20 37 4 0 9 68 25 36 1 2 0 25 3 1 .255 .364 .469 .284 7.0 -3.3 0.4
2011 TEX 25 134 512 464 60 120 22 1 16 192 39 92 4 3 2 51 2 2 .259 .320 .414 .254 4.2 -1.9 0.2
2012 TEX 26 114 357 327 41 90 18 0 15 153 23 71 1 4 2 50 1 1 .275 .321 .468 .271 7.9 7.2 1.6
2013 TEX 27 147 518 462 60 107 24 1 23 202 45 117 3 8 0 60 0 0 .232 .299 .437 .269 7.5 3.4 1.2
2014 TEX 28 52 184 167 18 41 9 1 2 58 12 43 1 2 2 23 0 0 .246 .297 .347 .237 -2.9 -0.6 -0.4
Career49417441565199395773656731443591019620964.252.316.430.26323.64.63.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 SPO A- 27 118 .266 .259 .345 .392 .264 .317 107 0.8 3.6 -2.3 1.9 -1.0 -0.4 0.2 -0.4 0.2
2008 CLN A 123 533 .325 .256 .325 .378 .263 .349 99 36.5 15.5 -8.9 3.1 -3.5 41.5 4.6 41.7 4.6
2009 BAK A+ 43 197 .351 .262 .337 .392 .265 .368 98 18.6 5.6 -3.2 0.3 -0.0 19.8 2.1 19.8 2.1
2009 FRI AA 73 327 .276 .265 .336 .393 .248 .359 113 5.5 9.3 -4 -5.6 -3.3 11.6 0.6 11.6 0.6
2010 TEX MLB 47 173 .284 .260 .323 .410 .256 .275 111 4.2 4.8 -2.8 -3.3 -0.1 7.0 0.4 7.0 0.4
2010 OKL AAA 95 412 .286 .269 .340 .419 .262 .321 100 12.1 12.6 -5.1 3.5 -0.2 20.5 2.3 20.5 2.3
2011 TEX MLB 134 512 .254 .259 .320 .407 .263 .290 111 -2.8 13.8 -8 -1.9 0.2 4.2 0.2 4.2 0.2
2012 TEX MLB 114 357 .271 .258 .321 .416 .266 .306 104 4 9.8 -6 7.2 -1.9 7.9 1.6 7.9 1.6
2012 FRI AA 3 14 .299 .254 .327 .399 .278 .364 95 0.6 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 0.5 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2012 ROU AAA 2 6 .123 .243 .328 .396 .252 .250 88 -0.9 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2013 TEX MLB 147 518 .269 .254 .317 .400 .266 .255 100 4.4 13.6 -8.6 3.4 -2.1 7.5 1.2 7.5 1.2
2013 FRI AA 3 12 .449 .262 .318 .372 .252 .500 102 2.3 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2014 TEX MLB 52 184 .237 .256 .312 .397 .263 .315 103 -3.9 4.7 -2.9 -0.6 -0.9 -3.1 -0.4 -2.9 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 SPO A- 118 10 28 7 1 2 15 8 25 1 0 .259 .308 .398 .139 .266 -0.4 1.9 0.2
2008 CLN A 533 64 151 37 4 18 99 60 67 2 4 .324 .403 .536 .212 .325 41.7 3.1 4.6
2009 BAK A+ 197 34 58 19 0 8 26 21 26 1 0 .341 .426 .594 .253 .351 19.8 0.3 2.1
2009 FRI AA 327 51 98 19 3 8 59 23 42 1 1 .326 .375 .488 .163 .276 11.6 -5.6 0.6
2010 TEX MLB 173 20 37 4 0 9 25 25 36 3 1 .255 .364 .469 .214 .284 7.0 -3.3 0.4
2010 OKL AAA 412 52 102 29 2 12 65 47 63 2 1 .289 .375 .484 .195 .286 20.5 3.5 2.3
2011 TEX MLB 512 60 120 22 1 16 51 39 92 2 2 .259 .320 .414 .155 .254 4.2 -1.9 0.2
2012 ROU AAA 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .123 -0.9 0.0 -0.1
2012 TEX MLB 357 41 90 18 0 15 50 23 71 1 1 .275 .321 .468 .193 .271 7.9 7.2 1.6
2012 FRI AA 14 4 4 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .308 .357 .462 .154 .299 1.2 -0.1 0.1
2013 FRI AA 12 3 6 3 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 .449 2.7 -0.1 0.3
2013 TEX MLB 518 60 107 24 1 23 60 45 117 0 0 .232 .299 .437 .206 .269 7.5 3.4 1.2
2014 TEX MLB 184 18 41 9 1 2 23 12 43 0 0 .246 .297 .347 .102 .237 -2.9 -0.6 -0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 663 0.4887 0.4630 0.8143 0.6265 0.3068 0.9064 0.6346 0.1857
2011 1938 0.4881 0.4750 0.8087 0.6490 0.3085 0.8990 0.6275 0.1913
2012 1369 0.4858 0.4879 0.7706 0.6602 0.3239 0.8679 0.5833 0.2294
2013 2132 0.4695 0.4414 0.7588 0.6074 0.2944 0.8734 0.5495 0.2412
2014 740 0.4838 0.4702 0.7579 0.6648 0.2853 0.8739 0.5046 0.2421
Career68420.48140.46540.78060.63780.30450.88280.58170.2194

