#15 - Scott Moore

The Tigers over the past 15 years have had very little success with their first round draft picks, as only Tony Clark, Matt Anderson and Jeff Weaver have turned out to be productive major leaguers – and even those three haven't been world beaters. The Tigers hope their first round selection of 2002, IF Scott Moore, can help reverse that trend.

Scott Moore was selected by the Tigers as the 8th overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft out of Cypress High School in California. Moore was originally drafted as a Shortstop, but after average results in his first season, he was shifted to Third Base. Moore is still very young, but hasn't definitely quite as nicely as the Tigers had hoped.

Moore's first full season in the Tiger farm system was definitely a forgettable one. Moore made the switch from Shortstop to Third Base and struggled with the transition. Besides poor defense, Moore struggled at the plate as well. His average was only .239, and his OPS was well below .700 – not a promising sign. The power that many projected Moore to have wasn't evident (6 HR's, 16 2B's), and many felt he looked overmatched at the low-A level.

Out of high school, Moore projected to be a solid hitter that could hit for average and power while providing respectable defense. His defense is definitely a concern – and if he struggles again at Third Base, a move to the Outfield might be in store. If Moore can return to his form in 2002, he projects to be a solid hitter at the front end of a lineup.

Moore didn't impress in 2003, and because of this the Tigers may decide to have him repeat low-A ball as opposed to moving him on to high-A Lakeland (especially with top prospect 3B Kody Kirkland looking like he's capable of making the jump from short season-A to high-A). Moore needs to get his stroke back, and if the Tigers feel he might be pressing too much, they might hold him out of play altogether and have him work in extended Spring Training and play the year in short season A-ball.

Moore entered last season as one of the Tigers top 5 prospects – another year like last season and he'll probably fall off the radar screen completely. Moore has the talent, but he was a different player than the guy the Tigers drafted in 2002 – the sweet-swinging Shortstop with good pop in his bat. The Tigers have a lot invested so he'll be given plenty of opportunities, but Moore needs to start showing improvement before he can be considered in the Tigers long-term plans.

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