Solid, prototypical third base frame; tall with room to add weight and strength.
4/28/14, 4/29/14, 5/7/14
Jupiter Hammerheads (High A, Marlins)
Looks disinterested on the field. Terrible body language, especially after making an out. Moves with no urgency.
45, second-division regular
Good bat-to-ball skills and above-average bat speed give him a natural leg up on most players. Quiet, traditional left-handed stance. Hands have plus natural ability to put the barrel on the ball but disconnect from his body too much; swing is too much arms and wrists. Feels for ball instead of driving it, especially on outer half. Does not use lower half enough. Despite natural ability, can get beat inside. Gets jammed a lot. Looked very uncomfortable against same-side pitching. Player is much further from hit tool ceiling than I had expected given his background.
Does not drive the ball well. Needs to add strength, but any additional power will come from change in approach. Currently has doubles power but ball does not carry. Has enough power to get into the gaps. Disconnect in weight transfer and swing limits power.
Below-average runner, speed not a factor.
Adequate defender; makes plays he can get to. Soft hands. Should be able to stick at third base but defense is not an asset there.
Arm is not a weapon, but he has enough to make all the throws from third base.
The one tool that is supposed to carry Moran - the hit tool - did not impress me over a three game stretch. He failed to put together quality at-bats, often making weak contact and swinging at pitcher's pitches. His approach does not lend itself to much power, so unless he adds significant strength, I don't see him becoming a home run threat. While he has no glaring weaknesses, none of his tools stand out. Couple that with what appeared to be a general disinterest in the game taking place around him and I came away feeling very underwhelmed with the player.