Tigers Scouting Report #3: Steven Moya

Steven Moya has been floating on prospect lists for years due to his impressive size and raw power displays. Moya showed signs of putting things together in 2013 in Lakeland and continued to hit well in his spring training cameo with the big league club; is Moya finally ready to translate that potential into production?

Steven Moya

Vitals

Position: Outfielder


Date of Birth: 9/8/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6-6/230
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2008
Ranking History: #77 (2009), #48 (2010), #71 (2011), #25 (2012), #6 (2013), #3 (2014)

Background: One of the Tigers most impressive signings of the 2008 international period, Moya debuted with a .252 average and six home runs in his 2009 DSL debut. He followed that up with a .190 average in 40 GCL games in 2010, before jumping all the way to Low-A West Michigan in 2011. With the Whitecaps he hit just .204 but slugged 13 home runs and put himself squarely on the prospect map. He returned to West Michigan in 2012 and hit .288/.319/.481 in 59 games before undergoing Tommy John surgery. Once finally back on the field in 2013, Moya slugged 12 home runs and hit .255 in the High-A Florida State League before hitting well in spring training this year and jumping to Double-A Erie.

Performance:

2013 Stats - Hitting
TEAMABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Lakeland 365529319512551810660.255.296.433


Scouting Report

Body: Enormous; ridiculous; MLB body since the day he signed; chiseled his frame during rehab from TJ surgery; incredibly strong; shocking athlete for his size; incredible frame and strength.

Hit: Typical long-arm struggles; big holes on the inner half; has above-average raw bat speed; can shorten and get to the ball quickly, but that's not his game; feel for barrel is mediocre; lots of swing and miss; better pitch rec than you'd think; likes to swing at pitches near the zone and won't walk much; hitters can exploit him with spin and velocity inside; hit tool unlikely to play to average; will come up short; could limit utility of best tools; still a ways from hit tool maturation. Grade – Present 3/Future 4

Power: Incredible; some of the best raw power in the game; when his arms extend can drive balls to all fields with fantastic authority; power to pull side is stupid; swing has upper-cut to allow him to lift balls and drive majestic shots; even with below-average hit tool, power will play to at least plus to plus-plus level could still hit 25 home runs a year; power won't be supplemented by doubles or triples. Grade – 8/8

Speed: Long, slow strides; surprisingly quick for his size; chews up ground with long strides; speed plays better once underway; below-average down the line; can run to average levels over longer distances, including while playing outfield; no development likely. Grade – 4+/4+

Defense: Has gone from awkward to solid in RF; won't get to tons of balls in the gaps; can move well enough to cover some ground; comes in well on the ball; doesn't go back particularly well; reads the ball well either side; can play average RF with good athleticism; still needs to improve focus/consistency. Grade – 4+/5

Arm: Arm strength is back after TJ surgery; raw strength returns to plus; fits in RF; good carry and accuracy on throws; can be a deterrent to base runners; release gets a little slow at times. Grade – 5+/6

Other: Quiet, humble kid; very, very religious; good makeup; extremely hard worker on and off the field; wants desperately to play the game loves for a living.



Final Word

Summary: Power is the selling point here; off-the-charts raw power; could play to plus-plus with below-average hit development; could still play to plus without full development; hit tool development will control future; near average runner; can defend in RF but needs consistency; plus arm; developing feel for the game; excellent makeup; player that just keeps getting better.

Risk: High risk; Starting to adjust to Double-A pitchers; hit tool will limit utility of carrying tool; still could require multiple MiLB seasons.

Projection: Everyday RF ceiling that hits in the middle of a championship lineup; could come up short and be more of a platoon/bench bat that provides massive pop; needs two full MiLB seasons to complete development; could still take longer than that; likely arrival in 2015 but not permanent until sometime in 2016.

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