Colin Moran, 3B, University of North Carolina
Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 215; B/T: L/R
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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