Colin Moran
Colin Moran
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Pittsburgh Pirates
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.
Sitting again Friday
3BPittsburgh Pirates
May 17, 2019
Moran will head to the bench for Friday's game against the Padres.
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With another lefty toeing the rubber for the opposition (Joey Lucchesi), Moran will take a seat for the second straight night. Jake Elmore draws the start at the hot corner and will bat seventh.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+157%
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 .543 81 7 1 3 0 .189 .259 .284
Since 2017vs Right .783 502 51 14 74 0 .287 .351 .433
2019vs Left .286 7 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
2019vs Right .736 99 6 3 16 0 .253 .333 .402
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
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .758 262 28 7 41 0 .279 .347 .410
Since 2017Away .743 321 30 8 36 0 .268 .330 .412
2019Home .713 47 5 2 7 0 .220 .298 .415
2019Away .697 59 1 1 9 0 .264 .339 .358
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.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
9.9%
 
K Rate
23.4%
 
BABIP
.282
 
ISO
.131
 
AVG
.232
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.364
 
OPS
.670
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Out vs. lefty
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May 16, 2019
Moran is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
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Sits vs. southpaw
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May 13, 2019
Moran is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.
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Plates two runs
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May 12, 2019
Moran went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk Sunday against the Cardinals.
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Records pinch-hit homer
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May 8, 2019
Moran went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit home run in a 9-6 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
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Sitting Wednesday
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May 8, 2019
Moran is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
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