Monday, April 11, 2005

Matt Moses Report

Matt Moses, 3B, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 21st Overall, 2003 Draft, HS, Richmond, VA
Bats L/Throws R
20 YO, 6'1", 210 lbs

Moses was seen as a potential impact bat when the Twins drafted him in the first round 2 years ago. He is off to a fast start this year in the Florida State League, after a lost 2004, where he missed a lot of time because of a back injury and didn't hit at all when he did play.

2004 Quad Cities: .223/.304/.366, 7 2B, 3 HR, 12 BB, 25 K, 112 AB
mL Career: .282/.345/.412, 12 2B, 3 HR, 17 BB, 34 K, 177 AB

I'm willing to buy into the assertion that the main reason he struggled so badly last year was the injury and when healthy, he should beat pitchers into a bloody pulp. On the other hand, the idea of a 20 year old with re-occurring back problems makes me pretty nervous too. I've fallen in love with injury prone prospects before and most of them have broken my heart. For now, I'll keep my enthusiasm in check. He's a very high risk/high reward player. He could grow up to be Eric Chavez, or he could stagnate and fade out of sight.

Defensively, Moses reminds me of Michael Cuddyer, who likewise was drafted as a shortstop and moved to third base, where he struggled with the conversion. The Twins are still saying that he'll just require some time to adjust. Can buy that explanation, but we need to see him carry through with it.

ETA: 2007/2008
3 Stars (a.k.a. default setting until we get better indicators)

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