Top Prospect #28: OF Javon Moran

The Phillies need for speed drove their first three picks in the 2003 June Draft. Javon Moran was the last of those picks – which actually fell in the fifth round – but Moran has shown himself to be a solid pick that the Phillies believe will mature quickly. While Michael Bourn emerged as the real top pick of the draft and the early favorite, Tim Moss stumbled in his professional debut and Moran was simply consistent and came through with good reviews.

Javon Moran posted huge numbers in his final two seasons at Auburn. Over those seasons, he hit a combined .351 and stole 44 bases. On the basis of those two seasons and the development that scouts saw in his game, Moran's value climbed as the 2003 Draft neared. The Phillies, who didn't have picks in either of the first two rounds, focused on Tim Moss in the third round. From there, they went after Michael Bourn and hoped that Javon Moran would still be on the board when their spot in the fifth round came up.

 

Moran was there for the Phillies to pick and they wasted little time. In their eyes, they had won the trifecta, adding all three players that they were hoping to get. Tim Moss was supposed to be the main prize and the other two were both supposed to be solid players with well above average speed, who may need a little more work than Moss, but who would both project well. That's how things were supposed to be. As it turned out, Moss had a rough introduction to professional baseball. Michael Bourn was one of the more impressive players in the Phillies minor league system and he seemed to adjust very easily to the professional level.

 

Meanwhile, Javon Moran was steady. He found ways to get on base, looked comfortable at the plate and in the field and settled in with his teammates in Batavia. When all was said and done, the 20 year old – he turned 21 just after the season ended – hit .284 and stole 27 bases for the Muck Dogs. That's not to say there isn't some work to do. Moran was thrown out attempting to steal 11 times, giving him just a 71 percent stolen base percentage and the Phillies believe he can improve on those numbers. At Auburn, he averaged an 84 percent stolen base record. The Phillies believe Moran can also learn to draw a few more walks, which would help to boost his .326 OBP.

 

The Phillies are well pleased with Moran. The initial plan was to keep Bourn, Moss and Moran together throughout the minors, but that may have changed. Moss is likely to repeat a short-season in Batavia, Bourn should move on to Lakewood and it's not completely clear where Moran will wind up. The Phillies want to watch Moran this spring before making a definite decision, but the early plan is to keep him with Bourn at Lakewood.

 

Javon Moran's Statistics

 

Year / Team

HR

RBI

AVG

SB

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

BB

KO

2003 Batavia

(Rookie)

1

12

.284

27

60

250

73

31

9

3

16

32

Career Totals

1

12

.284

27

60

250

73

31

9

3

16

32


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