Colin Moran: What they're saying about top baseball draft prospect
Colin Moran, the University of North Carolina star third baseman who played at Iona Prep, is expected to be a top-10 pick – and possibly go first overall – in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, which begins Thursday. Read more about Moran and the draft here.
Here's what some pundits are saying about the 6-foot-3 lefty.
ESPN's Keith Law wrote:
“The buzz within the industry has Houston leaning toward this scenario: Houston takes Moran, knowing his next-best alternative is to go No. 5 to Cleveland, whose slot value is $3,787,000. By doing this, the Astros could offer him $4 million or so and know he'd accept it. The value of the No. 1 pick is $7.79 million, which means the Astros would then have sufficient savings to take first-round talents who fell at picks 40 and 74.”
Andrew Gould of Bleacher Report wrote:
“Stat-heads and traditionalists alike can all drool over Colin Moran's potential as an impact bat. Scouts swoon over his blazing bat speed, and sabermetricians will quickly fall in love with his uncanny plate discipline. … The 20-year-old is this year's most big league-ready position player. Moran could emerge as a poor man's Joey Votto for the lucky squad that snatches him up within the draft's top 10 picks.”
John Manuel of Baseball America told Newsday:
"The consensus is that he's one of the top five hitters in this draft -- and if he's not one of the top five hitters, he's one of the top 10 hitters. He's one of the safer bets of the draft because he has performed on a high level at a good college program, and that control of the strike zone -- he has three times as many walks as strikeouts -- that's a good sign.”
Anthony Witrado of Sporting News wrote:
“Some scouts don’t believe Moran has superstar potential, but he is an advanced college hitter (.357, 13 home runs, 1.064 OPS in 60 games before Monday) and is close to major league-ready. The consensus is that the Astros, who have had their scouts and executives hunkered down in Houston for the past week, won’t decide on a pick until draft day.”