As of this Spring Training, there is nothing for the Miami Marlins‘ 2013 MLB Draft first-round pick Colin Moran to prove. He is expected to be ready for the majors within the next two years or so. Heading into February, Moran needs to get used to the idea of owning the title, “Marlins third baseman.” He is the future for Miami, but there is absolutely no need to rush him.
Coming from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Moran was immediately sent to single-A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League. He spent all of his inaugural season with the Grasshoppers, getting a good amount of work in. He batted .299/.354/.442, as well as driving in 42 RBIs. Moran also got a chance to play in the Arizona Fall League to end a superb 2013.
In the fall, Moran batted just .230/.323/.264 with 10 RBIs, but also gained some seasoning from the veteran coaches in the league. He also got to hone his skills with the other talented young prospects in the league. He got a chance to play in the AFL Fall Stars game as well.
Scouting reports say that he has the potential to become a solid big-leaguer. Scouts do not foresee him tapping into any kind of unseen power, but he does have a better chance of being the Marlins’ everyday third baseman than Matt Dominguez did prior to him being traded to the Houston Astros.
Moran is a player to watch for in spring, but he will start the 2014 season off at the minor league level.