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Birth Date8-9-1991
Height6' 7"
Weight260 lbs
Age28 years, 3 months, 9 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.12015
-0.12016
2017
2018
-0.82019
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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
2014 DET 22 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .375 .375 .375 83 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2015 DET 23 9 25 4 0 1 0 3 10 0 0 0 .182 .280 .273 73 -0.7 -0.3 2.0 0.1
2016 DET 24 31 100 24 4 2 5 5 38 0 0 1 .255 .290 .500 81 -2.1 -1.5 0.4 -0.1
Career5113331435850001.250.293.45280-2.9-1.82.10.0

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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2010 TGR Rk GCL 40 144 .252 .305 .365 .338 100 -11 5.3 -1.9 12 0 -1.5 1.2 -20.3 -1.7
2011 WMI A MID 86 337 .248 .317 .374 .288 98 -16.3 9.8 -3.9 52 0 -2.4 1.3 -21.6 -1.7
2011 TDE Wnt DWL 2 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 WMI A MID 59 258 .248 .321 .370 .345 95 10 7.6 -2.9 112 0 -2.3 -2.5 3.3 0.3
2013 LAK A+ FSL 93 388 .259 .332 .380 .327 100 -3.1 11.4 -4.7 92 0 -4.9 1.3 -10.3 -0.7
2014 DET MLB AL 11 8 .245 .300 .393 .500 106 0.2 0.2 0 83 9 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2014 ERI AA EAS 133 549 .259 .321 .389 .327 106 19.6 15.1 -5.6 115 0 2.9 1.4 1.0 1.6
2015 DET MLB AL 9 25 .255 .318 .406 .333 108 -1.5 0.7 -0.3 73 10 2.0 -0.3 -0.7 0.1
2015 LAK A+ FSL 9 42 .241 .309 .339 .320 93 1.7 1.1 -0.4 117 0 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.1
2015 TOL AAA INT 126 535 .253 .318 .364 .312 101 -9.1 14.8 -5.7 97 0 -8.6 -0.5 -9.2 -0.9
2016 DET MLB AL 31 100 .261 .320 .427 .365 110 -1.2 2.8 -1 81 14 0.4 -1.5 -2.1 -0.1
2016 TOL AAA INT 97 426 .255 .320 .384 .327 102 5.9 12.0 -4.2 125 0 -7.0 -0.3 6.3 0.7
2017 ERI AA EAS 59 246 .261 .328 .399 .293 105 0.1 6.7 -2.5 87 0 -2.7 -1.3 -2.7 -0.3
2017 TOL AAA INT 46 162 .257 .324 .396 .217 96 -14.1 4.8 -2.5 41 0 -1.2 0.8 -9.5 -0.7

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
2010 TGR Rk GCL 144 137 12 26 5 2 2 41 11 6 64 0 0 .190 .229 .299 .109 0 0
2011 TDE Wnt DWL 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1
2011 WMI A MID 337 323 38 66 10 1 13 117 39 12 127 1 1 .204 .234 .362 .158 1 0
2012 WMI A MID 258 243 28 70 14 3 9 117 47 11 59 5 3 .288 .319 .481 .193 2 1
2013 LAK A+ FSL 388 365 52 93 19 5 12 158 55 18 106 6 0 .255 .296 .433 .178 1 0
2014 ERI AA EAS 549 515 81 142 33 3 35 286 105 23 161 16 4 .276 .306 .555 .280 8
2014 DET MLB AL 8 8 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 .375 .375 .375 .000 0
2015 LAK A+ FSL 42 40 3 11 3 0 3 23 8 1 13 0 0 .275 .286 .575 .300 1 0
2015 DET MLB AL 25 22 1 4 0 1 0 6 0 3 10 0 0 .182 .280 .273 .091 0 0
2015 TOL AAA INT 535 500 53 120 30 0 20 210 74 27 162 5 4 .240 .283 .420 .180 3 1
2016 DET MLB AL 100 94 9 24 4 2 5 47 11 5 38 0 1 .255 .290 .500 .245 1 0
2016 TOL AAA INT 426 409 60 116 23 3 20 205 66 15 96 3 0 .284 .310 .501 .218 1 0
2017 ERI AA EAS 246 224 23 55 10 1 11 100 35 19 65 2 0 .246 .305 .446 .201 2 0
2017 TOL AAA INT 162 151 12 25 2 2 7 52 15 11 61 3 0 .166 .222 .344 .179 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2014 31 0.4194 0.5484 0.7647 0.7692 0.3889 0.8000 0.7143 0.2353 0.0032
2015 98 0.5000 0.5204 0.5294 0.7143 0.3265 0.5714 0.4375 0.4706 0.0014
2016 429 0.3916 0.5804 0.6707 0.8036 0.4368 0.7630 0.5614 0.3293 0.0000
Career5580.41220.56810.65110.78600.41480.73140.54810.34890.0004

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
2013-04-10 2013-05-22 Minors 42 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2012-06-27 2012-09-05 Minors 70 65 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-07-09 -
2012-04-27 2012-05-11 Minors 14 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 DET $
2016 DET $
2015 DET $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 130 d2018

Details
  • 2018. Signed by Chunichi Dragons of Japan 11/17.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Detroit 3/17. Sent outright to Triple-A by Detroit 3/31/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Detroit 3/5/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Detroit 2/19/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract purchased by Detroit 11/20/13. Re-signed by Detroit 2/24/14.
  • Signed by Detroit 10/1/08 as an amateur free agent from Puerto Rico.