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-08 2014-09-29 60-DL 113 100 Left Ankle Surgery Os Trigonum and Ligament Reconstruction 2014-06-23
2014-03-18 2014-03-24 Camp 6 0 Left Abdomen Tightness Oblique - -
2013-06-06 2013-06-21 15-DL 15 15 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-03-10 2013-03-11 Camp 1 0 Right Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2012-08-14 2012-08-14 DTD 0 0 Left Contusion Foul Ball Big Toe - -
2012-06-20 2012-07-30 15-DL 40 31 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-14 2012-04-18 DTD 4 3 - Face Illness Abscessed Tooth - -
2011-11-30 2011-11-30 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Pisiform Fracture 2011-11-30 -
2009-08-14 2009-09-08 Minors 25 0 Foot Fracture Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TEX $
2014 TEX $2,650,000
2013 TEX $502,700
2012 TEX $491,100
2011 TEX $426,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,419,800
2011Current$2,650,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$4,069,800
4 yrTotal$4,069,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 67 dJay Franklin1 year/$2.65M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.65M (2014). Re-signed by Texas 2/15/14 (avoided arbitration, $3.25M-$2.025M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 475, 530 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.5027M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/18/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4911M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 3/1/12.
  • 1 year/$0.426M (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/22/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Texas 7/29/10.
  • Drafted by Texas 2007 (17-530) (Mississippi State).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 566 70 142 29 1 22 79 56 109 2 1 .283 .356 .476 .297 26.1 1B 0 2.9
80o 549 66 132 27 1 20 75 52 108 2 1 .271 .343 .456 .286 19.6 1B 0 2.2
70o 537 63 126 26 1 19 71 50 107 2 1 .263 .334 .443 .278 15.2 1B 0 1.7
60o 527 60 121 25 1 19 68 48 106 2 1 .256 .326 .431 .272 11.6 1B 0 1.3
50o 517 58 116 24 1 18 66 46 105 2 1 .250 .319 .420 .265 8.3 1B 0 0.9
40o 507 55 111 23 1 17 63 44 105 2 1 .243 .311 .409 .259 5.2 1B 0 0.6
30o 497 53 106 22 1 16 61 42 104 1 1 .237 .303 .398 .253 1.9 1B 0 0.2
20o 485 50 99 20 1 15 58 40 102 1 1 .229 .294 .384 .245 -1.7 1B 0 -0.1
10o 468 46 93 19 1 14 54 37 101 1 1 .218 .281 .366 .234 -6.5 1B 0 -0.7
Weighted Mean5195811724118664610521.251.320.422.2678.91B 01.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 39% 4% 11% 93%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015293514675140134536731.244.322.421.2701.815.9-0.9-1.613.25.30.2
2016304496196190186048950.244.328.434.2752.320.7-1.1-2.114.98.90.3
201731509641082011762501110.240.317.404.2631.412.9-1.2-2.414.91.50.3
201832612771222402274621310.228.311.397.2591.110.0-1.4-2.914.9-0.70.4
2019334375286151144941970.221.299.372.2460.43.5-1.0-2.014.9-8.40.3
202034612751242312071581370.228.307.383.2520.75.9-1.4-2.914.9-4.80.4
202135637791292412174641370.229.312.385.2550.87.3-1.5-3.014.9-3.20.4
202236633771252312072631410.223.306.374.2490.43.7-1.5-3.014.9-6.70.4
202337611731202211969581340.221.301.370.2460.32.5-1.4-2.914.9-8.10.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
31.733.827.91710.95.3121.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 93 Ryan Garko 2009 .266
2 86 Adam Lind 2012 .256
3 84 Jason Kubel 2010 .255
4 84 Hank Blalock 2009 .251
5 83 Matt LaPorta 2013 .000 DNP
6 83 Jorge Cantu 2010 .254
7 82 Glenn Davis 1989 .312
