Colin Moran
Colin Moran
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Heads to bench
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September 24, 2018
Moran is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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As per usual, Moran will hit the bench with a southpaw in Cole Hamels starting for the opposition. With the Cubs expected to send three more lefties to the mound over the next three games, Moran may continue to sit. Jose Osuna gets the start at third base in this one.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .557 70 7 1 3 0 .190 .271 .286
Since 2016vs Right .755 411 43 10 56 0 .282 .341 .415
2018vs Left .486 65 6 0 1 0 .172 .262 .224
2018vs Right .775 379 40 10 53 0 .291 .348 .426
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
2016vs Left .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016vs Right .374 25 1 0 2 0 .130 .200 .174
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+452%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .722 222 23 5 33 0 .272 .338 .385
Since 2016Away .729 259 27 6 26 0 .266 .324 .405
2018Home .752 212 23 5 33 0 .285 .349 .403
2018Away .715 232 23 5 21 0 .264 .323 .392
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 1.235 12 3 1 3 0 .364 .417 .818
2016Home .100 10 0 0 0 0 .000 .100 .000
2016Away .552 15 1 0 2 0 .214 .267 .286
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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
0.47
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
17.6%
 
BABIP
.318
 
ISO
.122
 
AVG
.277
 
OBP
.339
 
SLG
.399
 
OPS
.738
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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 again Sunday
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September 23, 2018
Moran will sit for the second straight game Sunday against the Brewers.
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On bench Saturday
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September 22, 2018
Moran is not in the lineup Saturday against Milwaukee.
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Produces in pinch Tuesday
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September 19, 2018
Moran delivered a pinch-hit homer against the Royals on Tuesday.
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Remains on bench
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September 18, 2018
Moran is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
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Hits bench for series opener
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September 17, 2018
Moran is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals.
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