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 379 45 86 15 2 18 52 18 110 2 1 .241 .280 .445 80 3.1 0.3
80o 360 41 77 13 2 16 48 16 106 2 1 .226 .264 .418 72 -1.4 -0.1
70o 347 38 72 12 2 15 45 15 104 2 1 .220 .256 .405 67 -4.3 -0.5
60o 336 36 68 12 2 14 42 14 102 2 0 .214 .250 .396 62 -6.7 -0.7
50o 325 34 64 11 2 13 40 13 99 1 0 .208 .243 .383 58 -8.7 -0.9
40o 314 32 60 10 2 13 38 13 97 1 0 .201 .238 .379 54 -10.6 -1.1
30o 303 30 56 9 2 12 35 12 94 1 0 .194 .230 .365 49 -12.4 -1.3
20o 290 28 51 9 1 11 33 11 91 1 0 .185 .218 .344 44 -14.4 -1.5
10o 271 24 45 8 1 9 29 9 87 1 0 .174 .204 .317 37 -16.7 -1.8
Weighted Mean328356511214411410010.209.246.39260-8.1-0.9

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-06-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Grant, I'm thinking about going down to Charlotte for the AAA All-Star game. What exciting players should be down there to keep an eye on?
(Trevin from NW Ohio)
Voting is happening right now, so luckily if you go onto any PCL or Il teams website you can help decide who you will see!
Players that should be there? Willson Contreras will I assume. Orlando Arcia, Gallo, Hoffman from the PCL.
IL guys Josh Bell, Steven Moya, Glasnow. (Grant Jones)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Steven Moya? I know it's a SSS but the K's are down and he's been hitting for average and power.
(holmesp2001 from St Louis)
Wrote about him recently in the Minor League Update. He'd be treading in some uncharted waters if he just up and stabilized his whiff rate all of a sudden at Triple-A, but there does seem to be some undeniable progress to that end early on - at least to where he's earned himself the opportunity to prove he hasn't made sustainable improvements at the big league level.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=29093 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Moya figures it out enough to be a starting OF for a number of years- yes or no?
(The Dude from Office)
Nope. Trigger is long, swing is long, pitch recognition is bad, barrel awareness is poor, approach is poor, and he'll get eaten up against lefties. Other than that, I love him. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)If you were not concerned about the ETA, rank these players in a dynasty league: Manuel Margot, Jonathan Singleton, Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Devers and Steven Moya. Why?
(Douglas from a dynasty draft)
Not trying to be difficult, but there really isn't any way to answer this and balance out risk/foor without ETA. If you're asking me in terms of pure upside, let's go Devers, Singleton, Margot, Nimmo, Moya. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Which of these K machines do you have high hopes for or do you see them all flaming out? Domingo Santana, Jake Lamb, Randal Grichuk, Steven Moya, Yorman Rodriguez. Will any of these guys have long careers as starters? Which has the highest upside and who will flame out?
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena, CA)
I can't say that I have high hopes for any of them because of the aforementioned strike out issues, but Lamb's are perhaps the most under control and he should be able to pop enough mistakes out of the park for third base. At least with a guy like Santana, he draws some walks to go with the strike outs. Can't say the same about Moya. Not sure that any of them end up being regulars for any extended period of time. (Jeff Moore)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Was Steven Moya considered ? Can he survive with that terrible K/BB ?
(Jim from Tuscon)
He wasn't. And, no, I don't think so. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some guys that you seem to be more excited about than most?
(Dave from Des Moines)
I'm the resident high man on Steven Moya. I don't think I'm on an island with my adoration for Miguel Margot, but I do think I project at the higher end of the range among scouts. I still hang on to some hope for Caleb Kowart while I think he has fallen very far for most. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Steven Moya overcome his bb/k rate and become a good major league hitter?
(TheKernel from Pasadena, CA)
I don't envision that happening. I love the raw power that Moya has, but it's hard for me to see him performing better when the swing is so inconsistent. I recommend reading the debate between Mark and I about this:
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24580 (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Moya.... next JD Martinez or the next Brennan Boesch?
(DetroitDale from Tallahassee (eternal spring))
One should never expect a career path like that of JD Martinez, who reminds us that there is considerable development and evolution that is required to succeed at the highest level, and that such development can happen a bit later in a player's career. Moya completely broke out in 2014, though I would need to ask the Prospect crew for more info on how his skills at the plate will translate to the highest level, it is a very good sign when a player's performance improves as he climbs the minor-league ladder.

