Gabriel Moreno

Gabriel Moreno

24-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Every year, there is a player whose playoff exploits overshadow his regular season. In 380 regular season plate appearances, Moreno swatted seven homers. In 70 postseason trips to the dish, he clubbed four dingers. Perhaps the best approach is evaluating 2024 is combining the two, yielding 11 long balls in 450 plate appearances. In those 70 plate appearances, Moreno continued to hit a preponderance of ground balls, he just happened to drive a cluster of fly balls out of the yard. However, the high ground ball rate, combined with a nine-point jump to a 41.8 percent hard hit rate supports a high BABIP, which is Moreno's primary asset; a couple more homers is a bonus. He did strike out more last season, but his 19.7 percent mark was still below average, especially for a catcher. Moreno's pitch presentation is below average, but he's otherwise outstanding behind the plate, which should result in bell cow level of playing time. Moreno is in play for those favoring to pay for a solid catcher, just don't overpay for four playoff homers. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#154
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in March of 2024.
Three hits Tuesday
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 12, 2024
Moreno went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Both of Moreno's doubles were scorched off the bat at 106 MPH. The second one traveled 407 feet to center and would have gone out in 18 other ballparks. It was the second time this season that he's tallied at least three hits in a game and also his second time with multiple extra-base hits. The 24-year-old backstop now has five extra-base hits this month after tallying just eight over his first 46 games of the year. He's slashing .240/.314/.345 with two homers, 22 RBI, 20 runs and an 18:30 BB:K in 191 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
15
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
2
6
6
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .778 212 19 3 24 2 .311 .344 .434
Since 2022vs Right .691 435 44 7 55 4 .256 .331 .360
2024vs Left .601 73 6 0 8 0 .239 .288 .313
2024vs Right .701 121 14 2 14 0 .238 .339 .362
2023vs Left .898 116 10 3 13 2 .352 .371 .528
2023vs Right .678 264 23 4 37 4 .253 .326 .352
2022vs Left .725 23 3 0 3 0 .333 .391 .333
2022vs Right .736 50 7 1 4 0 .313 .340 .396
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .784 313 26 2 36 4 .321 .383 .401
Since 2022Away .661 334 37 8 43 2 .233 .290 .370
2024Home .745 88 8 1 12 0 .260 .375 .370
2024Away .597 106 12 1 10 0 .222 .274 .323
2023Home .795 194 17 1 20 4 .333 .381 .414
2023Away .697 186 16 6 30 2 .234 .296 .401
2022Home .819 31 1 0 4 0 .400 .419 .400
2022Away .668 42 9 1 3 0 .256 .310 .359
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Stat Review
How does Gabriel Moreno 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
15.5%
 
BABIP
.277
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.320
 
SLG
.343
 
OPS
.663
 
wOBA
.297
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.5%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
Expected BA
.236
 
Expected SLG
.358
 
Sprint Speed
22.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
51.0%
 
Line Drive %
14.7%
 
Fly Ball %
34.3%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Heavy workload coming
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 17, 2023
Manager Torey Lovullo said Sunday he plans to play Moreno "just about every day" for the final two weeks of the regular season, reports Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old has served as Arizona's primary backstop for most of the year and has delivered a .289/.339/.420 slash line during his first full season in the big leagues. The Diamondbacks are pushing for an NL Wild Card spot, so Moreno will see a significant workload during the closing stretch.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Not since Cristian Pache have we seen this big of a gulf between a player's ranking on real-life prospect lists and fantasy prospect lists. That's not to say Moreno will become fantasy irrelevant like Pache, but so much of his perceived real-life value is tied to his defense behind the plate. His hit tool is excellent, especially relative to other catching prospects, but Moreno has hit just 11 home runs in 99 minor-league games since the start of 2021 and his 24.9 Hard% in the minors last season is a middling mark. He did well in his first big-league stint as a 22-year-old, hitting .319 with a .274 xBA and 11.0 K% in 25 games, but he had just two extra-base hits. Prime Jonathan Lucroy - something like a .290 AVG and 15-to-20 HR - seems like a median outcome for his prime years and prime Buster Posey - say a .310 AVG and 20-to-25 HR - is a best-case scenario. Either one of those outcomes would be great for fantasy, and Moreno should have the immediate chance for everyday playing time after he was acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Blue Jays in December, though he could split starts with Carson Kelly early on.
Moreno was one of the top breakout prospects in the minors in 2021, even with a broken thumb limiting him to half a season. He had been internally labeled the team's catcher of the future entering the year, but even those highest on Moreno didn't expect him to hit .373/.441/.651 (192 wRC+) with eight home runs, a 9.7 BB% and a 15.2 K% in 32 games as a 21-year-old catcher at Double-A. He got bumped up to Triple-A for three games after returning from the thumb injury in September and then went to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .329/.410/.494 with a 13:13 K:BB in 100 PA. It's Moreno's special skill with the bat that will make him a big piece of Toronto's future, not necessarily his work behind the plate, although he is good enough to stick there. However, third base is currently a bigger hole for the Jays, and he started there twice in the AFL, leading to speculation that the hot corner may be his long-term home. His big-league ETA and short-term playing time outlook are difficult to peg, but it's possible he is up in the first few months. Moreno has an excellent command of the strike zone for a player his age, and he has the bat speed to hit 20-plus home runs with one of the best batting averages among catcher-eligible players.
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Rejoining lineup Sunday
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 9, 2024
Moreno (illness) is starting behind the plate and batting eighth Sunday at San Diego.
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Battling illness
CArizona Diamondbacks
Illness
June 8, 2024
Moreno was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to illness but will be available off the bench, Jesse Friedman of GoPHNX.com reports.
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Late scratch Saturday
CArizona Diamondbacks
Undisclosed
June 8, 2024
Moreno was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup prior to Saturday's game against the Padres.
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Clubs second homer
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 6, 2024
Moreno went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Padres.
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Resting Wednesday
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 5, 2024
Moreno is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.
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