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Gabriel Moreno
Popularity: ↑ 18%
C | B/T: R/R | 5' 11" 160LBS | Age: 21

MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 341 307 47 86 12 52 7 .280 .337 .485 .823
Career Minors 643 585 80 172 16 105 14 .294 .339 .468 .807
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .280 12 52 7 .823
Career Minors .294 16 105 14 .807

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2017 DSL Blue Jays DSL ROK 32 135 125 9 31 4 1 0 17 6 5 5 4 0 .248 .274 .296 .570
2018 2 Teams Minors 40 167 153 24 55 17 2 4 36 7 20 2 1 4 .359 .395 .575 .970
2018 GCL Blue Jays GCL ROK 23 101 92 14 38 12 2 2 22 4 7 1 1 4 .413 .455 .652 1.108
2018 Bluefield Blue Jays APP ROK 17 66 61 10 17 5 0 2 14 3 13 1 0 0 .279 .303 .459 .762
2019 Lansing Lugnuts MID A(Full) 82 341 307 47 86 17 5 12 52 22 38 7 1 7 .280 .337 .485 .823

Scouting Report

2020

The Blue Jays signed Moreno for $25,000 in August 2016 because they liked the athleticism and tools and believed he could develop into a well-rounded catcher. After a nondescript pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2017 and an unbelievably incredible start at the plate in the Gulf Coast League in ’18 that earned him a promotion to the Appalachian League, Moreno got into 82 Midwest League games last year. He hit .280/.337/.485 for the Lansing Lugnuts, adding 12 homers, 17 doubles, five triples and 52 RBIs at just 19 years old.

Moreno’s knack for making hard contact is a product of his outstanding hand-eye coordination and his preternatural feel for getting the barrel to the ball. He’s cognizant of those strengths to a fault at times, as he’ll attack pitches outside of the zone simply because he can reach them. At the same time, he neither strikes out nor walks all that often and he has the ability to use the whole field. There’s enough juice in his bat to safely project double-digit home run totals though he more likely will profile to hit more for average than for power.

Defensively, Moreno impresses club officials with his athleticism and energy behind the plate, and they believe he has a chance to stay there long term. His arm strength is average but plays up because he has solid catch-and-throw skills which culminate with a quick release. Like any young catcher, there are improvements to be made with his blocking and receiving, but all the ingredients are there for Moreno to develop into a big league regular.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

The Blue Jays signed Moreno for $25,000 in August 2016 because they liked the athleticism and tools and believed he could develop into a well-rounded catcher. After a nondescript pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, the Venezuela native moved stateside in 2018 and promptly raked to the tune of .413/.455/.652 in the Gulf Coast League, earning a promotion to the Appalachian League after his first 23 games. 

Moreno's knack for making hard contact is a product of his outstanding hand-eye coordination and his preternatural feel for getting the barrel to the ball. He's cognizant of those strengths to a fault at times, as he'll often attack pitches outside of the zone simply because he can reach them. At the same time, Moreno neither strikes out nor walks all that often. There's enough juice in his bat to safely project double-digit home run totals, though his profile likely will be hit-over-power. 

Defensively, Moreno impresses club officials with his athleticism and energy behind the plate, and they believe he has a chance to stay there long term. His arm strength is average but plays up because he has solid catch-and-throw skills which culminate with a quick release. Like any young catcher, he has a ways to go with his blocking and receiving, but all the ingredients are there for Moreno to develop into a big league backup, perhaps even a regular.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/27/2020 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to Cardenales de Lara.
11/27/2020 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to Cardenales de Lara.
11/20/2020 Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of C Gabriel Moreno from Lansing Lugnuts.
02/25/2020 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to Toronto Blue Jays.
05/15/2019 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to Lansing Lugnuts from Bluefield Blue Jays.
08/03/2018 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to Bluefield Blue Jays from GCL Blue Jays.
06/18/2018 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to GCL Blue Jays.
06/02/2017 C Gabriel Moreno assigned to DSL Blue Jays.
08/03/2016 Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent C Gabriel Moreno to a minor league contract.