Max Moroff
Max Moroff
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Moroff was traded to Cleveland this winter as part of a minor deal. Moroff has had just over 200 plate appearances at the big-league level with very little production to show for it. He is accepting of his walks, but has struck out in one-third of his plate appearances in the major leagues. He had a high strikeout rate in the minors as well, but offset it with a high walk rate in Triple-A the past three seasons. He has some pop and some speed, but the chances of him becoming another Max Muncy are infinitesimal. He is out of minor-league options, so he will likely make the Opening Day roster, but Moroff is only draftable in the endgame of single-league formats that use on-base percentage over batting average. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in November of 2018.
Slaps three-run homer
2BCleveland Indians  AAA
February 27, 2019
Moroff went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the Mariners.
ANALYSIS
Moroff's three-run shot off Brandon Brennan in the bottom of the seventh inning put the Indians up for good. The 25-year-old, who came over from the Pirates in an offseason trade, is competing for a utility role during camp.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
+60%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .732 67 9 2 15 0 .228 .328 .404
Since 2017vs Right .584 140 17 4 15 0 .180 .281 .303
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .816 27 4 2 5 0 .240 .296 .520
2018vs Right .510 40 3 1 4 0 .147 .275 .235
2017vs Left .663 40 5 0 10 0 .219 .350 .313
2017vs Right .612 100 14 3 11 0 .193 .283 .330
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .687 119 17 5 17 0 .212 .303 .385
Since 2017Away .554 88 9 1 13 0 .173 .287 .267
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .633 46 4 2 6 0 .175 .283 .350
2018Away .654 21 3 1 3 0 .211 .286 .368
2017Home .721 73 13 3 11 0 .234 .315 .406
2017Away .520 67 6 0 10 0 .161 .288 .232
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Stat Review
How does Max Moroff 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
0.29
 
BB Rate
10.4%
 
K Rate
35.8%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.186
 
OBP
.284
 
SLG
.356
 
OPS
.640
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2017 was an interesting season for Moroff. The 24-year-old shuttled between Triple-A Indianapolis and the majors all season, which wasn't overly surprising. However, in just 51 games at Triple-A, the switch-hitter bashed a career-high 13 home runs en route to a .909 OPS and .265 ISO. Those power numbers didn't translate to Pittsburgh, but the patience came with him to the big leagues (11.4 percent walk rate). Unfortunately, so did the strikeouts (30.7 percent). His defensive versatility helps, but with better options at each infield position, Moroff's ceiling doesn't appear to be much higher in 2018. He seems to be entrenched in a utility role for the foreseeable future unless he can learn to make contact more consistently.
Moroff made his major league debut in 2016, striking out twice as a pinch hitter. The 23-year-old switch hitter played nearly the entire season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .230/.367/.349 in 520 plate appearances. He led the International League with 90 walks, but the batting average dip from .293 to .230 is troubling. Moroff has the ability to play second base, shortstop or third base, but he's behind Adam Frazier on the depth chart. He's never hit more than eight homers in the minors and he's not the most successful base thief -- he's swiped 62 bases in 108 career attempts -- but the Pirates are only grooming him for a potential utility role with a low ceiling.
Moroff landed on Pittsburgh’s prospect radar in 2015, compiling a slash line of .293/.374/.409 with seven homers and 51 RBI for Double-A Altoona. He played primarily second base, a potential area of need with the departure of keystone incumbent Neil Walker. Named the Pirates’ minor league player of the year, Moroff will likely start the season at Altoona with a potential midseason promotion to Triple-A Indy. The infielder batted .233 and .244 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, so fantasy owners will need to first make sure 2015 wasn’t an outlier season.
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Sent to Indians
2BCleveland Indians  AAA
November 14, 2018
The Pirates traded Moroff and Jordan Luplow to the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for Erik Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza.
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Optioned to Indianapolis
2BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
July 23, 2018
Moroff was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Lifts homer in second game of doubleheader
2BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
July 14, 2018
Moroff went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday during the Pirates' win in the second game of a doubleheader with the Brewers.
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Gets rare nod Wednesday
2BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
July 4, 2018
Moroff will make his seventh start of the season Wednesday, batting eighth while playing second base against the Dodgers.
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Expected to rejoin Pirates
2BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
June 29, 2018
Moroff will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Friday's game, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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