Prospect Countdown #71 : Hutton Moyer

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #71 : Second Baseman, Hutton Moyer (photo : David Vito Winkworth)

Hutton Moyer, Second Baseman

HT : 5'11
WT : 175
DOB : April 30, 1993 (22), in Rancho Santa Fe, California
Throws : Right
Bats : Switch
School : Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
Acquired : Drafted in 7th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


Being the son of a former Major Leaguer can put a load of weight on someone's shoulders. Luckily for Hutton Moyer, his father let him take his own path in becoming a professional baseball player, and it's worked. The Los Angeles Angels took the son of 25-year MLB veteran, Jamie Moyer, in the seventh round of this past draft, and feel it will work wonders for them in the long haul, hoping to get many years out of the middle infielder.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Moyer has some nice tools to become a standout at second base, maybe the one that brings the most interest is his power. Moyer has some grip-it and rip-it to his swing, and has good bat speed from the left-side of the plate. If he can bring that power to the right-side, he could be a double digit power threat in the future as he continues to fill out.

Moyer took on the task of becoming a switch-hitter while in high school, and there's still evidence he needs work from the left-side. Being natural from hitting on the right-side of the plate, there's more fluidity in his swing, and as mentioned above, you can see some grip and rip from the left-side. That does give Moyer some extended power, but also takes away from his contact abilities.

Moyer has a decent approach at the plate, showing some aggressive antics. He has a strong ability to crowd the plate, and sometimes takes the toll for it, getting tagged in the body. This was actually the result of a season-ending elbow injury in his professional debut year.

In the field, Moyer is far better than average. He has great instincts, and snaps at balls off the bat. He rarely makes mistakes with his glove, and his arm is nowhere near a liability, but doesn't have the force behind it to see a potential move to shortstop, despite his defensive abilities.

Moyer has good foot work in the field, and on the base paths. He's quick, but not fast. His initial burst of speed is his best, as acceleration is the key to his defensive work and base stealing abilities.

There's some possibility that if Moyer can gain arm strength, he could potentially make the move to shortstop or the outfield due to his defensive abilities and speed. However, in an era where radar guns flash speeds near the low to mid 80's, it's likely Moyer sticks at second base.

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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

A two-letter winner at Cathedral Catholic High School, Moyer combined to hit .350 as a prep player, and earned All-CIF honors his senior season. He followed his senior prep season with a strong freshman collegiate season, where he hit .258 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 16 RBI. Two of Moyer's home runs came in back-to-back games against Cal Poly and San Francisco, in a 10-game stretch to end the season where he hit .310. Moyer was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.

There was no sophomore slump for Moyer as Pepperdine, as he hit .306/.387/.444, scoring a team-high 52 runs and driving in 22. Moyer played all of the 61 games the Waves competed in, and led the team in triples with four, stolen bases with 15, and his 24 doubles were top for the team and seventh in the nation. Moyer earned All-WCC First-Team honors as a sophomore.

Moyer's final season at Pepperdine saw a .295/.413/.564 slash, 14 home runs, 45 RBI, 91 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, 15 stolen bases and 16 hit by pitches. Moyer led the West Coast Conference in RBI, runs scored and total bases (124), while reaching for the school record books, tying himself for eighth most in program history in home runs. Moyer collected three separate two-home run games, including his final collegiate regular season game, blasting a walk-off shot to right field. Moyer was named to an All-WCC First-Team selection, two WCC Player of the Week honors, and was a unanimous selection to the 2015 Fullerton NCAA All-Regional Team... oh yeah, he was also drafted by the Angels in the seventh round.

As a professional, Moyer struggled off the bat. He finished the season with rookie Orem, holding onto a .241/.323/.438 slash. Moyer did collect an extra-base hit every 9.13 at bats however, finishing the season with seven doubles, four triples and four home runs. 11 of Moyer's 15 extra-base hits came from the left-side of the plate, with three coming in the span of seven plate appearances. Moyer's season ended early with an elbow injury.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

It was never stated how serious Moyer's elbow injury was, but if he returns to the field 100% healthy in Spring Training, he should make the trek to Single-A. Despite the numbers not being great in rookie ball, he's shown he's advanced enough to go against more challenging pitchers. How he adjust to more polished off-speed work will be a true test to Moyer's development.

Moyer has a load of tools that could recommend he sees Major League time. He still has a lot of polishing to do though, but when all is said in done, we expect Moyer to be a bench piece of some kind at the highest level.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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