Colin Moran
Colin Moran
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Pittsburgh Pirates
Out
Injury Hip
Est. Return 2/20/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Moran was OK in his debut season with the Bucs, but Pirates fans were left wondering, is that it? When Moran is a top piece you get back in exchange for Gerrit Cole, it's understandable to feel like you've been sold a bill of goods. Moran was a league-average hitter in his age-25 season. What he brought to the table in fantasy in terms of batting average was offset by an utter lack of category juice, with Moran managing just 11 homers and barely cracking 100 runs-plus-RBI in 465 plate appearances. He was heavily shielded from left-handed pitching and did little in his limited opportunities against southpaws to suggest he could be more than a platoon player down the road (.177/.261/.242). The power is always going to be light, especially relative to the position, and its made worse by the fact that he plays in PNC Park, a bottom-five park for home runs. He lost the job at third base to Jung Ho Kang in spring training, and this skill set is not worth speculating on in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2019.
Season over due to injury
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Hip
September 28, 2019
Moran (hip) will not play in Sunday's final game against Cincinnati, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh reports.
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He hasn't played since Tuesday. Erik Gonzalez continues to start in Moran's place. He finishes the 2019 season with a slash line of .277/.322/.429 with 13 homers and 80 RBI in 503 plate appearances. Moran is the front runner for the third base job heading into 2020, especially with the team keeping top prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes in the minors during September.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
1
51
42
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
7
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+57%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .630 152 13 3 14 0 .236 .276 .354
Since 2017vs Right .779 828 85 22 127 0 .286 .342 .437
2019vs Left .685 78 6 2 11 0 .273 .282 .403
2019vs Right .764 425 40 11 69 0 .278 .329 .434
2018vs Left .503 69 6 0 1 0 .177 .261 .242
2018vs Right .790 396 43 11 57 0 .295 .354 .436
2017vs Left 1.400 5 1 1 2 0 .400 .400 1.000
2017vs Right 1.095 7 2 0 1 0 .333 .429 .667
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .778 464 49 11 69 0 .289 .345 .433
Since 2017Away .735 516 49 14 72 0 .268 .320 .416
2019Home .786 249 26 6 35 0 .287 .333 .452
2019Away .718 254 20 7 45 0 .267 .311 .407
2018Home .768 215 23 5 34 0 .293 .358 .410
2018Away .729 250 26 6 24 0 .264 .324 .405
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 1.235 12 3 1 3 0 .364 .417 .818
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Stat Review
How does Colin Moran compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
6.0%
 
K Rate
23.3%
 
BABIP
.341
 
ISO
.152
 
AVG
.277
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.429
 
OPS
.751
 
wOBA
.326
 
Exit Velocity
88.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.6%
 
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In a cruel twist of fate, Moran was called up in late July and tallied a single, triple and home run in two games before suffering a concussion and facial fracture when he fouled a ball off the handle of his bat and into his left eye. The injury and subsequent surgery cost him a little over two months, but he was able to return in late September before being left off the playoff roster. Moran, who has always had an advanced hit tool, finally started tapping into impact power at Triple-A -- his .235 ISO topped his previous career best of .153. However, he was also 24 years old and repeating the level, so it may not have been true skills growth. He was traded to the Pirates as part of the return package for Gerrit Cole, which boosts his fantasy value, as he now profiles as the Pirates' answer at third base, at least over the next couple seasons. David Freese, who will be a free agent after the season, will represent Moran's primary competition for at-bats, but considering Pittsburgh is beginning a mini-rebuild, it would make sense if Moran started to get the bulk of the playing time as the season goes on.
Chosen with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Moran has put up solid yet unspectacular numbers throughout the minor leagues. He hit a snag last season as a 23-year-old in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, posting career-worst numbers in each of the triple-slash categories. His fantasy star is already dimmed by his makeup. Moran is a contact-oriented third baseman who may have to move off the hot corner due to defensive limitations and is likely to disappoint in the home run and stolen base categories, even if he does get back on a righteous path of development. His 10 homers, three steals and 126 games last year were all single-season highs in his minor league career despite a line that was disappointing overall. In a system rife with corner infield types who can mash, Moran appears to be hard-pressed to find playing time -- let alone make a fantasy impact -- in the near future.
Moran has underwhelmed since being drafted number-six overall in the 2013 draft by the Marlins, but he turned in his best season as a professional last season. In 96 games with Double-A Corpus Christi, the left-handed hitting third baseman hit .306/.381/.459 with nine home runs and 67 RBI with a career-best 10.3-percent walk rate. It was enough to earn the 23-year-old a promotion to Triple-A Fresno is September, which is where he'll begin his 2016 campaign. A call up to the majors seems out of reach this season, but a hot start with Fresno may warrant some consideration if the Astros lack infield depth due to injuries.
Moran, the sixth overall pick by the Marlins in the 2013 draft, was traded to the Astros at the deadline last season as part of the Jarred Cosart deal. Rather than send him to the California League, Houston felt Double-A would be a better challenge, and he responded by slashing .304/.350/.411 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 28 games with Corpus Christi. Moran's doesn't possess the raw power that you often see with top corner-infield prospects, and rival organizations have complained about his lack of energy and inconsistent approach to the game, but his upside compares to Matt Carpenter or Bill Mueller. A return to Double-A to open 2015 appears likely, with a promotion to Triple-A expected at some point during the season.
The Marlins selected Moran with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and saw glimpses of a strong future at the hot corner in his 42-game debut at Low-A Greensboro following a prolific career at the University of North Carolina. In his first 154 professional at-bats, Moran smacked four home runs and plated 23 RBI while batting .299/.354/.442. The lefty-swinging third baseman is the team's top position prospect, and while he does not posses the raw power of some other corner-infield prospects, Moran makes solid contact and projects to be an above average hitter as well as strong defender for Miami down the line.
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Sits as expected
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Hip
September 28, 2019
Moran (hip) remains out Saturday against Cincinnati.
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Not expected to play this weekend
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September 28, 2019
Pirates announcer Greg Brown said that Moran (hip) is "probably" out for the team's final two games of 2019, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh reports.
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Battling hip injury
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Hip
September 27, 2019
Moran is out of the lineup Friday due to a hip injury, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Remains on bench
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September 27, 2019
Moran is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.
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Out again Thursday
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September 26, 2019
Moran is not starting Thursday against the Cubs, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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