8 82 Willy Aybar 2011 .000 DNP
9 82 Kent Hrbek 1988 .325
10 82 Jeremy Hermida 2012 .253
11 81 Kendrys Morales 2011 .000 DNP
12 81 Don Baylor 1977 .280
13 81 Dan Johnson 2008 .235
14 81 Michael Cuddyer 2007 .281
15 81 Kevin Youkilis 2007 .298
16 80 Travis Ishikawa 2012 .249
17 80 Chase Headley 2012 .320
18 80 Todd Helton 2002 .314
19 80 Keith Hernandez 1982 .293
20 80 Ben Francisco 2010 .268
21 80 Bob Horner 1986 .289
22 79 Oscar Gamble 1978 .300
23 79 Juan Rivera 2007 .234
24 79 Xavier Nady 2007 .266
25 79 Justin Morneau 2009 .294
26 79 Leon Durham 1986 .272
27 79 Ryan Shealy 2008 .316
28 79 Alex Gordon 2012 .285
29 79 Boog Powell 1970 .337
30 79 Chris Snyder 2009 .248
31 79 James Loney 2012 .221
32 79 Khalil Greene 2008 .226
33 78 Gaby Sanchez 2012 .218
34 78 Earl Torgeson 1952 .282
35 78 Chris Shelton 2008 .222
36 78 Adam LaRoche 2008 .287
37 78 Allen Craig 2013 .297
38 78 Craig Kusick 1977 .283
39 78 Chase Utley 2007 .321
40 78 Mike Diaz 1988 .235
41 78 Willie Aikens 1983 .308
42 78 David Murphy 2010 .280
43 78 John Milner 1978 .264
44 78 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2010 .242
45 77 David Ortiz 2004 .306
46 77 Mike Jacobs 2009 .237
47 77 Edwin Encarnacion 2011 .271
48 77 Mike Ivie 1981 .227
49 77 Alvin Davis 1989 .329
50 77 Jason Giambi 1999 .327
51 77 Brennan Boesch 2013 .273
52 77 Bobby Crosby 2008 .229
53 77 Nick Hundley 2012 .173
54 77 Wally Joyner 1990 .274
55 77 Casey McGehee 2011 .224
56 77 Alex Rios 2009 .240
57 77 Franklin Gutierrez 2011 .199
58 77 Greg Brock 1985 .287
59 77 Jayson Nix 2011 .203
60 77 Wilson Betemit 2010 .298
61 77 Hee-Seop Choi 2007 .000 DNP
62 77 Andre Thornton 1978 .320
63 77 Mitchell Page 1980 .270
64 77 Willie Upshaw 1985 .279
65 76 Travis Hafner 2005 .340
66 76 Gene Tenace 1975 .315
67 76 Ted Kluszewski 1953 .328
68 76 Don Mincher 1966 .278
69 76 Jed Lowrie 2012 .283
70 76 Austin Kearns 2008 .230
71 76 Ian Stewart 2013 .000 DNP
72 76 Seth Smith 2011 .281
73 76 Chad Tracy 2008 .242
74 76 Norm Siebern 1962 .322
75 76 Ryan Doumit 2009 .244
76 76 Curtis Granderson 2009 .267
77 76 John Mayberry 1977 .256
78 76 Angel Pagan 2010 .287
79 76 Mark Teahen 2010 .237
80 76 Stephen Drew 2011 .262
81 76 Billy Williams 1966 .297
82 76 Rafael Palmeiro 1993 .313
83 76 Moises Alou 1995 .280
84 76 Lee Mazzilli 1983 .261
85 76 Brad Hawpe 2007 .295
86 76 Nick Johnson 2007 .000 DNP
87 76 Carlos Quentin 2011 .297
88 76 Jhonny Peralta 2010 .253
89 75 Jim Ray Hart 1970 .291
90 75 Tino Martinez 1996 .276
91 75 Greg Walker 1988 .250
92 75 Corey Hart 2010 .307
93 75 Chris Iannetta 2011 .271
94 75 Garrett Atkins 2008 .262
95 75 Del Ennis 1953 .305
96 75 Adrian Beltre 2007 .274
97 75 Gordy Coleman 1963 .270
98 75 Reggie Smith 1973 .319
99 75 Richie Hebner 1976 .260
100 75 Sean Rodriguez 2013 .272

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .239 .295 .391 .240
11 vs R (Multi) .248 .313 .458 .274
18 Split (Multi) .008 .018 .067 .034
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .241 .297 .404 .244
31 vs R (2013) .227 .300 .452 .275
38 Split (2013) -.014 .004 .047 .031
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 If Kinsler shifts to first base this season, Moreland may slot into a super-sub role. A natural first baseman, Moreland could see increased time in right field and as a designated hitter. When he reached the major leagues in 2010, his patience and ability to use all fields led to immediate success. Over the last two seasons, however, he has sacrificed that for a more pull-happy approach. This hasn't significantly increased his power but has sapped his on-base ability, as teams began employing a lefty overshift against him. He's squarely a second-division starter, though there is room for improvement if he makes the necessary adjustments.
