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
RANKSFrom Preseason
Add To Watchlist
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2019.
Shifts to keystone Sunday
3BPittsburgh Pirates
April 21, 2019
Moran, who made his first major-league appearance at second base Sunday, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
ANALYSIS
He handled all of his chances flawlessly, making it possible the team deploys him at second base again. Starting second baseman Adam Frazier (back) appears on the verge of returning to the starting lineup, however, making it likely that Moran will shift back to a part-time player. Moran is slashing .273/.385/.515 with two homers and nine RBI in 33 at-bats.
Read More News
Batting Stats
Loading Batting Stats...
MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Batting Game Log...
Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
3
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+53%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
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 .531 79 7 1 3 0 .181 .253 .278
Since 2017vs Right .814 437 48 13 67 0 .297 .362 .452
2019vs Left .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right 1.048 34 3 2 9 0 .321 .441 .607
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
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .776 233 25 6 37 0 .287 .361 .416
Since 2017Away .764 283 30 8 33 0 .272 .332 .432
2019Home .889 18 2 1 3 0 .214 .389 .500
2019Away .907 21 1 1 6 0 .316 .381 .526
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
More Splits View More Split Stats
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
0.60
 
BB Rate
13.6%
 
K Rate
22.7%
 
BABIP
.346
 
ISO
.237
 
AVG
.289
 
OBP
.386
 
SLG
.526
 
OPS
.913
 
Advanced Batting Stats
Loading Advanced Batting Stats...
Additional Stats
Games By Position
Defensive Stats
Loading Games Played by Position...
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Upcoming Pitchers
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Pirates Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Colin Moran
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
16 days ago
Jan Levine surveys the free-agent landscape, including the Diamondbacks presenting a few prime add-ons at the plate and an analysis of the Brewers' bullpen battle.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Thursday Picks
19 days ago
Mike Barner suggests that a Braves stack, featuring Freddie Freeman, could be a wise play for a three-game Thursday slate where Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish will likely be highly owned.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
30 days ago
Jan Levine kicks off the 2019 NL FAAB festivities with a thorough look at possible options, including an intriguing battle for bullpen supremacy in Arizona.
Collette Calls: NL Central Bold Predictions
68 days ago
Jason Collette moves on to the NL Central for more bold predictions. Find out why he's not on the Willson Contreras bandwagon.
MLB Barometer: Undervalued Hitters
77 days ago
Derek VanRiper compares two sets of projections to the NFBC's January ADP in hopes of finding undervalued bats.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
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.
More Fantasy News
Second straight start
3BPittsburgh Pirates
April 14, 2019
Moran will start at third base and bat fifth Sunday against the Nationals.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Smashes go-ahead homer
3BPittsburgh Pirates
April 13, 2019
Moran went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit three-run homer in a 6-3 victory against the Nationals on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Posts three RBI
3BPittsburgh Pirates
April 1, 2019
Moran went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI in a 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Ticketed for reserve role
3BPittsburgh Pirates
March 18, 2019
General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Moran would open the season in a reserve role after Jung Ho Kang was named the team's starting third baseman, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Goes deep against Phillies
3BPittsburgh Pirates
March 14, 2019
Moran went 1-for-2 with a walk and three-run homer against Philadelphia on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.