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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
2 .000 0 0 0 0 103 0.0
Birth Date9-6-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age34 years, 1 months, 15 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.92015
0.42016
1.32017
0.82018
0.02019
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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 5.0 -0.1 -2.7 0.4
2011 TEX 25 134 512 120 22 1 16 39 92 4 2 2 .259 .320 .414 97 -0.9 0.2 -2.2 0.3
2012 TEX 26 114 357 90 18 0 15 23 71 1 1 1 .275 .321 .468 111 4.8 -1.9 9.1 1.7
2013 TEX 27 147 518 107 24 1 23 45 117 3 0 0 .232 .299 .437 104 3.0 -2.1 3.3 1.0
2014 TEX 28 52 184 41 9 1 2 12 43 1 0 0 .246 .297 .347 80 -3.8 -0.9 -0.7 -0.4
2015 TEX 29 132 515 131 27 0 23 32 112 7 1 0 .278 .330 .482 120 13.6 -2.1 -7.9 0.9
2016 TEX 30 147 503 107 21 0 22 35 118 8 1 0 .233 .298 .422 95 -1.7 -3.0 3.8 0.4
2017 BOS 31 149 576 125 34 0 22 57 120 6 0 1 .246 .326 .443 103 3.7 -2.7 5.7 1.3
2018 BOS 32 124 459 99 23 4 15 50 102 0 2 0 .245 .325 .433 103 2.9 -2.5 2.4 0.8
2019 BOS 33 91 335 75 17 1 19 34 74 1 1 0 .252 .328 .507 111 6.4 -2.6 4.3 1.2
Career11374132932199816635288532115.251.319.44410533.0-17.815.17.7

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 SPO A- NWN 27 118 .259 .345 .392 .317 107 0.8 3.6 -2.3 76 0 0.6 -1.0 -2.9 -0.2
2008 CLN A MDW 123 533 .256 .325 .378 .349 99 36.5 15.5 -8.9 158 0 4.3 -3.5 27.5 3.6
2009 BAK A+ CLF 43 197 .262 .337 .392 .368 98 18.6 5.6 -3.2 177 0 -1.0 0.0 16.4 1.8
2009 FRI AA TXS 73 327 .265 .336 .393 .359 113 5.5 9.3 -4 137 0 1.8 -3.3 8.7 1.3
2010 TEX MLB AL 47 173 .260 .323 .410 .275 111 4.2 4.8 -2.8 124 14 -2.7 -0.1 5.0 0.4
2010 OKL AAA PCL 95 412 .269 .340 .419 .321 97 13.5 12.6 -5.1 123 0 11.3 -0.2 13.0 3.0
2011 TEX MLB AL 134 512 .259 .320 .407 .290 111 -2.8 13.8 -8 97 9 -2.2 0.2 -0.9 0.3
2012 TEX MLB AL 114 357 .258 .321 .416 .306 104 3.9 9.8 -6 111 11 9.1 -1.9 4.8 1.7
2012 FRI AA TEX 3 14 .254 .327 .399 .364 94 0.6 0.4 -0.2 118 0 -0.1 0.5 0.3 0.1
2012 ROU AAA PCL 2 6 .243 .328 .396 .250 89 -0.9 0.2 -0.1 71 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2013 TEX MLB AL 147 518 .254 .317 .400 .255 100 4.3 13.6 -8.6 104 11 3.3 -2.1 3.0 1.0
2013 FRI AA TEX 3 12 .262 .318 .372 .500 100 2.3 0.3 -0.2 225 0 -0.3 0.4 1.2 0.2
2014 TEX MLB AL 52 184 .256 .312 .397 .315 101 -3.6 4.7 -2.9 80 10 -0.7 -0.9 -3.8 -0.4
2015 TEX MLB AL 132 515 .254 .314 .407 .317 111 10 13.9 -8.7 120 13 -7.9 -2.1 13.6 0.9
2015 ROU AAA PCL 4 17 .235 .320 .367 .000 78 -0.4 0.5 -0.3 102 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2016 TEX MLB AL 147 503 .258 .320 .423 .266 112 -10.3 14.2 -8.9 95 9 3.8 -3.0 -1.7 0.4
2017 BOS MLB AL 149 576 .251 .319 .421 .278 105 -0.2 16.9 -10.7 103 10 5.7 -2.7 3.7 1.3
2018 BOS MLB AL 124 459 .248 .318 .414 .288 107 1.1 12.9 -8.1 103 8 2.4 -2.5 2.9 0.8
