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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
9 3797 .251 .318 .438 103 7.4
Birth Date9-6-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age33 years, 4 months, 12 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.42014
0.72015
0.62016
1.02017
1.02018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2010 TEX 24 47 173 37 4 0 9 25 36 1 3 1 .255 .364 .469 124 6.0 -0.1 -2.7 0.6
2011 TEX 25 134 512 120 22 1 16 39 92 4 2 2 .259 .320 .414 100 2.6 0.2 -2.2 0.7
2012 TEX 26 114 357 90 18 0 15 23 71 1 1 1 .275 .321 .468 110 6.4 -1.9 9.1 1.8
2013 TEX 27 147 518 107 24 1 23 45 117 3 0 0 .232 .299 .437 106 6.3 -2.1 3.3 1.4
2014 TEX 28 52 184 41 9 1 2 12 43 1 0 0 .246 .297 .347 79 -3.6 -0.9 -0.7 -0.4
2015 TEX 29 132 515 131 27 0 23 32 112 7 1 0 .278 .330 .482 115 11.1 -2.1 -7.9 0.7
2016 TEX 30 147 503 107 21 0 22 35 118 8 1 0 .233 .298 .422 96 -0.2 -3.0 3.8 0.6
2017 BOS 31 149 576 125 34 0 22 57 120 6 0 1 .246 .326 .443 98 1.0 -2.7 5.7 1.0
2018 BOS 32 124 459 99 23 4 15 50 102 0 2 0 .245 .325 .433 106 5.1 -2.5 2.4 1.0
Career10463797857182714731881131105.251.318.43810434.9-15.210.87.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 SPO A- 27 118 .259 .345 .392 .317 107 0.8 3.6 -2.3 95 2 0.6 -1.0 -0.6 0.0
2008 CLN A 123 533 .256 .325 .378 .349 99 36.5 15.5 -8.9 145 1 4.3 -3.5 32.1 4.1
2009 BAK A+ 43 197 .262 .337 .392 .368 98 18.6 5.6 -3.2 148 2 -1.0 0.0 10.9 1.3
2009 FRI AA 73 327 .265 .336 .393 .359 113 5.5 9.3 -4 118 1 1.8 -3.3 8.0 1.2
2010 TEX MLB 47 173 .260 .323 .410 .275 111 4.2 4.8 -2.8 124 19 -2.7 -0.1 6.0 0.6
2010 OKL AAA 95 412 .269 .340 .419 .321 100 12.1 12.6 -5.1 108 1 11.3 -0.2 6.8 2.4
2011 TEX MLB 134 512 .259 .320 .407 .290 111 -2.8 13.8 -8 100 14 -2.2 0.2 2.6 0.7
2012 TEX MLB 114 357 .258 .321 .416 .306 104 4 9.8 -6 110 19 9.1 -1.9 6.4 1.8
2012 FRI AA 3 14 .254 .327 .399 .364 95 0.6 0.4 -0.2 86 7 -0.1 0.5 -0.2 0.0
2012 ROU AAA 2 6 .243 .328 .396 .250 88 -0.9 0.2 -0.1 91 4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TEX MLB 147 518 .254 .317 .400 .255 100 4.4 13.6 -8.6 106 13 3.3 -2.1 6.3 1.4
2013 FRI AA 3 12 .262 .318 .372 .500 102 2.3 0.3 -0.2 104 5 -0.3 0.4 0.1 0.0
2014 TEX MLB 52 184 .256 .312 .397 .315 103 -4 4.7 -2.9 79 21 -0.7 -0.9 -3.6 -0.4
2015 TEX MLB 132 515 .254 .314 .407 .317 106 12.3 13.9 -8.7 115 13 -7.9 -2.1 11.1 0.7
2015 ROU AAA 4 17 .235 .320 .367 .000 79 -0.5 0.5 -0.3 108 4 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2016 TEX MLB 147 503 .258 .320 .423 .266 107 -8.5 14.2 -8.9 96 9 3.8 -3.0 -0.2 0.6
2017 BOS MLB 149 576 .251 .319 .421 .278 104 0 16.9 -10.7 98 17 5.7 -2.7 1.0 1.0
2018 BOS MLB 124 459 .248 .318 .414 .288 106 1.5 12.9 -8.1 106 16 2.4 -2.5 5.1 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 SPO A- 118 108 10 28 7 1 2 43 15 8 25 1 0 .259 .308 .398 .139 1 1
2008 CLN A 533 466 64 151 37 4 18 250 99 60 67 2 4 .324 .403 .536 .212 0 0
2009 BAK A+ 197 170 34 58 19 0 8 101 26 21 26 1 0 .341 .426 .594 .253 0 0
2009 FRI AA 327 301 51 98 19 3 8 147 59 23 42 1 1 .326 .375 .488 .163 0 0
2010 OKL AAA 412 353 52 102 29 2 12 171 65 47 63 2 1 .289 .375 .484 .195 2 2
2010 TEX MLB 173 145 20 37 4 0 9 68 25 25 36 3 1 .255 .364 .469 .214 2 0
