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2013 MLB Draft Prospect: Colin Moran, 3B, University of North Carolina

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Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider continues his weekly column getting us up to speed on some of the names that could be in play for the Seattle Mariners this June.

Colin Moran, 3B, UNC
Colin Moran, 3B, UNC
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Name: Colin Moran
School: North Carolina
Birthdate: 10-20-1995
Height/Weight: 6-3/210
Bats/Throws: L/R
Position: 3B

Scouting Report

Contact/Approach - You won't see too many "grip and rip" hitters at North Carolina, and Moran is no exception. He has plus pitch recognition and a line drive swing that should allow him to hit for a high average as a professional.

Power - Moran's power was a major question mark coming into the year, but he's turned it on this season. If he had to move to first, his power production would probably be below-average, but at the hot corner he should get enough extra-base hits.

Glove - Moran has good arm strength and is sure handed, but doesn't have anywhere close to the range that would indicate he's a lock to stay at the position. He'll be given every chance to stick at third, but don't be shocked if he has to move across the diamond.

Speed - Not a huge part of Moran's game.

Grades

Attribute Rating Potential
On-base 50 65
Power 45 55
Glove 50 50
Arm/Arm-strength 55 50
Speed 45 45

Why they would: The Mariners love players from the Mid-Atlantic, and even though the Mariners don’t have as much need at the position as they do at others, Moran would be great value at No. 12.

Why they wouldn’t: Moran plays the one position where the Mariners have someone hitting, and at this point isn't likely be around at No. 12.

Chris Crawford is the founder and executive editor of MLB Draft Insider. He frequently contributes to the ESPN MLB Draft Blog and is also the sports editor of the Daily Record in Ellensburg. Follow him on Twitter @crawfordchrisv.

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