Tigers' prospect Steven Moya has been highly touted here at TigsTown since way back in 2009 when our own Director of Scouting Mark Anderson first discussed his raw potential.
Most discussions about Moya begin with his mammoth size, and rightfully so. Listed at 6'6" and 230 pounds, Moya is easily a tad taller and heavier. In a nutshell, Steven Moya is a beast.
(Tigers prospect Steven Moya's walk off homer. Flying Tigers vs Bradenton Marauders 06.13.13)
Routinely praised for his calling-card 80-grade power, Moya has made great strides this season to showcase this potential on a more frequent basis. For example, over his last ten games, a span of 40 at-bats, Moya boasts an impressive .375/.432/.750 slash line. Moya has clubbed three home runs, one triple, and four doubles; and has driven in eleven during this recent hot streak.
(Tigers prospect Steven Moya drills an RBI double down the right field line. FSL: Flying Tigers vs Cubs Jackie Robinson Stadium 06.25.13)
There's no denying that certain facets of Moya's game still require polishing. Moya's walk ratio continues to hover around a disappointing, well below-average 4% clip and he's striking out in nearly 30% of his at-bats. Having the privilege of watch Moya on a semi-regular basis, it's easy to see that adjustments can and to a certain extent, have been made. Still, even in a perfect world, it's realistic to assume that all of that plus power will continue come with a price tag. In Moya's case, some swing and miss and extended slumps.
Despite missing a solid chunk of playing time after slipping in the outfield on opening day and separating his shoulder, Moya is back in the lineup, patrolling right field on a regular basis. In the field, more times than not, Moya takes good routes to the ball, fielding his position well. Moya appears to navigate well enough both laterally and forward. He routinely fields the ball cleanly and in an adequate amount of time. Despite being less than one year removed from Tommy John surgery, Moya's arm strength remains a legitimate plus tool in my humble opinion.
Overall, there's obviously work to be done, but Moya appears to be a solid corner outfielder and a legit prospect with a raw power bat. Some pundits and naysayers will scoff at some of the disturbing patterns in Moya's body of work. Moya's makeup and work ethic is off the charts though. Steven Moya is a horse I'd be willing to bet on.
James Chipman is the Lakeland Correspondent for TigsTown. Be sure to follow him on twitter @JAYRC_TigsTown.