Friday, February 11, 2005

Scott Moore Report

Scott Moore, 3B, Chicago Cubs
Drafted 8th Overall, 2002 Draft, HS, Cypress, CA
Bats L/Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 180 lbs

Moore was one of three players the Cubs acquired from the Tigers for Kyle Farnsworth this week. He was seen as a premium hitter coming out of high school, but he's been a massive, 2.3 million dollar disaster.

2004 Lakeland (FSL): .223/.322/.384, 13 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 49 BB, 125 K, 391 AB
Career: .240/.327/.386, 35 2B, 12 3B, 24 HR, 100 BB, 266 K, 896 AB

The numbers speak for themselves. He doesn't make good contact. He doesn't drive the ball. He just isn't a good professional hitter. The only area where he shows some encouraging signs is in his walk rate, where was above average this season. He's also playing in a pretty advanced league for his age (he turned 21 in November), and the FSL, Midwest, and Gulf Coast leagues are all hard on hitters. Still, he has to improve dramatically in order to have any hopes of making it into the Major Leagues.

Defensively, Moore has made some progress. His transition from high school shortstop to minor league third baseman has been rough. He's only now getting the errors under control. He might still have to move to an outfield corner, where his bat would be even more exposed, but for now his throwing and reactions have improved to the point where team officials and scouts aren't ready to throw in that towel.

ETA: 2007? 2008? Depends on whether he makes progress or not.
1 1/2 Stars



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