College Draft Profile: Colin Moran

 

Colin Moran, 3B, University of North Carolina

Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 215; B/T: L/R

Updated: 06/02/13

Owner of a career .347/.439/.522 line heading into the season, Moran took his production to another level. In 63 games this season, the lefty-swinging third baseman is hitting .350/.478/.560 with nine doubles, two triples, and 13 homeruns. His Weighted On Base Average, or wOBA, is a solid .457 (according to CollegeSplits.com).

Moran also bolstered his resume by hitting .314/.379/.503 with eight doubles, two triples and six bombs in the Cape last season.

Projection: Moran, who was named Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year in 2011, is one of the premier collegiate bats this season, showing an elite 57-to-21 walk-to-strikeout ratio and solid-average power. His uncle, on a side note, is former big league B.J. Surhoff.

Moran will find his way into the top of the first round and profiles as a solid-average big league bat, capable of hitting .280/.380/.460-type hitter with 20+ homerun potential, though I’d be interested in how he handles fellow southpaws. 

Ceiling: 3.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate to Above-Average

Drafted: Top Ten

 

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.