Washington Nationals: Organization Sending Message That Tyler Moore Is Coming

Ryan C. SmithContributor IIIApril 15, 2012

With a lot of talk surrounding the Nationals both on the big league and minor league levels, there strangely isn't much spotlight left for 25-year-old 1B Tyler Moore, who is playing with the team's AAA farm club.

Rumor is he can hit and is on fire, but I'll let you decide. Tyler Moore is hitting .297 with 5 HR, 11 RBI and a 1.102 OPS in his first ten games for the Syracuse Chiefs and has hit 31 HR in each of the last two minor league seasons at both Advance A Potomac and AA Harrisburg. 

While Tyler is a 1B, Byron Kerr of MASN reported that the slugging 1B will start to see playing time in LF. Moore isn't considered to be even an average defender at 1B, but if he can show an adequate feel for the position and continue to hit at even a sizable fraction of his current rate, the trio of DeRosa, Nady and Bernadina should be on notice. The trio is hitting .091, .214 and .143 respectively with each having had several starts in the OF already. 

Tyler Moore was drafted three times by the Nationals and is currently on the 40-man roster. Those two facts alone show that the organization is at least high on his bat. When you combine that with his track record over the last two or so seasons, and with Michael Morse out for at least two months, LF is clearly up for grabs in the meantime.

Also something to consider is the fact that Bryce Harper is struggling for the Chiefs, especially against LHP (3 for 18) and it would make him reaching DC before Morse's return being that much more unlikely. 

It should be interesting to watch and see what happens in LF for both the Nationals and Chiefs over the coming weeks.

If Tyler Moore can prove to be an average or better defender in LF for Syracuse and continue to hit at a solid clip, and the Nats LF platoon continues to stall, then DC might be ready to see one of the minor leagues most underrated and unnoticed sluggers get his first crack at becoming a Major League regular.

If his track record is an indicator, he could be just the thump that keeps the Nats in the driver's seat in the NL East in the early going.