2019 BOS MLB AL 91 335 .249 .320 .440 .271 106 5.4 10.1 -6.2 111 13 4.3 -2.6 6.4 1.2
2019 PAW AAA INT 4 14 .287 .345 .542 .000 84 -4.7 0.5 -0.3 30 0 -0.1 0.0 -1.3 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 SPO A- NWN 118 108 10 28 7 1 2 43 15 8 25 1 0 .259 .308 .398 .139 1 1
2008 CLN A MDW 533 466 64 151 37 4 18 250 99 60 67 2 4 .324 .403 .536 .212 0 0
2009 BAK A+ CLF 197 170 34 58 19 0 8 101 26 21 26 1 0 .341 .426 .594 .253 0 0
2009 FRI AA TXS 327 301 51 98 19 3 8 147 59 23 42 1 1 .326 .375 .488 .163 0 0
2010 OKL AAA PCL 412 353 52 102 29 2 12 171 65 47 63 2 1 .289 .375 .484 .195 2 2
2010 TEX MLB AL 173 145 20 37 4 0 9 68 25 25 36 3 1 .255 .364 .469 .214 2 0
2011 TEX MLB AL 512 464 60 120 22 1 16 192 51 39 92 2 2 .259 .320 .414 .155 3 2
2012 TEX MLB AL 357 327 41 90 18 0 15 153 50 23 71 1 1 .275 .321 .468 .193 4 2
2012 ROU AAA PCL 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 0 0
2012 FRI AA TEX 14 13 4 4 2 0 0 6 1 0 2 0 0 .308 .357 .462 .154 0 0
2013 FRI AA TEX 12 12 3 6 3 0 1 12 3 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 0 0
2013 TEX MLB AL 518 462 60 107 24 1 23 202 60 45 117 0 0 .232 .299 .437 .206 8 0
2014 TEX MLB AL 184 167 18 41 9 1 2 58 23 12 43 0 0 .246 .297 .347 .102 2
2015 TEX MLB AL 515 471 51 131 27 0 23 227 85 32 112 1 0 .278 .330 .482 .204 5 0
2015 ROU AAA PCL 17 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 .000 .353 .000 .000 0 0
2016 TEX MLB AL 503 460 49 107 21 0 22 194 60 35 118 1 0 .233 .298 .422 .189 0 0
2017 BOS MLB AL 576 508 73 125 34 0 22 225 79 57 120 0 1 .246 .326 .443 .197 5 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 459 404 57 99 23 4 15 175 68 50 102 2 0 .245 .325 .433 .188 5 0
2019 PAW AAA INT 14 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .000 .071 .000 .000 0 0
2019 BOS MLB AL 335 298 48 75 17 1 19 151 58 34 74 1 0 .252 .328 .507 .255 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2010 663 0.4902 0.4630 0.7915 0.6246 0.3077 0.8818 0.6154 0.2085 0.0088
2011 1930 0.4959 0.4731 0.7886 0.6520 0.2970 0.8830 0.5848 0.2114 -0.0015
2012 1367 0.4916 0.4843 0.7508 0.6577 0.3165 0.8439 0.5636 0.2492 0.0024
2013 2127 0.4725 0.4391 0.7334 0.6040 0.2914 0.8435 0.5291 0.2666 0.0015
2014 735 0.4925 0.4626 0.7353 0.6243 0.3056 0.8540 0.5000 0.2647 0.0065
2015 2018 0.4876 0.4708 0.7453 0.6474 0.3027 0.8524 0.5272 0.2547 -0.0060
2016 1958 0.4551 0.4883 0.7155 0.6756 0.3318 0.8189 0.5395 0.2845 0.0000
2017 2248 0.4569 0.4631 0.7426 0.6504 0.3055 0.8473 0.5550 0.2574 0.0000
2018 1743 0.4647 0.4647 0.7198 0.6815 0.2765 0.8388 0.4651 0.2802 0.0000
2019 1343 0.4684 0.4892 0.7199 0.7059 0.2983 0.8131 0.5258 0.2801 0.0000
Career161320.47500.46930.74200.65350.30280.84590.53840.25800.0001

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
2019Current$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).

