Player: Colin Moran
Drafted by: Miami Marlins (No. 6 Overall)
DOB: 10/1/1992 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6’3”/215 lbs
School: North Carolina
Previously Drafted: N/A
Undrafted out of high school, Moran—who is the nephew of former major league outfielder B.J. Surhoff—emerged as a freshman All-American in 2011 at North Carolina and, as a result, earned a spot in the prestigious Cape Cod League where he batted .289.
The 6’3”, 215-pound left-handed hitter once again opened eyes by batting .365 as a sophomore despite playing roughly 25 fewer games than the previous season. Additionally, Moran saw his power numbers drop across the board with three home runs in 41 games.
However, he resuscitated his draft stock last summer in his second tour of the Cape by batting .314 against some of the top college arms in the country. More importantly, he’s built upon that success this spring by posting gaudy offensive numbers for the Tar Heels. Through 63 games this season, the 20-year-old is currently batting .351/.478/.560 with an insanely good 21/57 K/BB rate and has finally begun to showcase more of the consistent power (13 home runs) that all the scouts wanted to see.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Possesses arguably the most advanced bat and plate discipline in the 2013 draft class; physically strong left-handed hitter at 6’3”, 215 pounds; effortless and fluid swing but not visually pleasing; creates excellent plane with the bat head through zone; allows him to see the ball deep and drive it to all fields; knack for barreling the ball and making hard contact; outstanding and mature plate discipline should help his hit tool reach potential; deep load of the hands could make him susceptible to velocity at the next level; controls the strike zone better than any other amateur hitter; rarely expands the zone or chases; advanced pitch recognition will always result in lots of walks and a favorable on-base percentage.
Lacks the raw power and power frequency usually associated with a corner infielder of his size; has shown more pop this spring but still projects to be only slightly above average; most upper-body and hands swing; sturdy but not powerful lower half; some concern about his ability to hit with wood; could begin to tap into his raw power by driving more balls to the pull side.
Below-average runner; speed is more noticeable in the field than down the line or on the basepaths; smart baserunner; will be in greater danger of having to move from the position if he loses a step.
Defense at third base continues to polarize evaluators; moderate quickness and fringy speed give him average range at best; has good instincts but first step can be slow-ish; can get caught on his heels on occasion; always makes the play on anything within reach; showcases soft hands and reliable glove; smooth transfer and release.
Strongest defensive tool; helps compensate for lack of range; clean and quick arm stroke yields plus velocity across the infield; enough arm strength for a corner outfield spot if he’s forced off the hot corner; over-the-top release aids his accuracy.
MLB Player Comparison: Paul O’Neill
Projection: Everyday MLB third baseman; potential No. 2 hitter; “safe” draft pick with a high floor.
MLB ETA: Late 2015/Early 2016
Chances of Signing: 80%