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Colin Moran

#18 | 1B/3B/DH | MarinersSEA
Tacoma Rainiers Tacoma Rainiers
Colin Moran
Name: Colin Richard Moran
Born: Oct 1, 1992 in Rye, NY
High School: Iona Prep HS, New Rochelle, N.Y.
College: North Carolina
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (6th overall) by the Miami Marlins in 2013 (signed for $3,516,500)
A few teams liked Moran as a high schooler out of Rye, N.Y., but his strong commitment and ties to North Carolina, as well as rough defense at third base, prompted him to go undrafted in 2010. The nephew of 1985 No. 1 overall pick B.J. Surhoff and younger brother of Mariners farmhand Brian Moran, he stepped into the middle of the Tar Heels' lineup in 2011 and was BA's Freshman of the Year. He missed part of his sophomore season with a broken hand after punching a wall but was healthy and productive in the Cape Cod League last summer. He's had his best season as a junior, entering May atop the Division I leaderboards in runs and RBIs. Moran combines outstanding control of the strike zone with size, strength and power. He covers the plate, lays off pitcher's pitches, has excellent hand-eye coordination and drives the ball to all parts of the ballpark. Scouts consider his hitting ability more advanced than his power, and he projects to have profile plus power for third base. He has improved greatly with the glove. His good hands play both in the field and at the plate, and he combines plus arm strength with accuracy. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder's biggest weakness is his below-average speed, but most scouts still consider him athletic enough to stay at third. Most also expect him to come off the board in the first 10 picks.
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