Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yankees Draft 2012 : Ty Moore

Being Borrowed From River Avenue Blues

The 2012 amateur draft is less than one week away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

(Luis Sinco/The LA Times)
Ty Moore | OF
A Southern California kid from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Moore stole the show at the National High School Invitational in North Carolina this spring. He has a strong commitment to UCLA.
Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 lbs., Moore isn’t a bat-first prospect. He’s a bat-only prospect. Despite an unorthodox setup and swing — he waggles the bat and uses an extreme toe-tap — Moore consistently squares the ball up from the left side and his best tool is his above average power. He’s relegated to left field because he’s not fleet of foot and doesn’t control the arm strength that allows him to pitch in the low-80s. Moore draws rave reviews for his makeup and all-out style of play, and he’s developed a reputation for being a big game player thanks in part to his excellent showings against top competition in showcase events.
Up Next
Even though he can hit, Moore is expected to be drafted somewhere in the 6th-8th round because he doesn’t provide any defensive value. The unorthodox hitting mechanics are another negative, at least in the sense that “it looks different and therefore must be bad.” You want late round picks to be able to do at least one thing well and he does just take with the bat. With slot money after the fifth round in the sub-$200k range, there’s a strong likelihood that Moore will end up in school next spring. If the Yankees decide to save some draft pool money by taking a few college seniors in the 9th or 10th round, someone like Moore would be an excellent place to reallocate the funds.


  1. Not sure if last comment went through....bottom line, Ty Moore would be a great sign for Yankees. Above scouting report is off. I've seen him play for the last 3 years. His swing is unorthodox, which they consider a negative...although he is best hitter in California. Not fleet of foot? He has above average speed. And low 80's fastball? wrong, consistently hit upper 80's. I've sat next to gun at game.

    1. So since you have seen him what do you think about his defense? That seems to be his biggest knock.

      Hey im down for drafting the guy. The same things were said about Tyler Austin and when we got him in the 13th round no one was excited.


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