Moran Progressed Well In Reds Organization

The Phillies decided that Jeff Conine was expendable, even after he put up strong numbers with the club last season. Part of the reason why the Phillies dealt him to Cincinnati was to get Javon Moran back in the deal.

Players come and players go. With Pat Gillick, players seem to wind up back where they started. For instance, earlier this winter, he sent Gio Gonzalez back to the White Sox to get Freddy Garcia. Now, he brings back Javon Moran - who was traded away by Ed Wade - in a deal for Jeff Conine.

The Phillies used their 2003 draft picks to acquire speed. With no picks in the first two rounds - thanks to signing Jim Thome and David Bell - the Phillies selected Tim Moss, Michael Bourn and Javon Moran. The moves filled a need for speed and all three players were seen as similar type players. Moss started slowly primarily because of health issues, while Bourn and Moran put up very similar numbers at Batavia. The following season, the Phillies needed pitching and the Reds liked both outfielders, but leaned toward Moran and the end result was a deal to bring Cory Lidle to Philadelphia.

Bourn has progressed well and skipped over the High-A level to move directly from Lakewood to Reading for the 2005 season. He started 2006 back at Reading, but was moved to Triple-A and then to the majors later in the season. Moran has taken a slower path, splitting the last two seasons between High-A and Double-A ball.

Michael Bourn vs. Javon Moran
2004 through 2006

Michael Bourn HR RBI AVG G AB R H 2B 3B SB BB KO OBP
Low-A Totals 5 53 .317 109 413 92 131 20 14 57 85 88 .433
High-A Totals - - - - - - - - - - - - -
AA Totals 10 70 .270 215 862 142 233 23 14 68 99 190 .349
AAA Totals 1 15 .283 38 152 34 43 5 7 15 20 33 .368
Minor Lg Totals 16 138 .285 362 1427 268 407 48 35 140 204 311 .377
Javon Moran HR RBI AVG G AB R H 2B 3B SB BB KO OBP
Low-A Totals 2 14 .303 126 515 84 156 20 9 50 34 93 .360
High-A Totals 2 26 .336 63 253 40 85 6 2 17 16 37 .384
AA Totals 1 14 .315 86 333 48 105 16 4 23 16 47 .351
AAA Totals - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Minor Lg Totals 4 54 .314 285 1101 172 346 42 15 90 66 177 .363

With Moran back in the fold, the Phillies again have more speed in the organization and have three outfielders to look to in the near future (Bourn, Moran and Chris Roberson). As often happens, things will probably play out to a point where at least one of them will fall by the wayside or possibly be dealt elsewhere.

Scouting Report: Javon Moran has plenty of speed and uses it well. The problem is that he simply swings at too many pitches and doesn't work the count as much as he should. With some more discipline, his on-base percentage could climb, since he does make decent contact and doesn't strike out too much, especially compared to Bourn. The big difference in the two is that Bourn is much more likely to take a walk than Moran.

Ironically, the right-handed hitting Moran hit right-handed pitching at a far better clip in 2006 than he did left-handers (.341 vs. .279). He also showed signs of choking with runners on base and hit just .192 with runners in scoring position and just .256 with any runners on base while batting a lusty .356 with the bases empty.

Some plate discipline would go a long way to improving Moran's stock and the Phillies will likely stress that in the spring.


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