Gabriel Moreno

Gabriel Moreno

22-Year-Old CatcherC
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Not since Cristian Pache have we seen this big of a gulf between a player's ranking on real-life prospect lists and fantasy prospect lists. That's not to say Moreno will become fantasy irrelevant like Pache, but so much of his perceived real-life value is tied to his defense behind the plate. His hit tool is excellent, especially relative to other catching prospects, but Moreno has hit just 11 home runs in 99 minor-league games since the start of 2021 and his 24.9 Hard% in the minors last season is a middling mark. He did well in his first big-league stint as a 22-year-old, hitting .319 with a .274 xBA and 11.0 K% in 25 games, but he had just two extra-base hits. Prime Jonathan Lucroy - something like a .290 AVG and 15-to-20 HR - seems like a median outcome for his prime years and prime Buster Posey - say a .310 AVG and 20-to-25 HR - is a best-case scenario. Either one of those outcomes would be great for fantasy, but we've also got to assess the path to playing time in the immediate future. We should expect the Blue Jays to trade one of their three catchers this offseason, but the situation will remain murky until that trade happens. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Blue Jays in August of 2016.
Tallies first career homer
CToronto Blue Jays
October 5, 2022
Moreno went 4-for-7 with a three-run home run and four runs scored across both games of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
ANALYSIS
Moreno had a strong showing in both games of the doubleheader, but the highlight came in the sixth inning of the opening contest, when he tallied his first career homer. He's bounced between Triple-A Buffalo and the big-league club this season, though he's rarely been in the lineup since being recalled Sept. 7. Moreno only has 73 plate appearances in the majors, but he has maintained an impressive .319/.356/.377 line in that span while striking out just 11 percent of the time.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
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#9
1
1
7
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2021
No Stats
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .725 23 3 0 3 0 .333 .391 .333
Since 2020vs Right .736 50 7 1 4 0 .313 .340 .396
2022vs Left .725 23 3 0 3 0 .333 .391 .333
2022vs Right .736 50 7 1 4 0 .313 .340 .396
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2021
No Stats
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .819 31 1 0 4 0 .400 .419 .400
Since 2020Away .668 42 9 1 3 0 .256 .310 .359
2022Home .819 31 1 0 4 0 .400 .419 .400
2022Away .668 42 9 1 3 0 .256 .310 .359
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Gabriel Moreno compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
5.5%
 
K Rate
11.0%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.058
 
AVG
.319
 
OBP
.356
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.733
 
wOBA
.328
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
21.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.7%
 
Expected BA
.274
 
Expected SLG
.362
 
Sprint Speed
24.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
57.4%
 
Line Drive %
18.0%
 
Fly Ball %
24.6%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Moreno was one of the top breakout prospects in the minors in 2021, even with a broken thumb limiting him to half a season. He had been internally labeled the team's catcher of the future entering the year, but even those highest on Moreno didn't expect him to hit .373/.441/.651 (192 wRC+) with eight home runs, a 9.7 BB% and a 15.2 K% in 32 games as a 21-year-old catcher at Double-A. He got bumped up to Triple-A for three games after returning from the thumb injury in September and then went to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .329/.410/.494 with a 13:13 K:BB in 100 PA. It's Moreno's special skill with the bat that will make him a big piece of Toronto's future, not necessarily his work behind the plate, although he is good enough to stick there. However, third base is currently a bigger hole for the Jays, and he started there twice in the AFL, leading to speculation that the hot corner may be his long-term home. His big-league ETA and short-term playing time outlook are difficult to peg, but it's possible he is up in the first few months. Moreno has an excellent command of the strike zone for a player his age, and he has the bat speed to hit 20-plus home runs with one of the best batting averages among catcher-eligible players.
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Garners start Thursday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 15, 2022
Moreno is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.
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Back up with Toronto
CToronto Blue Jays
September 7, 2022
Moreno was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.
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Raking at Triple-A
CToronto Blue Jays
August 26, 2022
Moreno is batting .484 (15-for-31) with four doubles, six RBI and seven runs over seven games for Triple-A Buffalo since returning to the lineup from a thumb injury.
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Back in action Sunday
CToronto Blue Jays
August 14, 2022
Moreno (thumb) returned to the lineup for Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
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Dealing with right thumb soreness
CToronto Blue Jays
Thumb
August 12, 2022
Moreno hasn't played at Triple-A Buffalo since Aug. 5 due to right thumb soreness, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
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