Colin Moran
Colin Moran
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Moran reached a nice, round number in the RBI category (80), and that was about the only positive from his 2019 campaign. His K-rate shot up nearly six percentage points in his age-26 season, to 23.3%, while his walk rate fell from 8.4% to 6.0%. Despite that dip in skills, Moran didn't lose a point in batting average, though Statcast says he deserved to hit around .255 (.270 xBA in 2018). His defense was a negative, and when it was all said and done, Pittsburgh finished with the lowest cumulative fWAR at third base in all of the major leagues, and by a mile. We've now seen close to two full seasons from Moran and the numbers aren't befitting of an MLB regular. In the pipeline is Ke'Bryan Hayes, the organization's top prospect who happens to play third base. Moran should begin the year back at the hot corner for Pittsburgh, but expect Hayes to supplant him by June or July at the latest. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2020.
Day off Saturday
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August 8, 2020
Moran is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
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Moran sits for just the second time this season. He owns a lopsided but respectable .216/.259/.529 slash line with five homers through 13 games, though he's gone hitless in four of his last five contests. Phillip Evans and Erik Gonzalez will handle the infield corners while Josh Bell serves as the designated hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+57%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .606 163 14 3 15 0 .226 .264 .342
Since 2018vs Right .782 860 90 26 130 0 .284 .340 .442
2020vs Left .625 16 2 1 3 0 .188 .188 .438
2020vs Right .891 39 7 4 4 0 .250 .308 .583
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .775 490 53 13 72 0 .285 .341 .434
Since 2018Away .733 533 51 16 73 0 .265 .315 .418
2020Home .728 26 4 2 3 0 .208 .269 .458
2020Away .883 29 5 3 4 0 .250 .276 .607
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
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.5%
 
K Rate
29.1%
 
BABIP
.226
 
ISO
.308
 
AVG
.231
 
OBP
.273
 
SLG
.538
 
OPS
.811
 
wOBA
.349
 
Exit Velocity
85.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.8%
 
Barrels/PA
13.0%
 
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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.
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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Back against Minnesota
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August 4, 2020
Moran will play first base and bat cleanup Tuesday afternoon against the Twins.
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Takes seat Monday
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August 3, 2020
Moran is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
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Launches another homer
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August 1, 2020
Moran went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs.
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Two-hit effort Friday
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July 31, 2020
Moran went 2-for-4 with a home run in Friday's 6-3 loss against the Cubs.
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Socks two homers Monday
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July 27, 2020
Moran went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Monday's 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Brewers.
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