|No. 12 — Andrew Moore, RHP |
|Acquired: CBB Round, 2015 Draft — Oregon State |
Moore is a short right-hander who throws over the top and showed an inconsistent fringe-average breaking ball to go with average velocity and an above-average changeup. So why did the Mariners draft him so high?
Even if they’d have waited a round or two, the above description warrants rounds 7-10. Thing is, that’s the Scouting Bureau’s take, which happens to fail to dive deeper than the surface. Yes, he’s 5-foot-11. Yes, he throws from a high arm slot. Yes, he throws a curveball and a changeup.
But I saw Moore sit 90-93 for six innings, touching 93 three times on pitches 95, 96 and 99, and while the curveball was a bit soft, there’s a more firm version of it in Moore’s arsenal. The changeup splits time between average and plus grades and perhaps most important of all, Moore is a fierce worker with mound presence and game intelligence.
Moore’s more likely to succeed than many others with better measurables and present stuff because of how he trains and what he’s training to do, which is get better at pitching, not put on 20 pounds of muscle to look better in a damned tank top.
Moore is likely to start 2016 at Class-A Clinton, but could make quick work of the Midwest League and ship off to Bakersfield for a more worthy challenge. His command, feel for his pitches and the game around him will serve him well as he moves through the system. A ceiling of a No. 4 starter and the floor of a swing man doesn’t sound all that great, but Moore’s probability factor ranks as high as any player in the organization.