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#25

IF/OF

Dylan Moore

Dylan Moore

Height: 6'0"    Weight: 185

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 08/02/1992 in Yorba Linda, California

Offseason home: Yorba Linda, California

College: University of Central Florida

Acquired: Signed as a minor-league free agent (11/09/2018)

MLB Debut:

Free Agent after: 2024 season

After the first few weeks of last year's short season, this is what we wrote in this space about Mr. Moore:

OK, who is this guy and what has he done with Dylan Moore? Whoever he is, he's batting close to .300 and forcing himself into the lineup every day at whatever position is available, vying to become the next Mark McLemore. So far, he's played left field, right field, third base, first base, and shortstop, and he'd probably put on the catcher's gear if asked. How Moore is doing it is anyone's guess, but with base hits, home runs, and steals, he's getting it done. Can it last? Well, stranger things have happened. But let's temper our enthusiasm—last year's Mariners had a historically light-batted guy hitting like mad in the early going too, and he turned out to be juicing. Remember Tim Beckham? He's done after getting slapped with an 80-game PED suspension. Hopefully, Moore is getting his results on the up and up, and if he is, more power to him. But, you know, the non-chemically aided kind.

Since then he continued to produce (though the batting average fell off a bit) and there's been no evidence at all that his success wasn't legit, despite his pre-2020 history as a Mendoza-line type hitter. Going into this year's spring training Moore was considered the favorite to land the everyday second-baseman's job, and that may well be how it works out. He has competition from fellow super-utilityman Sam Haggerty, but regardless of who wins the starting gig—or if they end up in a more or less equal timeshare—Moore figures to get plenty of at-bats until and unless he regresses to his earlier form. His versatility gives him a lot of value on a team that's choosing to carry a minimal bench complement—he's competent at six positions, if not great at any of them—and he showed a nice mix of power, speed, and on-base ability last year in what is admittedly a small sample.

TH, 3/17/21