HT: 6-2 WT: 195 POS: 3B
Iowa Cubs- (103 G, 321 AB, .265/.373/.526)
Originally a first round pick by the Detroit Tigers in 2002, the 24 year old Scott Moore has played in 629 minor league games. After coming over to the Orioles via the Cubs in the Steve Trachsel deal last summer, he may be not need to add to that total.
Moore took a bit longer to develop than many premium draft picks, but it does appear that all the pieces have fallen together. He has slightly above-average power to all fields and works the count effectively. He'll probably never hit for a high average, but his overall production will be fine due to his secondary skills. He's had issues with breaking balls in the past, but has put most of that behind him.
Moore is much better against right-handers and faces the possibility of being platooned if he can't improve against southpaws. He's a solid-average runner who will likely not be a threat to steal bases at the highest level.
Moore was a shortstop in his professional debut, but quickly moved to third base. He's worked hard to cut down on his errors, though he is still occasionally inconsistent with his throws. He'll probably be close to an average third baseman in the majors.
Moore has also seen time at first base, left field, and even shortstop in fall ball. A career as a four-corners utility type is a a reasonable fall-back option.
Moore's skillset doesn't lend him to projections for all-star games or MVP awards, but he's a hell of a lot more valuable than Steve Trachsel. He is better than Melvin More right now and the situation at third base might be the ultimate test of the Orioles' commitment to rebuilding. His ideal role might be as the heavy side of a platoon, but he has a chance to grow into an average regular.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com