2019 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 DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 43 9 2 0 1 4 9 0 0 .237 .310 .368 119 0.0 1B 0 0.0
80o 29 7 2 0 1 3 6 0 0 .269 .345 .462 114 0.0 1B 0 0.0
70o 19 5 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 .294 .368 .529 110 0.0 1B 0 0.0
60o 10 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .222 .300 .333 106 0.0 1B 0 0.0
50o 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 103 0.0 1B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean300000100.000.000.0001040.01B 00.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 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 DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
202034284345813193327620.227.308.387950.42.2-1.4-2.67.3-1.11.3
202135220254310162420490.222.301.375910.20.9-1.1-2.15.6-1.51.0
202236238285012172722520.233.311.394970.32.1-1.2-2.36.1-0.51.1
20233717921368152017400.228.305.386940.21.1-0.9-1.84.6-0.80.8
20243815318317141714340.226.305.381930.20.7-0.8-1.63.9-0.80.7
20253913616286141513300.226.304.380920.10.5-0.7-1.43.5-0.80.6
20264012414256131411280.226.302.377910.10.4-0.6-1.33.2-0.90.6
20274111914256131311270.225.301.375900.10.2-0.6-1.33.1-0.90.5
20284211613235131210260.223.299.369890.10.0-0.6-1.33.0-1.00.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 94 Eddie Robinson 1954 89
2 93 Jim Spencer 1980 102
3 92 Don Mincher 1971 123
4 92 Aubrey Huff 2010 134
5 92 Ryan Doumit 2014 74
6 91 Lyle Overbay 2010 107
7 91 Sid Bream 1994 97
8 90 Ty Wigginton 2011 96
9 90 Tino Martinez 2001 112
10 90 Xavier Nady 2012 69
11 89 Orlando Cepeda 1971 119
12 88 Kevin Millar 2005 107
13 88 Richie Hebner 1981 92
14 88 Babe Dahlgren 1945 91
15 88 Joe Pepitone 1974 0 DNP
16 88 Babe Young 1949 0 DNP
17 87 J.T. Snow 2001 103
18 87 Joe Collins 1956 87
19 87 Kendrys Morales 2016 119
20 87 Ryan Zimmerman 2018 111
21 87 Greg Brock 1990 97
22 87 Adam Lind 2017 123
23 86 Roy Smalley 1986 110
24 86 Don Money 1980 137
25 86 Wally Joyner 1995 122
26 86 Justin Morneau 2014 122
27 86 Irv Noren 1958 86
28 85 Javier Valentin 2009 0 DNP
29 85 Chris Chambliss 1982 115
30 85 Jeff Baker 2014 81
31 85 Harry Bright 1963 104
32 84 George McQuinn 1943 101
33 84 Andruw Jones 2010 117
34 84 Eddie Williams 1998 66
35 84 David Segui 2000 114
36 84 Pete Ward 1971 0 DNP
37 84 Will Clark 1997 126
38 84 Dave Bergman 1986 94
39 84 Dmitri Young 2007 118
40 84 Bill Freehan 1975 99
41 84 Eric Karros 2001 87
42 84 John Mayberry 1982 102
43 84 Daryle Ward 2008 93
44 83 Dale Long 1959 96
45 83 Don Baylor 1982 112
46 83 Jack Fournier 1923 148
47 83 Glenn Davis 1994 0 DNP
48 83 Scott Spiezio 2006 109
49 83 Greg Colbrunn 2003 92
50 83 Mike Sweeney 2007 95
51 83 Gary Redus 1990 102
52 83 Harold Baines 1992 109
53 82 Lloyd McClendon 1992 104
54 82 Cecil Fielder 1997 104
55 82 Hanley Ramirez 2017 105
56 82 Jeff King 1998 109
57 82 Jim Fregosi 1975 109
58 82 Earl Sheely 1926 115
59 82 Paul Sorrento 1999 82
60 82 Garrett Jones 2014 103
61 82 Brian R. Hunter 2001 0 DNP
62 82 Joe Judge 1927 93
63 82 Chase Headley 2017 103
64 82 Orestes Destrade 1995 0 DNP
65 81 Glenn Adams 1981 71
66 81 Ed Kranepool 1978 85
67 81 Kevin Young 2002 100
68 81 Ricky Ledee 2007 79
69 81 Jeff Burroughs 1984 112
70 81 Chili Davis 1993 106
71 81 Alex Gordon 2017 69
72 81 Vic Wertz 1958 111
73 81 Wally Pipp 1926 102
74 81 Gus Suhr 1939 107
75 81 Rafael Palmeiro 1998 148
76 81 Hal McRae 1979 118
77 81 Cody Ross 2014 82
78 81 Mark Reynolds 2017 110
79 81 Mike Lamb 2009 0 DNP
80 81 Ron Fairly 1972 120
81 81 George Bell 1993 68
82 81 Chris Young 2017 90
83 81 Eric Byrnes 2009 83
84 81 Willie Montanez 1981 73
85 81 John Wockenfuss 1982 124
86 80 Paul Konerko 2009 123
87 80 Ken Caminiti 1996 157
88 80 Adam LaRoche 2013 107
89 80 Brian Daubach 2005 97
90 80 Rance Mulliniks 1989 88
91 80 Jack Graham 1950 0 DNP
92 80 Joe Mauer 2016 106
93 80 Harry Simpson 1959 68
94 80 Mickey Vernon 1951 99
95 80 Wally Moon 1963 106
96 80 Jorge Orta 1984 110
97 80 Graig Nettles 1978 122
98 80 Jason Kubel 2015 0 DNP
99 80 Juan Uribe 2012 68
100 80 Eli Marrero 2007 0 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
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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