TY MOORE, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: July 26, 1993
Drafted: 12th Round, 367th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates selected UCLA infielder Kevin Kramer in the second round and took his teammate Ty Moore ten rounds later. Moore led the Bruins in hitting in 2015, batting .342 in 61 games. His .907 OPS was also the best on the team and he showed great contact skills and plate patience with a 30:19 BB/SO ratio. Moore showed improvements across the board as a junior, following an All-Star season in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2014. He was announced as a right fielder, but spent more time in left field. He’s a solid outfielder, though his arm and speed leave something to be desired. Moore signed shortly after the draft.
Moore was the regular left fielder at Morgantown. He got off to a strong start, batting .316 in June and July. He tailed off after that, hitting only .226 the rest of the way. He didn’t show much power at any point. Moore had a .646 OPS against LHPs and .722 against RHPs.
The Pirates sent Moore to West Virginia to open the season, but his playing time was sporadic as the team had Tito Polo and Casey Hughston in the outfield, and preferred Ryan Nagle to Moore. In mid-May, the Pirates sent Moore to extended spring training and, when its season started, he went to Morgantown, where he played regularly. Moore split his time between left and right at both stops. He didn’t hit much at West Virginia, then did better at Morgantown, albeit with little power. He made good contact throughout, but didn’t have a good walk rate. Moore struggled with LHPs, posting a .588 OPS against them, but managed only .677 against RHPs.
Moore wasn’t on any roster at the start of the season, but a week into the season the Pirates sent him to West Virginia. That wasn’t a good sign, since he was nearly 24 at the time. He didn’t do much with the Power apart from showing good patience, but in late June the Pirates moved him up to Bradenton, which needed an outfielder. He hit better despite the higher level and poorer hitting environment, showing some moderate power for the first time. He also sharply reduced his K rate. On the full season, Moore had a mild platoon split, with an OPS of .692 against LHPs and .751 against RHPs.
Moore is strictly a corner outfielder, so the modest power limits his potential. Until the 2017 draft, the Pirates seem to focus on contact hitters like Moore, Nagle, Matt Diorio and Albert Baur when drafting college hitters to play the corner positions. Players like that need to hit for high averages to succeed as prospects. Moore did make good progress at Bradenton, though, and could go to Altoona in 2018.
|2018: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2015
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2012: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 25th round, 787th overall pick.
June 10, 2015: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 12th round, 367th overall pick; signed on June 17.