2011 TEX MLB 512 464 60 120 22 1 16 192 51 39 92 2 2 .259 .320 .414 .155 3 2
2012 TEX MLB 357 327 41 90 18 0 15 153 50 23 71 1 1 .275 .321 .468 .193 4 2
2012 ROU AAA 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 0 0
2012 FRI AA 14 13 4 4 2 0 0 6 1 0 2 0 0 .308 .357 .462 .154 0 0
2013 FRI AA 12 12 3 6 3 0 1 12 3 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 0 0
2013 TEX MLB 518 462 60 107 24 1 23 202 60 45 117 0 0 .232 .299 .437 .206 8 0
2014 TEX MLB 184 167 18 41 9 1 2 58 23 12 43 0 0 .246 .297 .347 .102 2
2015 TEX MLB 515 471 51 131 27 0 23 227 85 32 112 1 0 .278 .330 .482 .204 5 0
2015 ROU AAA 17 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 .000 .353 .000 .000 0 0
2016 TEX MLB 503 460 49 107 21 0 22 194 60 35 118 1 0 .233 .298 .422 .189 0 0
2017 BOS MLB 576 508 73 125 34 0 22 225 79 57 120 0 1 .246 .326 .443 .197 5 0
2018 BOS MLB 459 404 57 99 23 4 15 175 68 50 102 2 0 .245 .325 .433 .188 5 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2010 663 0.4751 0.4630 0.7915 0.6413 0.3017 0.8762 0.6286 0.2085 0.0088
2011 1930 0.4829 0.4731 0.7886 0.6534 0.3046 0.8867 0.5921 0.2114 -0.0015
2012 1367 0.4967 0.4843 0.7508 0.6524 0.3183 0.8420 0.5662 0.2492 0.0024
2013 2127 0.4565 0.4391 0.7334 0.6066 0.2984 0.8523 0.5304 0.2666 0.0015
2014 735 0.4952 0.4626 0.7353 0.6319 0.2965 0.8435 0.5091 0.2647 0.0065
2015 2018 0.4931 0.4708 0.7453 0.6492 0.2972 0.8437 0.5362 0.2547 -0.0060
2016 1958 0.4663 0.4883 0.7155 0.6769 0.3234 0.8236 0.5178 0.2845 0.0000
2017 2273 0.4496 0.4580 0.7426 0.6605 0.2926 0.8444 0.5546 0.2574 0.0000
2018 1743 0.4630 0.4647 0.7198 0.6877 0.2724 0.8360 0.4667 0.2802 0.0000
Career148140.47240.46670.74400.65260.30030.84840.54040.25600.0001

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-08 2014-09-29 60-DL 113 100 Left Ankle Surgery Os Trigonum and Ligament Reconstruction 2014-06-23
2014-03-18 2014-03-24 Camp 6 0 Left Abdomen Tightness Oblique - -
2013-06-06 2013-06-21 15-DL 15 15 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-03-10 2013-03-11 Camp 1 0 Right Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2012-08-14 2012-08-14 DTD 0 0 Left Contusion Foul Ball Big Toe - -
2012-06-20 2012-07-30 15-DL 40 31 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-14 2012-04-18 DTD 4 3 - Face Illness Abscessed Tooth - -
2011-11-30 2011-11-30 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Pisiform Fracture 2011-11-30 -
2009-08-14 2009-09-08 Minors 25 0 Foot Fracture Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $6,500,000
2018 BOS $6,500,000
2017 BOS $5,500,000
2016 TEX $5,700,000
2015 TEX $2,950,000
2014 TEX $2,650,000
2013 TEX $502,700
2012 TEX $491,100
2011 TEX $426,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$24,719,800
2018Current$6,500,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$31,219,800
9 yrTotal$31,219,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 67 dBASH Baseball2 years/$13M (2018-19)

Details
  • 2 years/$13M (2018-19). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 12/18/17. 18:$6.5M, 19:$6.5M. Annual performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 500, 550 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$5.5M (2017). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/6/16.
