Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 9/10/1995 (2016 Opening Day Age: 20)
Acquired: International Free Agent, 2013
Background: Signed by the Tigers as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Moreno debuted with the DSL Tigers that summer, posting a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings. After a strong debut, the Tigers quickly brought Moreno Stateside where he notched a 4.40 ERA in 14 appearances for the GCL Tigers, struggling with his control and walking 17 batters in just 28-2/3 innings. Promoted again for the 2015 season, Moreno pitched very well for short-season Connecticut before dominating down the stretch for Low-A West Michigan.
|Connecticut||SS-A||15||0||2||28||28||19 / 12||0||12||29||3.86||1.43||2-5|
|West Mich||A||5||0||1||9.1||3||0 / 0||0||3||9||0.00||0.64||0-0|
Body: Strong, physical build; likely taller and heavier than listed height/weight; room for additional strength as he approaches physical maturity; quality physical development to date.
Delivery/Mechanics: Inconsistent mechanics, though development was obvious throughout 2015 season; gaining confidence in delivery; works from pretty standard arm slot; explosive delivery that is high effort; plus arm speed but arm can still get behind rest of body during delivery; mechanical profile fits relief/short burst profile.
Fastball: Explosive, dominating offering; sits comfortably 94-96 mph in most outings; touched 99-100 mph during many outings last year; pitch has outstanding life, particularly down in the zone; jumps at hitters up in the zone; difficult to square; easily a plus-plus pitch long-term and potentially elite; additional strength and mechanical consistency likely to boost average velocity over next few years; could sit 97-98 and regularly touch higher at peak. Grade – Present 6+/Future 7
Curveball: High potential pitch; when thrown with conviction, pitch can flash above-average to plus at times; struggles with consistency; tight rotation flashes at times, leading to sharp downward break; offering has potential to miss bats against advanced hitters; needs refinement but can become very good complimentary pitch. Grade – 4+/5+
Control/Command: High effort delivery and mechanical inconsistency lead to trouble throwing strikes; control made positive strides in 2015, but still needs to come along; command lags behind and Moreno may never have ability to locate pitches to precise locations; ability to develop command will dictate progress toward ultimate ceiling.
Other: Aggressive, bulldog mentality; strong mentally and relishes attacking hitters with premium fastball; must develop ability to hold runners and field position.
Summary: Electric right-hander with premium arm speed and subsequent velocity; reaches triple digits consistently; CB still developing but has potential as second quality offering; control and command must develop; highly aggressive on the mound with attack mentality; potential high leverage reliever.
Risk: High risk; Limited profile outside of short-season ball; inherent volatility of low minors relievers.
Projection: Likely 2-3 years away developmentally in order to allow command and curveball to progress; with command improvement, Moreno has potential as a closer; without significant command development, could still profile as a 7th/8th inning reliever.