Bernie on the Scene: Final Fall League Profiles (Guys Who Can Play)

Bernie on the Scene: Final Fall League Profiles (Guys Who Can Play)

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

This will be my final Arizona Fall League prospect profile report. Next week, I will share my All Arizona Fall League team.

These final five prospects have made tremendous progress in the Fall League and are among some of the best prospects I have scouted in Arizona this fall. All Fall League statistics are from the final day of play before the Nov. 13 Fall Stars Game.

Gabriel Moreno, C, Toronto Blue Jays
5-11, 160 
Bats: Right
Age: 21
Moreno was an international free agent from Venezuela. The Blue Jays gave him a $25,000 bonus, which looks like it could be a steal.

Moreno is one of the best pure hitters I've seen in the Fall League and is the highest ranked player in the Blue Jays system. He played for three teams this past season, including Rookie, Double-A and Triple-A. He hit .367/.434/.426/.1.06 in 159 plate appearances. He hit eight homers and drove in 45.

So far this fall, Moreno is hitting a robust .361/442/.542/.984 with one home run and 18 RBIs in 82 plate appearances. He has walked 12 times and struck out 12 times.

What I like best about Moreno is his plate coverage. He can handle any pitch thrown his way with quick wrists and a very powerful lower half. I think Moreno is just beginning to get comfortable both on offense and on defense.

A solid catcher with good mechanics and a very strong arm, Moreno is better at blocking balls in the dirt than

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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