On the jukebox: Neil Young, "Cowgirl in the Sand" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the right order in terms of offensive upside: Rusney Castillo, Yorman Rodriguez, Dalton Pompey, Steven Moya?
(barton from Vinklesville)
Castillo, Moya, Rodriguez, Pompey. But, Pompey's floor is higher than the two preceding him. I'm not sold Moya ever hits, although his pure upside is obviously immense. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Moya or Willy Garcia ... which hacker has a better chance at a successful big league career?
(Sall Manella from Georgia)
I don't particularly love either profile. But, Moya is closer and has had success in high minors, so I'll say him, and not feel great about it. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wondering your thoughts on Steven Moya. Metrics seem to say that he can't succeed in MLB. On the other hand at least a few observers love his work ethic, his willingness to learn, change, adapt. "Ya gotta have heaaaaaaart!", as the song goes. But is that going to be enough?
(Alex from Oakland)
I should preface all of my replies re. prospects by saying, "I am not a scout." Even without Jason Parks, your friendly BPro prospect crew is far, far more qualified to evaluate those factors than I am. That said, I'm generally not a big fan of guys who have a 7-to-1 K-BB ratio as a 23-year-old in Double-A. His power would seemingly make him a legit prospect but unless his plate discipline improves I would have to assume his upside is limited. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Steven Moya hit enough for the power to play in MLB?
(Festivus313 from Pittsburgh)
No (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Many Tigers fans seem to think that Steven Moya is the answer to the team's offensive woes. You've seen him this season. The HR totals and SLG% are nice, but can you please explain how the scouting shows that he's not ready for MLB pitching? Thanks
(A taco is a sandwich from Michigan)
Moya is a physical monster, towering over most other players.

His issue is the hit tool. He struggles with replicating his swing. His hands are too noisy at times, the shoulder flies open. Sometimes he has a load, sometimes he doesn't. Sometimes he is all hands and literally does not use his bottom half or hips for torque. It's just a lot of moving parts and I saw him go up against some MLB caliber arms. He's struggled deeply against legit arms. But the power is plus-plus and he can destroy baseballs when he makes contact. I just don't think he will hit them anywhere near enough.

Balance is important in all phases of the game, and Moya lacks balance at the plate. (Tucker Blair)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Better hit tools and plate approach: Junior Lake or Steven Moya?
(Nick from Illinois)
This is actually a pretty apt comparison. I'll take Lake, though. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Will Steven Moya's hit tool allow him to become anything more than a power bench bat?
(Nils from CT)
Highly unlikely (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why are you so down on Steven Moya?
(Hank from Detroit)
I don't think anyone has ever accused me of being down on Moya. During the debates on the Tigers Top 10 entering this season, I advocated for him to be rated higher than he ultimately was. I also currently believe Moya is in the midst of making a pretty big jump as a prospect. The approach is still rough, but he's doing some things that demonstrate some learning and an understanding of what he needs to do. His approach will never be good, but I am seeing enough improvement that the hit tool could play to .250, and even with the swing and miss, that may allow enough of his immense raw power to play for him to be a regular. I'm probably the high man on Moya on the BP Prospect Team, and my view of him is that his likely role projects out to a solid regular in LF/RF. If that means I'm down on him, then I'm really "down" on a lot of prospects. (Mark Anderson)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Kennys Vargas be a big league regular, or is he another data point with Calvin Pickering, Kyle Blanks and Walter Young against Very Large Men?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
I'd wager against Vargas working out, but you didn't include Steven Moya (worlds largest human) and Juan Duran. Very upsetting. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)ETA for Eugenio Suarez and Steven Moya 19XBH in a month and only 1 BB in AA..what do you make of that
(BaseballDaddy from your old room)
I think Suarez is pretty close. He's a pretty underrated talent. With the position of SS so down in the majors (it's awesome in the minors of course), a .250/.330/.370 type guy with average defense at a premium position is not a common commodity. Romine, short of the last few games, and Worth have been absolutely abysmal at the plate, and not that great in the field. I think they're going to want to see how he does for ~100 or so AB before deciding if they need to make a move. This all hinges on Iglesias' health, of course.

In terms of Moya, I'm probably the low man on him. He has no barrel control, a long swing, and not much approach. The power is definitely real, but I don't know if it ever plays to utility. I'd keep him in AA for as long as I could. He seems like the type of guy who may figure it out at some point, but I'd wager it's closer to his age 28 season than his age 24. (Jordan Gorosh)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say Chicago or Detroit called saying they want my players and are willing to offer prospects. Who should I ask for? Both farm systems I think stink.
(Kevin from Houston )
Considering you can't yet ask for this year's draft picks, the pickings are going to be pretty slim. From Detroit, the obvious answer is Nick Castellanos, but you could also be intrigued by players like Endrys Briceno, Drew VerHagen, Brian McCann, and Steven Moya. From the White Sox you can look at Courtney Hawkins, despite what Mortimer says, and I still believe in Trayce Thompson a little bit. (Mark Anderson)


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