Gabriel Moreno Toronto Blue Jays

Age: 21 (February 14, 2000) | 5' 11" | 160lbs. | Bats: Right
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TOR A 2019 82 307 47 86 22 38 17 5 12 52 7 1 .280 .337 .485 6 11 .282 n/a
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Here are the 10 MLB prospects who impressed scouts the most in the Arizona Fall League this year

PEORIA, AZ - NOVEMBER 09, 2021: Gabriel Moreno #24 of the Mesa Solar Sox bats against the Peoria Javelinas at Peoria Sports Complex on November 9, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images)
By Zach Buchanan  4h ago 24  

It was a down year for the Arizona Fall League in 2021, most scouts agree.

Compared with past years, the pitching talent was suspect, as major-league teams sought to limit the workloads of their best pitchers coming off a missed year in 2020. Some of the most notable names among the hitters set to play this fall either left early with an injury (Spencer Torkelson) or didn’t play in the fall league (Riley Greene, C.J. Abrams).

Still, several players opened evaluator eyes as the AFL returned to action this fall after a one-year, pandemic-enforced hiatus. As baseball waves goodbye to fall and heads into an uncertain winter, The Athletic spoke to multiple scouts who covered the fall league about whom they liked. Here are the 10 players who impressed the most.

1. C Gabriel Moreno, Blue Jays

“He’s a future superstar,” one scout said of Moreno. That billing seems appropriate, given that the 21-year-old Venezuelan ranked as Keith Law’s fifth-best prospect in July. Moreno certainly lived up to that hype in the fall. After destroying Double-A pitching for most of the season, the right-handed hitter batted .329/.410/.494 with 11 doubles in 100 plate appearances. He walked 13 times, matching his strikeout total. Just a little bit of offense from a catcher is a plus these days, but Moreno figures to be an actual good hitter, not just a good hitter for his position.

Scouts saw a good approach at the plate. He isn’t cowed by two-strike counts, shortening up a bit while maintaining strength with his wrists. He creates easy backspin when he barrels the ball, and though he managed just one homer in the fall, scouts are confident the power will come as Moreno learns when to turn on a pitch. Moreno did have some issues against sliders late in the fall season, perhaps getting a tad overaggressive as his Mesa Solar Sox team marched toward a championship.

He has more athleticism than his 5-foot-11 and (stingily listed) 160 pounds suggest, and he figures to stick behind the plate. He is quick on his feet and has a quick release when throwing to second. (He also played two games at third this fall.) There might be some things to clean up technically – he could tighten up his receiving a bit, and sometimes got too backhand-happy when he needed to be blocking pitches in the dirt – but that polish will come with time. “The game is so easy for him,” one scout said. Triple-A will be his next test.

baseballpropectus.com

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Gabriel Moreno, C, Blue Jays — After taking reps at third base during pre-game warmups, Moreno got back to doing what he does best: putting the barrel of his bat on pitches in all sectors of the strike zone. On Thursday, that meant a 3-for-6 effort with a double and three RBIs. With the evening, Moreno's overall Fall League line moves to a crisp .348/.427/.536 with 10 doubles and a home run in 69 at-bats. He's also shown a strong sense of plate discipline, with 11 walks against 12 strikeouts. Behind the plate, he's shown off an arm strong enough to record pop times of 1.89 seconds, and he's caught 50% of runners (7 of 14) trying to steal. All that adds up to the prospect scouts believe is the consensus best in the AFL.

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