- Full name Adam Ross Moore
- Born 05/08/1984 in Longview, TX
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Texas-Arlington
- Debut 09/17/2009
Drafted in the 6th round (171st overall) by the Seattle Mariners in 2006 (signed for $140,000).
View Draft ReportMoore has rebounded after missing all of 2005 at Nebraska after he tore the meniscus in his left knee just before the season started. After transferring to Texas-Arlington, he became the Mavericks' best hitter and led them to the Southland Conference tournament title. His power may have to carry him, as he grades out as slightly below-average in hitting, throwing and receiving.
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Considered more of a slugger coming out of Texas-Arlington, Moore has significantly polished his defensive game, working relentlessly with catching instructor Roger Hansen on improving his footwork and technique. That effort paid off when the Mariners traded Jeff Clement to the Pirates in July, clearly making Moore their catcher of the future. He got his first big league exposure in September. Moore has a balanced approach and compact, line-drive stroke, allowing him to make consistent contact and wait on offspeed pitches. He's strong and generates plus power for the catching position. Agile for his size, he has cleaned up his blocking and receiving to the point where he can now count them as assets. He has a plus arm and ranked second in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League by throwing out 31 percent of basestealers last year. Moore has no notable shortcomings, though like most catchers, he's a well below-average runner. Despite his minor league performance, he doesn't have premium bat speed. With natural leadership skills, Moore possesses all the tools to catch regularly in the big leagues. He logged a career-high 113 games behind the plate last season and stands first in line on Seattle's big league depth chart for 2010.
Moore tore the meniscus in his left knee while at Nebraska, missing the entire 2005 season before transferring to Texas-Arlington. He has been durable and one of Seattle's best minor league hitters since turning pro. After clubbing 22 homers and driving in 102 runs in 2007, he ranked sixth in batting (.316) and third in throwing out basestealers (36 percent) in the Southern League last season.With plus power, a solid arm and natural leadership skills, Moore has all the makings of a starting catcher at the big league level. A career .306 hitter, he has a short swing and good balance at the plate, allowing him to wait on offspeed stuff and to hit with power to all fields. He knows how to work counts and makes steady contact. Moore has improved his blocking and receiving, but some SL observers regarded him as a work in progress defensively, and his 23 passed balls ranked second in the league. A broken hand kept him from honing his defense in the Arizona Fall League. His speed is considerably below-average. Mariners catching instructor Roger Hansen has a strong track record in helping catchers develop--from Dan Wilson to Jeff Clement to Rob Johnson--and Moore could be his next breakthrough. His hand shouldn't hamper him in 2009, when he'll open the year at Triple-A Tacoma.
Moore missed the entire 2005 college season at Nebraska after tearing the meniscus in his left knee just before the season started. After transferring to Texas-Arlington, he became the Mavericks' best hitter and led them to the Southland Conference tournament title. Moore has come on strong since turning pro for $140,000, putting up 22 homers and 102 RBIs in 2007, taking full advantage of the favorable conditions at high Class A High Desert. In fact, above-average power is Moore's most pronounced tool, but he also impressed the Mariners with his leadership qualities and game-calling technique. At his best, he's a solid-average receiver and thrower, but his bat always will have to carry him. That should be no problem in terms of power production, but while Moore has good pitch recognition skills, he may lack the reflexes to hit for a high average. A sturdily-built 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he has enough arm to stick at catcher, but his footwork can get out of sync while blocking and throwing. He erased 32 percent of basestealers last season. Roving catching instructor Roger Hansen will focus on cleaning up Moore's footwork--as he has Jeff Clement's--as he moves to Double-A.
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Moore was an offense-first catcher whose power bat was supposed to carry him when the Mariners drafted him out of Texas-Arlington. He has hit at every level, but it's his defensive improvements that got him to the majors and give him a chance to be Seattle's starter in 2010. PCL observers praised his blocking and receiving, and he has become a sound fundamental catcher under the tutelage of Mariners catching instructor Roger Hansen. Moore has a plus arm behind the plate and ranked second in the league by throwing out 31 percent of basestealers. Moore's raw power is still there and he has shown he can hit to all fields. He has a short stroke and makes consistent contact, and though he's a well below-average runner, he still should hit for a solid average. "He stuck out for me in the way he went about his business," Reno manager Brett Butler said. "Very quiet at the plate. Had a good idea. You can't make a mistake with that guy."
Jeff Clement isn't the only promising offensive-minded catcher in the Mariners organization. Moore is a smart hitter with good balance and a short swing. He waits on pitches well, hits offspeed stuff with authority and drives the ball to all fields. He has solid power and makes reasonably consistent contact. Moore has made some strides behind the plate, though he still could improve his blocking and receiving. He has a good arm both in terms of strength and accuracy to go with a quick release, helping him throw out 35 percent of SL basestealers. A late broken hand kept him from continuing his breakthrough season in the Arizona Fall League.