  • 1 year/$5.7M (2016). Re-signed by Texas 2/10/16 (avoided arbitration, $6M-$4.7M).
  • 1 year/$2.95M (2015). Re-signed by Texas 1/23/15 (avoided arbitration, $3.35M-$2.75M). May earn additional $25,000 in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2.65M (2014). Re-signed by Texas 2/15/14 (avoided arbitration, $3.25M-$2.025M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 475, 530 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.5027M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/18/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4911M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 3/1/12.
  • 1 year/$0.426M (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/22/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Texas 7/29/10.
  • Drafted by Texas 2007 (17-530) (Mississippi State).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 481 62 120 27 1 19 65 42 104 1 0 .279 .348 .479 .282 33.0 1B 0 1.7
80o 465 57 110 25 1 17 61 39 102 1 0 .264 .332 .451 .272 21.6 1B 0 1.1
70o 453 55 106 24 1 17 58 37 101 1 0 .260 .327 .449 .264 13.8 1B 0 0.7
60o 442 52 101 23 1 16 55 35 100 1 0 .252 .318 .435 .258 7.4 1B 0 0.4
50o 433 50 95 22 0 15 53 34 99 1 0 .242 .307 .413 .251 1.8 1B 0 0.1
40o 424 48 91 21 0 14 51 32 98 1 0 .237 .300 .401 .245 -3.8 1B 0 -0.2
30o 413 45 87 20 0 14 48 31 97 1 0 .231 .295 .396 .239 -9.2 1B 0 -0.5
20o 401 43 81 18 0 13 46 29 95 1 0 .221 .284 .377 .231 -15.4 1B 0 -0.9
10o 385 39 74 17 0 12 42 26 93 0 0 .210 .269 .361 .221 -23.4 1B 0 -1.3
Weighted Mean43550962201553349910.244.309.415.2532.81B 00.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201933464591002301759391110.242.312.424.250-0.2-1.7-2.1-7.012.5-5.1-0.4
20203446258992301759391120.239.309.419.247-0.4-2.9-2.1-7.112.4-6.1-0.4
2021354115187200155135990.235.307.411.245-0.5-3.9-1.9-6.411.0-6.7-0.3
2022363824781190144732930.234.304.409.243-0.5-4.5-1.7-6.110.2-7.0-0.3
2023373584575170134530870.234.304.409.243-0.5-4.1-1.6-5.79.6-6.4-0.3
2024383193966150113926780.231.301.400.240-0.6-4.9-1.5-5.18.6-6.9-0.2
2025393013763140113725740.232.301.402.240-0.5-4.5-1.4-4.88.1-6.4-0.2
2026402833459130103423700.231.300.399.238-0.5-4.6-1.3-4.57.6-6.4-0.2
2027412813458130103423700.230.298.396.236-0.6-5.2-1.3-4.57.6-7.0-0.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 86)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 92 Ryan Zimmerman 2017 ?
2 92 Xavier Nady 2011 ?
3 90 Daryl Boston 1995 ? DNP
4 89 Lyle Overbay 2009 ?
5 89 Orlando Cepeda 1970 ?
6 89 Tino Martinez 2000 ?
7 89 Craig Monroe 2009 ?
8 89 Monte Irvin 1951 ?
9 89 Jeff Baker 2013 ?
10 88 Aubrey Huff 2009 ?
11 88 Sid Bream 1993 ?
12 88 Gordy Coleman 1967 ?
13 88 Travis Lee 2007 ? DNP
14 88 J.T. Snow 2000 ?
15 88 Eddie Williams 1997 ?
16 88 Carlton Fisk 1980 ?
17 87 Don Mincher 1970 ?
18 87 Kevin Millar 2004 ?
19 87 Kendrys Morales 2015 ?
20 87 Bubba Trammell 2004 ? DNP
21 87 Chris Johnson 2017 ? DNP
22 87 Pete Ward 1970 ?
23 87 Adam LaRoche 2012 ?
24 87 Jeff Conine 1998 ?
25 87 Frank Thomas 1961 ?
26 87 John Mayberry 1981 ?
