Name: Colin Moran
Position: Third Base
School: University of North Carolina


Scouting Reports:

From Baseball America's Jim Callis (3/20/2013):

 Carlos Collazo (Chapel Hill, NC): Where do you see Colin Moran going in the draft and what do you think of his defense at third base? Good enough to stay there?

Jim Callis: He's the best pure college hitter in the draft and having a terrific year, so I could see him going in the first five picks. He's good enough to stay at third base but doesn't project to be more than an adequate defender. He's not very athletic but gets the job done.

From Baseball America's Aaron Fitt (11/29/2012):

Moran is the best pure hitter in this draft class, and I don't think it's close. He's also got power and he's improving at third base. I think his feel for hitting is better than (Richie) Shaffer's, but he has less raw power and he's less athletic. I'm higher on Shaffer than some people, but I think they are comparable prospects. I think the consensus probably has Moran a little ahead of Shaffer.

 I see Moran as a future everyday big leaguer.

From MLB.com's 2013 MLB Draft Prospects Watch:

North Carolina had a string of first rounders -- Dustin Ackley and Alex White in 2009, Matt Harvey in 2010 and Levi Michael in 2011 -- broken in 2012, but Moran looks like a good bet to get the Tar Heels back in the top 30 picks.
A big, strong left-handed-hitting third baseman, Moran has good projection to his frame, meaning he’s likely to grow into more power as he matures. He’s a polished hitter, one who stood out on the Cape this past summer, and he should be able to stay at the hot corner defensively.
In his second straight summer in the Cape, Moran led the summer circuit in RBIs with 42 and played in his second consecutive Cape Cod League All-Star Game, where he went 1-for-5.
He may not go as high as his uncle, former No. 1 overall pick B.J. Surhoff, but he should be one of the earlier college bats to come off the board.

From Baseball America's John Manuel (7/5/2011):

Like Dustin Ackley before him, Colin Moran was under the radar and undrafted out of high school. Like Ackley, Moran is a gifted lefthanded hitter who went to North Carolina and earned a starting job immediately as a corner infielder. And like Ackley, Moran became Baseball America's Freshman of the Year.

That's not to say Ackley and Moran are really similar players. They are built much differently—Ackley is a lithe, rather slight, quick-twitch athlete, while Moran is bigger, slower and stronger at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds. But, boy, can Moran hit—just like his UNC predecessor, who won Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 and is now playing in the big leagues with the Mariners.


 

Colin Moran (3B North Carolina/Bourne) hit a RBI-double and a RBI-single against the Harwich Mariners on July 19, 2012.                                        






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