After a big league rookie campaign that solidified him as one of the Washington Nationals‘ top young talents, outfielder Tyler Moore is heading back to the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate Syracuse after a dismal start to his 2013 season.
The Nationals have always had a love affair with the outfielder. He was selected by the D.C. franchise in the 41st round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Northwest Rankin High School (Flowood, MS.), again in the 33rd round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Meridian College (Meridian, MS.), and then once more in the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS).
For this relationship, the third time was a charm and Moore was sent to Vermont to start off his trail to the big-leagues with the Class-A- affiliate. After a successful 2008 season, he was then sent up one level to Hagerstown where he continued to grow and hit .297 in one season there. Again, the Nationals promoted him up one more level to Class-A Advanced Potomac.
That was where Moore found his swing and began to make baseball experts take note of his ability.
In 2010 with Potomac, Moore smacked 31 home runs and knocked in 111 runs. Again, he was promoted up one more level to Double-A Harrisburg, where he nearly repeated that success with a 31-homer and 90-RBIs season with the Senators. Heading to the 2012 Nationals Spring Training, Moore and Harper were the two young guns that everyone was keeping an eye on.
Following Spring Training, the Nationals felt it best to give Moore a little more time in the minor league system and sent him to Triple-A Syracuse. 22-games, nine home runs, a slugging percentage of .653 and an injury later, Moore was called up to play for the Nationals. It came against the Los Angeles Dodgers and just one day after the MLB debut of Bryce Harper.
In 75 games for the Nationals last season, Moore hit 10 home runs and 29 RBIs, including what would eventually become the game-winning RBI in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He finished the season with a .263 batting average, .327 on-base percentage, and a .513 slugging percentage.
2013 brought with it a much different Tyler Moore for the Nationals. The sophomore slugger batted a measly .158 with a .274 slugging percentage. In 38 games, he hit just two home runs and 13 RBIs. His season only got worse when he was notified this morning that he was being sent back down to Syracuse.
The Nationals are confident that Moore will get things together with a little tender-loving care from the minor league system. Manager Davey Johnson told reports, “He’ll be back soon … He’s an outstanding player.”