27 87 David Dellucci 2006 ?
28 86 Jim Spencer 1979 ?
29 86 Dick Gernert 1961 ?
30 86 Chris Chambliss 1981 ?
31 86 Eric Karros 2000 ?
32 86 Joe Pepitone 1973 ?
33 86 Bill Melton 1978 ? DNP
34 86 Jim Marshall 1963 ? DNP
35 86 Orestes Destrade 1994 ?
36 86 Fred Whitfield 1970 ?
37 86 Dmitri Young 2006 ?
38 86 Adam Lind 2016 ?
39 86 Jim Ray Hart 1974 ?
40 86 John Wockenfuss 1981 ?
41 86 Eric Soderholm 1981 ? DNP
42 86 Michael Cuddyer 2011 ?
43 86 Davey Johnson 1975 ?
44 86 Wally Joyner 1994 ?
45 85 Ben Broussard 2009 ? DNP
46 85 Eddie Robinson 1953 ?
47 85 Paul Sorrento 1998 ?
48 85 Richie Zisk 1981 ?
49 85 Paul Konerko 2008 ?
50 85 Greg Colbrunn 2002 ?
51 85 Joe Collins 1955 ?
52 85 Glenn Adams 1980 ?
53 85 Kevin Young 2001 ?
54 85 Robert Fick 2006 ?
55 85 Dave Bergman 1985 ?
56 85 Don Money 1979 ?
57 85 Greg Brock 1989 ?
58 85 Harry Spilman 1987 ?
59 84 Kelly Johnson 2014 ?
60 84 Harold Baines 1991 ?
61 84 Daryle Ward 2007 ?
62 84 Will Clark 1996 ?
63 84 Orlando Merced 1999 ?
64 84 Tony Clark 2004 ?
65 84 Hal Morris 1997 ?
66 84 Olmedo Saenz 2003 ? DNP
67 84 Ricky Ledee 2006 ?
68 84 Carmen Fanzone 1974 ?
69 84 Deron Johnson 1971 ?
70 84 Chili Davis 1992 ?
71 84 Geronimo Berroa 1997 ?
72 84 Dave Mccarty 2002 ?
73 84 Garrett Jones 2013 ?
74 83 Hal McRae 1978 ?
75 83 George Crowe 1953 ?
76 83 Shea Hillenbrand 2008 ? DNP
77 83 Jermaine Dye 2006 ?
78 83 Johnny Briggs 1976 ? DNP
79 83 Lamar Johnson 1983 ? DNP
80 83 Franklin Stubbs 1993 ? DNP
81 83 Rafael Palmeiro 1997 ?
82 83 Angel Echevarria 2003 ? DNP
83 83 Chris Young 2016 ?
84 83 Willie Montanez 1980 ?
85 83 Bob Robertson 1979 ?
86 83 Felix Mantilla 1967 ? DNP
87 83 Eric Byrnes 2008 ?
88 83 Bob Watson 1978 ?
89 83 Eric Hinske 2010 ?
90 83 Vic Wertz 1957 ?
91 82 Pat Mullin 1950 ?
92 82 Pat Kelly 1977 ?
93 82 Preston Ward 1960 ? DNP
94 82 Chase Headley 2016 ?
95 82 Shawn Green 2005 ?
96 82 Ed Kirkpatrick 1977 ?
97 82 Willie Upshaw 1989 ? DNP
98 82 Brian Daubach 2004 ?
99 82 Erubiel Durazo 2006 ? DNP
100 82 Jason Michaels 2008 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .259 .308 .430 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .245 .310 .442 ?
11 vs U (Multi) .000 .000 .000 ?
18 Split (Multi) -.014 .002 .012 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 ?
30 vs L (2016) .286 .330 .495 ?
31 vs R (2016) .221 .293 .407 ?
31 vs U (2016) .000 .000 .000 ?
38 Split (2016) -.064 -.037 -.087 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Moreland is a $12 bottle of wine, or a Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Camry, or a pair of Dockers dress shoes: perfectly serviceable and utterly unremarkable. The #OffensiveThreatMitchMoreland hashtag aside, Moreland came to the Red Sox with a reputation as a strong defender and tolerable down-the-order hitter. He was as advertised. FRAA likes Moreland despite his so-so scooping ability, and he earned another Gold Glove finalist spot. As for the offense, well, Moreland’s TAv was 23rd out of the 28 first basemen who saw at least 400 PA. That’s fine for a guy who signed for just $5.5 million. The problem for the Red Sox is Moreland ranked fourth in TAv on his own team, and he batted fourth or fifth over 100 times. If cast in more of a complementary role, Moreland can be useful. If he is one of the linchpins of your offense, well, that’s how you end up underperforming your projected runs totals by a few dozen. Boston re-signed him to a two-year deal in December. Enjoy your Camry!