2012 Ever since he was drafted in the 17th round in the 2007 draft, Mitch Moreland has defied expectations and played above the level suggested by his physical tools. In 2011, the realities of his skills finally settled in, as the husky slugger failed to slug his way into long-term job security. First base in the American League demands that the bat [read: offensive production] stand in the spotlight, but unfortunately for Moreland, the lefty’s bat wasn’t ready for the bright lights. His second half collapse left his season line looking more like an average second-division platoon player than someone capable of providing value at the position.
2011 A 17th-round pick in 2007, Moreland was labeled a guy with good power potential coming out of college, but suffered from perceptible holes in the inner half of his swing that seemed to make him more of an organizational player than a legit prospect. In fact, some saw the stocky left-hander as better-suited for the mound work in which he had dabbled while at Mississippi State. Moreland ended the positional debate after the 2008 season when he put up a 936 OPS in the pitcher-friendly Midwest league. Since then, he has climbed the professional ladder, defying expectations along the way and finally emerging as the Rangers’ starting first baseman in late July. Moreland isn’t a toolsy player, and he lacks defensive value, but his sound approach at the plate, quick hands, and good raw power give him a chance to defy those initial expectations even further and become a solid regular at the major-league level.
2010 When the Rangers made Moreland a 17th-round pick in 2007, their initial intention was to convert him to the mound due to his strong arm. Moreland resisted the move, convinced he could cut it offensively, and the Rangers acquiesced. Moreland got a chance to hit, and hasn't stopped, with a career .321/.387/.518 mark in his first 2 1/2 pro seasons. Nothing about his game is pretty, as he's a big, beefy guy with no tools other than the bat and the arm, but he's very close to getting a look in Texas, and it's now clear that he's definitely going to hit.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team mixed keeper league. Is it worth holding onto Hosmer? He's my only 1B and is KILLING me. Yonder Alonso, Matt Adams, James Loney, and Mitch Moreland are the only decent names on waivers? Would you take any of them over Hosmer or try to make a trade for someone better?
(kcasey1029 from Denver)
I'd prefer a trade since 1B is an elite offensive position, but in the meantime scoop Alonso to get some 1B production going. Hang onto Hosmer (unless he's part of the trade), but go and sit him for a bit. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)For the next five years, you have the option of Mitch Moreland or Justin Smoak at first base. Probably not ideal either way, but go with me here. Which do you take? Do you believe in Smoak at all at this point?
(Steve from Yellowstone)
Moreland. He can actually make contact. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Daniel, any truth to the thought that Kinsler may move to 1B so Profar can play at 2B in Arlington? Do you think the Cardinals have a shot at Scutaro? Thanks!
(Chopper from Indy)
One at a time, Chopper!

