Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Colin Moran against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Astros #7 Top Prospect: Colin Moran
ETA: 2015 (September Call-up)
Below Average Third Base.
The Astros obviously like Colin Moran, they almost drafted him number 1 (rumored) and the traded up and coming Jarred Cosart for him. He will likely be the Astros third baseman in 2016, but he will have to hit to prevent Rio Ruiz from taking his position a year or so later. Even when he was drafted, most people felt like he would hit, just not for power.
If he shows any hitting ability in Triple-A this year, I see the Astros calling him up to end the proposed Marwin Gonzalez experiment at third base. I see him hitting something similar to Brett Lawrie‘s rookie year, minus the stolen-bases.
0.293/9 Hr’s/25 RBI’s/7 SB’s
According to Prospects361.com, Fantasy Impact: Moran is only rosterable in an AL Only Dynasty League. I believe the ceiling is a .300 hitter with a good on-base percentage and 10 to 12 home runs. There will be no speed. In a mixed league, you just need more production out of your third base position. Others will disagree, but if you own him, I would be pointing out those reviews and selling high on him.
Ceiling: Chris Carpenter
Floor: Brett Lawrie
Next: Brett Phillips