2017 Think of Moreland as a sitcom. It shouldn't be a stretch, since he comes with his own bad intro music. Perhaps, even, think of him as Friends (which, we must admit, had good intro music*). There was promise early on thanks to a balanced approach, supported by the depth of the profile, but the middle years fluctuated more than Chandler's weight. Fans grew tired of wondering whether he’d finally put it together, and an underwhelming final season was done in by a formulaic approach that was easily taken advantage of, and resulted in far too many swings and misses. Now with the Red Sox, Moreland sits at the end of a bar where few will know his name and Texas, much like NBC, will be relying on a one-dimensional Joey spinoff that might crater under its own expectations. *Editor’s note: The opinions of this author with respect to television show theme music do not reflect the views of Baseball Prospectus or its constituents.
2016 Someday in the very near future, the comments in this Annual will degenerate into nothing save for hashtag shorthand, and #OffensiveThreatMitchMoreland will suffice. Moreland bounced back from a serious ankle injury in 2014 to live up to his Twitter hashtag, putting up the best TAv of his career and delivering his second 20-plus-home-run campaign over the past three years. While the raw numbers looked great, Moreland's BABIP, his infield-fly percentage and his homer-per-fly rate all point to the possibility that 2015 might be closer to ceiling than norm. Moreland is a viable platoon option against right-handers, but most hashtags quickly revert to irony.
2015 Coming off a career-high 23 homers, Moreland's power fell off a cliff in 2014, as only Jake Peavy and R.A. Dickey watched him circle the bases before an ankle injury in June ended his season. While he's expected to be at full strength by spring training, the power outage is a concern because he doesn't do enough else to add value if he's not popping a dinger every 25 plate appearances. In fact, with Prince Fielder at first base, Moreland is unlikely to see much of the field at all as he looks to reprise his role of designated hitter against right-handed pitching. With Joey Gallo steaming up hard behind him, Moreland will have to put a strong hold on that spot if he wants to stay on the roster at all.
2014 Not many teams have even one 17th-round draft pick starting for them, but the Rangers had a pair doing so from 2011 to 2013, with Moreland at first base and Ian Kinsler 15 paces to his right. The Rangers passed on bringing Mike Napoli back in 2013 because they felt Moreland was ready to take a step forward and establish himself as a quality first baseman. Instead, he regressed, setting career lows in average, OBP and slugging. Moreland's pattern has been to start the season hot before getting hurt and then struggling to the finish. The Rangers still like his power potential, but with Prince Fielder coming to town, Moreland is looking at a bench role, a platoon or a new zip code.
2013 If Kinsler shifts to first base this season, Moreland may slot into a super-sub role. A natural first baseman, Moreland could see increased time in right field and as a designated hitter. When he reached the major leagues in 2010, his patience and ability to use all fields led to immediate success. Over the last two seasons, however, he has sacrificed that for a more pull-happy approach. This hasn't significantly increased his power but has sapped his on-base ability, as teams began employing a lefty overshift against him. He's squarely a second-division starter, though there is room for improvement if he makes the necessary adjustments.
2012 Ever since he was drafted in the 17th round in the 2007 draft, Mitch Moreland has defied expectations and played above the level suggested by his physical tools. In 2011, the realities of his skills finally settled in, as the husky slugger failed to slug his way into long-term job security. First base in the American League demands that the bat [read: offensive production] stand in the spotlight, but unfortunately for Moreland, the leftys bat wasnt ready for the bright lights. His second half collapse left his season line looking more like an average second-division platoon player than someone capable of providing value at the position.
2011 A 17th-round pick in 2007, Moreland was labeled a guy with good power potential coming out of college, but suffered from perceptible holes in the inner half of his swing that seemed to make him more of an organizational player than a legit prospect. In fact, some saw the stocky left-hander as better-suited for the mound work in which he had dabbled while at Mississippi State. Moreland ended the positional debate after the 2008 season when he put up a 936 OPS in the pitcher-friendly Midwest league. Since then, he has climbed the professional ladder, defying expectations along the way and finally emerging as the Rangers starting first baseman in late July. Moreland isnt a toolsy player, and he lacks defensive value, but his sound approach at the plate, quick hands, and good raw power give him a chance to defy those initial expectations even further and become a solid regular at the major-league level.
