Scouting Twin Prospect #38: Caleb Moore

The Minnesota Twins selected Caleb Moore in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, selecting the former ETSU standout after he put together some of the better offensive numbers in the country. Moore starred on the mound as well as at the plate in college, but he has now moved to being a full-time catcher, and is the best catching prospect in the Twins farm system.

Vital Statistics:
Name:Caleb Moore
Position: Catcher
DOB: May 17, 1983
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Bats:: Right
Throws: Right

Caleb Moore played his college ball at East Tennessee State University, and ended his collegiate career as one of the best players to ever play for the Buccaneers. He set numerous records, excelled at the plate and on the mound, and received numerous awards throughout his four-year career. When he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 2005 June Draft, he was the second highest drafted Buccaneer in school history.

It was during his junior year at East Tennessee State that Moore became known on a national level. That season, the Knoxville native batted .455, and led the entire nation in batting average. For his efforts, he was named Southern Conference Player of the Year, and was named a Louisville Slugger Second team All-American.

Prior to his senior season at ETSU, Moore was named a Pre-season Louisville Slugger first-team All-American. He did not disappoint, and led the Southern Conference in home runs (15), runs batted in (73), and slugging percentage (.703). He finished the season sixth in the nation in runs batted in per game with 1.4, and had a batting average of .382.

Aside from being a stud at the plate, Moore also was the team's closer for his last two seasons. He set a school record with 18 saves, and finished his career with a 8-3 record in 46 appearances. After being drafted, the Twins decided his future would be behind the plate.

For his collegiate career, Moore left East Tennessee State as the career leader in many categories. He is the all-time leader in at-bats (718), hits (214), doubles (63), runs batted in (170), and saves (18).

After being drafted, Moore was assigned to Elizabethton of the Appalachian League, helping the Twins to the Apply League title. He finished second on the team with a .309 average, and committed only two errors behind the plate. He split time behind the dish with Sean Richardson, and was one of the better overall hitters in the Appalachian League.

During the 2006 season, Moore established himself as the best catching prospects in the Twins farm system. He began the season with the Beloit Snappers, amd after hitting .286 for the Twins Low-A affiliate, Moore was promoted to High-A Fort Myers. He may begin the season with the Miracle in 2007, but with the lack of depth in the Twins system at the catching spot, he could conceivably be with New Britain.

Batting and Power. If there is one major strength to Caleb Moore's game, it is his ability to hit a baseball. He was one of the best pure hitters in college baseball throughout the 2004, and 2005 seasons, and continued to hit when he made his professional debut. He batted .309 in his first season of professional baseball as a member of the Elizabethton Twins, and earned himself a promotion to High-A Fort Myers this past season due to his bat. He can hit to all fields, has the ability to hit for power, and can be an extra-base hit machine. Batting is one advantage he has above all of the catching prospects in the Twins' organization.

Base running and Speed. Moore is a catcher, and has never had great speed. But he is pretty quick, and actually stole two bases during the 2005 season. He did ground into eight double plays on the season, and was caught stealing twice in four attempts. No-one in the organization is expecting Moore to steal 15+ bases, but he does have baseball smarts, and will not make a mistake while running the bases.

Defense. Caleb Moore is a solid catcher, and won't make many mistakes behind the plate. Judging by the fact he actually closed games in college, he has a tremendous arm, and runners were well aware of that fact in 2005. He committed only two errors during the Appalachian League season, and posted a .993 fielding percentage. He had 12 assists, while leading the Appalachian League in fielding percentage.

ETA. 2008.Because he spent four-years in college, Moore is ahead of some of the other catching prospects within the organization. But, it is his ability to hit and field well that could progress him through the farm system at a rapid pace. Moore had a terrific sophomore season with the Twins in 2006, and set himself up for a possible two-jump year in 2007.As soon as Mike Redmond's contract is up, he should be the Twins future back-up for Joe Mauer.

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