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Non-roster invitee has contract picked up by Miami, will add depth off the bench.

Non-roster invitee Tyler Moore had his contract picked up by Miami, and will add depth off the bench

Tyler Moore made it.

A non-roster invitee to the Miami Marlins Spring Training facility in Jupiter, Florida, Moore has made the team’s opening day roster. The team announced it had picked up Moore’s contract on Sunday.

As Joe Frisaro wrote on MLB.com, Moore, who missed all of 2016 due to a left knee injury, is a right-handed-hitting option at first base to lefty-hitting Bour.

As expected, three players were placed on the 10-day disabled list -- third baseman Martin Prado (right hamstring strain), left-hander Jeff Locke (left shoulder tendinitis) and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (left oblique strain). All three have their dates set retroactively to March 30. The best-case scenario for Prado to be back is mid-April. Locke is expected to miss all of April, and when Despaigne is ready, he will be joining the rotation at Triple-A New Orleans.

"I feel good about this team, as far as the attitude, the work process," manager Don Mattingly said.

Once Prado returns to the team, Miami will have to decide where Moore fits, more than likely at Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins made the decision before Spring Training to go with 13 pitchers and 12 position players. The thought was a deeper bullpen would help the rotation, which does not have a true No. 1 starter.

A strength of the club is its bullpen, which will bring back All-Star closer A.J. Ramos. Brad Ziegler, Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps, Junichi Tazawa, Dustin McGowan, Jose Urena and Nick Wittgren round out one of the deepest 'pens the organization has ever had. Urena, McGowan and Wittgren are each multi-inning candidates. Ziegler and Phelps are options to close if Ramos is not available.

Since Prado is currently on the DL, Derek Dietrich will start at third base, with Moore replacing him on the bench.

Moore was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 16th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of the Mississippi State University. Moore was drafted two times previously, both by the Nationals.

He was assigned to Low-A Vermont that season, where he had a .200 batting average in 71 games with the club. He struck out 66 times, compared to only 13 walks. He only hit 6 home runs, despite the high K/BB ratio. He still earned a promotion for the next season, 2009, playing with Single-A Hagerstown. He played in 111 games with a .297 batting average, his highest to date.

He struck out an average of once a game, and had 87 RBI. His improved K/BB ratio earned him a promotion, this time to Double-A Harrisburg. 2010 was his breakout season, playing in 129 games with a .269 average. He didn't decrease his K/BB ratio, but he did hit 31 home runs as a response. He also had 111 RBI and an .873 OPS. This earned him the Nationals' 2010 Minor League Player of the Year.

He played 2011 with Triple-A Syracuse, where he hit .270 in 137 games. He had 31 home runs again, but his RBI total decreased, and his K/BB ratio increased.

Moore was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster on November 18, 2011.


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