2010 When the Rangers made Moreland a 17th-round pick in 2007, their initial intention was to convert him to the mound due to his strong arm. Moreland resisted the move, convinced he could cut it offensively, and the Rangers acquiesced. Moreland got a chance to hit, and hasn't stopped, with a career .321/.387/.518 mark in his first 2 1/2 pro seasons. Nothing about his game is pretty, as he's a big, beefy guy with no tools other than the bat and the arm, but he's very close to getting a look in Texas, and it's now clear that he's definitely going to hit.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)15 team, keep forever (40 man rosters), with escalating salaries each year. 6x6 roto (BBs and Holds extra cats). With Hanley getting DFA'd, should I drop Dexter Fowler ($21) for Mitch Moreland ($1)? Fowler has been atrocious and is my 7th best OF (Betts, Soto, Cutch, Peralta, Ozuna, Kepler), and I need AVG.
(jd from somewhere)
Sure that seems fine given the price disparity, though I can't really imagine you holding onto either guy for an extended period of time. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Very un-sexy question, but in a 15 team dynasty league, do I drop Brad Miller for Mitch Moreland? Miller is my backup SS (Diaz) and also my backup 1B (Encarnacion).
(Ryan from Montreal)
I like Miller's positional flexibility, and I'm confident he'll get things going eventually. However, if you're only worried about having a backup first baseman (and you can cover SS another way) then I'd go with Moreland. (Eric Roseberry)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo has a K-rate of 24.6% vs. last year's 37%. He has a pattern of dramatically improving his K-rate during the 2nd-stint/season at a level. Meanwhile, Mitch Moreland has started off slowly. If Gallo keeps this up and Moreland continues to struggle, will/should TEX bring Gallo up at some point this season? TEX really could use some power in the lineup.
(Kristen from Canada)
Yeah, I don't think it's an "if" question for him getting PT in Texas, it's a "when" question (and a "what'll he do with it?" question). The numbers to date in an obviously small sample are certainly encouraging. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Isn't Zach Lee in the mix if the Dodgers need pitching help? If so, why only 4 IP in S.T.?
(Greg from Virginia Beach)
Zach Lee should be. I faced him in high school and he gave me the worst at bat of my life. For some reason I got ahead 3-0. He then blew 3 fastballs by me on the black. Anecdotes aside I have no clue why the Dodgers have only thrown him that much. Maybe he's injured, maybe he's been throwing backfield games, maybe he's been in the bullpen trying to find a better secondary pitch.

Lee won't be spectacular at the big league level but he might be the Mitch Moreland of the Dodgers rotation. A guy who comes up and a year later it seems like he's been a staple in the org for the last 5. Hope that made sense haha. (Ryan Parker)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Every year it seems a small group of Rangers Beat writers and fans get behind the idea that Mitch Moreland is going to have a good year, and every year they're disappointed. will he ever become anything more than an oft injured .260 hitter with a little pop?
(Kyle Dougherty from New Jersey)
Why would you be disappointed? Mitch will hit 260 with 20. It's not sexy but he is a productive big leaguer. Maybe it's not what some first basemen are putting up stats wise but it's not like he's a blackhole in the lineup. And injuries... yeah those suck. Hope he can stay healthy. (Ryan Parker)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team mixed keeper league. Is it worth holding onto Hosmer? He's my only 1B and is KILLING me. Yonder Alonso, Matt Adams, James Loney, and Mitch Moreland are the only decent names on waivers? Would you take any of them over Hosmer or try to make a trade for someone better?
(kcasey1029 from Denver)
I'd prefer a trade since 1B is an elite offensive position, but in the meantime scoop Alonso to get some 1B production going. Hang onto Hosmer (unless he's part of the trade), but go and sit him for a bit. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)For the next five years, you have the option of Mitch Moreland or Justin Smoak at first base. Probably not ideal either way, but go with me here. Which do you take? Do you believe in Smoak at all at this point?
(Steve from Yellowstone)
Moreland. He can actually make contact. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Daniel, any truth to the thought that Kinsler may move to 1B so Profar can play at 2B in Arlington? Do you think the Cardinals have a shot at Scutaro? Thanks!