Starting with Kinsler — that buzz surfaced yesterday, and it's an indication that the Rangers are considering every option to get Profar into their lineup if he earns that job out of spring training. Moving Kinsler to first is a bit tricky, because it leaves Mitch Moreland without a home and blocks Mike Olt, but either of those two could be traded to make it possible. So, yes, I'd say the thought is true, but it's probably not Plan A or B.

The Cardinals met with Scutaro yesterday, so they are certainly in the mix. However, Hank Schulman (a Giants beat writer for the SF Chronicle), tweeted earlier this morning that Scutaro will give the Giants an opportunity to beat any offer: http://sulia.com/channel/san-francisco-giants/f/4c2ca6e3-9ca0-4c48-80a2-6c7e9db46040/?source=twitter (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Early speculation on some overvalued and undervalued players for next spring?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
As much as I hate to say it, Mike Trout may well be overrated next year. I imagine there'll be some talk of him as number-one overall. In deep leagues, Josh Hamilton probably. Pitchers: Cueto, Miley, Harrison. Underrated, hmm, maybe Rajai Davis, Felix Doubront, Marco Estrada, Alex Cobb, and Mitch Moreland (again) (Derek Carty)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Either, Neither, or Both: B. Hawpe / C. Jackson make an impact for Rangers this year?
(Oh Snap from A Mountain)
Jackson has hit .232/.312/.323 over the past three seasons. Any impact he made will be classified as "dead cat bounce." Hawpe hit .239/.324/.389 over the past two seasons, but part of that was in Petco, and he always had more power than Jackson, but I'd be hard-pressed to call his potential contribution "impact" even if he does well, barring significant injuries to either Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, or Michael Young that would bring him significant playing time. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen wide ranging projections for Mitch Moreland. At the price I have him at, I can't go wrong keeping him but am having a hard time figuring what kind of a line to expect from him. Thoughts???
(LoyalRoyal from Home of Big House)
Shhhhh, this is just between you and me, but I like Moreland. My only concern is his wrist surgery potentially hampering his power a bit, but honestly, .260-.270 with 20-25 HR wouldn't surprise me in the least if he gets a full season. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league sneaky keeper shortlist... Someone who will significantly outperform last season's draft value who failed to do so last year...
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Mitch Moreland, assuming Prince doesn't wind up in Texas. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Love your stuff, and I'm very glad you've joined BP and the chats. Are you going to feature a Tater Trot tracker during the year that will focus on pitcher taters exclusively? Also, can you use your influence to give Mitch Moreland his grand slam back from yesterday?
(jhardman from Apex, NC by way of Arlington)
Thanks!

I will certainly do a pitchers-only Tater Trot Tracker at some point. I find pitcher home runs fascinating, and their trots are always so special. I also appreciate the fact that Yovani Gallardo is by far the best home run hitting pitcher currently playing (he had 4 of the 9 pitcher home runs in 2010, if I remember correctly).

The Moreland grand-slam-that-wasn't-meant-to-be is terrible. Even worse, the one highlight I've seen of it doesn't give the whole trot! (Larry Granillo)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Injuries are plaguing my team at the moment. - Joe Mauer - Pablo Sandoval - Andrew Bailey - And now Ike Davis Which first baseman do you think will have the most value in the short term? - Brett Wallace (who I picked up and can quickly drop) - Mitch Moreland - Eric Hosmer
(HonusCobb from Hopedale, IL)
I'll jump on the Eric Hosmer bandwagon here. He's made a pretty smooth transition to the major leagues and is also showing power. I like Wallace a lot, too, but he plays on a bad team, which cuts down on his RBI opportunities. (John Perrotto)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, what are your thoughts on Mitch Moreland and Matt LaPorta for 2011?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
I don't think either guy is ever going to become big home run hitters. They'll hit about 15 homers each and drive in a fair share of runs. They aren't premier first baseman but they are not complete zeros, either. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any good comps for Mitch Moreland? Or, if you dont like comps, what are his upside numbers?
(Josh from Texas)
I like his bat to be league average at first base, which is just about where he has been over his 239 plate appearances in the majors. He's off to a hot start in 2011, that's for sure. His 90th percentile projection might be a little low (that has him as basically average at first). (Marc Normandin)


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