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MLBPipeline.com has continue to publish their top 10 prospects at each position. Today they unveiled their third base rankings, and the Miami Marlins found yet another one of their prospects on the list. Miami’s first round selection in 2013 was Colin Moran, and he has quickly shown that he has a future in the big leagues.
The sixth overall pick has earned 5th on their overall prospects list at third base. Here is what Jonathan Mayo had to say about Moran:
"Moran was taken No. 6 in the 2013 Draft and made a solid pro debut that included a stint in the Arizona Fall League. Moran is an advanced hitter, one who shouldn’t take too much time to reach Miami. He doesn’t quite have the power profile of some of the others above him on this list, but he should have enough pop to be an everyday third baseman."
I have been very excited about Moran since the Marlins drafted him. I had a chance to watch some of his games while at the University of North Carolina, and he is a very good hitter. He has excellent pitch recognition and he doesn’t try to do too much with the ball. I think his lack of home run power really stems from how well he hits line drives. He rarely tries to lift the ball.
While Moran certainly won’t start 2014 in the Major Leagues, expect the Marlins to challenge him quickly by progressing him through the farm system at a rapid pace. There is a distinct possibility that he may start 2015 as the Marlins third baseman, and at the very least, we would see him sometime that season, testing his skill against the best.
What do you think about Moran’s ability? Do you see him as the third baseman of the future? Let us know in the comments below!