(Chopper from Indy)
One at a time, Chopper!

Starting with Kinsler -that buzz surfaced yesterday, and it's an indication that the Rangers are considering every option to get Profar into their lineup if he earns that job out of spring training. Moving Kinsler to first is a bit tricky, because it leaves Mitch Moreland without a home and blocks Mike Olt, but either of those two could be traded to make it possible. So, yes, I'd say the thought is true, but it's probably not Plan A or B.

The Cardinals met with Scutaro yesterday, so they are certainly in the mix. However, Hank Schulman (a Giants beat writer for the SF Chronicle), tweeted earlier this morning that Scutaro will give the Giants an opportunity to beat any offer: http://sulia.com/channel/san-francisco-giants/f/4c2ca6e3-9ca0-4c48-80a2-6c7e9db46040/?source=twitter (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Early speculation on some overvalued and undervalued players for next spring?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
As much as I hate to say it, Mike Trout may well be overrated next year. I imagine there'll be some talk of him as number-one overall. In deep leagues, Josh Hamilton probably. Pitchers: Cueto, Miley, Harrison. Underrated, hmm, maybe Rajai Davis, Felix Doubront, Marco Estrada, Alex Cobb, and Mitch Moreland (again) (Derek Carty)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Either, Neither, or Both: B. Hawpe / C. Jackson make an impact for Rangers this year?
(Oh Snap from A Mountain)
Jackson has hit .232/.312/.323 over the past three seasons. Any impact he made will be classified as "dead cat bounce." Hawpe hit .239/.324/.389 over the past two seasons, but part of that was in Petco, and he always had more power than Jackson, but I'd be hard-pressed to call his potential contribution "impact" even if he does well, barring significant injuries to either Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, or Michael Young that would bring him significant playing time. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen wide ranging projections for Mitch Moreland. At the price I have him at, I can't go wrong keeping him but am having a hard time figuring what kind of a line to expect from him. Thoughts???
(LoyalRoyal from Home of Big House)
Shhhhh, this is just between you and me, but I like Moreland. My only concern is his wrist surgery potentially hampering his power a bit, but honestly, .260-.270 with 20-25 HR wouldn't surprise me in the least if he gets a full season. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league sneaky keeper shortlist... Someone who will significantly outperform last season's draft value who failed to do so last year...
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Mitch Moreland, assuming Prince doesn't wind up in Texas. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Love your stuff, and I'm very glad you've joined BP and the chats. Are you going to feature a Tater Trot tracker during the year that will focus on pitcher taters exclusively? Also, can you use your influence to give Mitch Moreland his grand slam back from yesterday?
(jhardman from Apex, NC by way of Arlington)
Thanks!

I will certainly do a pitchers-only Tater Trot Tracker at some point. I find pitcher home runs fascinating, and their trots are always so special. I also appreciate the fact that Yovani Gallardo is by far the best home run hitting pitcher currently playing (he had 4 of the 9 pitcher home runs in 2010, if I remember correctly).

The Moreland grand-slam-that-wasn't-meant-to-be is terrible. Even worse, the one highlight I've seen of it doesn't give the whole trot! (Larry Granillo)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Injuries are plaguing my team at the moment. - Joe Mauer - Pablo Sandoval - Andrew Bailey - And now Ike Davis Which first baseman do you think will have the most value in the short term? - Brett Wallace (who I picked up and can quickly drop) - Mitch Moreland - Eric Hosmer
(HonusCobb from Hopedale, IL)
I'll jump on the Eric Hosmer bandwagon here. He's made a pretty smooth transition to the major leagues and is also showing power. I like Wallace a lot, too, but he plays on a bad team, which cuts down on his RBI opportunities. (John Perrotto)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, what are your thoughts on Mitch Moreland and Matt LaPorta for 2011?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
I don't think either guy is ever going to become big home run hitters. They'll hit about 15 homers each and drive in a fair share of runs. They aren't premier first baseman but they are not complete zeros, either. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any good comps for Mitch Moreland? Or, if you dont like comps, what are his upside numbers?
(Josh from Texas)
I like his bat to be league average at first base, which is just about where he has been over his 239 plate appearances in the majors. He's off to a hot start in 2011, that's for sure. His 90th percentile projection might be a little low (that has him as basically average at first). (Marc Normandin)


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