The arrival of Gabriel Moreno and the case for rostering three catchers

After visa issues caused Gabriel Moreno to arrive late for spring training he got off to a slow start in AAA. However, Moreno went on to hit .380/.433/.479 in 18 games in May and put himself on the precipice of the majors. Despite lingering concerns about his overall stat-line, .324/.380/.404 with a 115 wRC+, being buoyed by a .391 BABIP and only having one home run he has been called up by the Blue Jays.

In reality that stat-line may be a reasonable picture of what he is. Not a BABIP mirage, but a hitter who uses his elite bat-to-ball skills to get on base, accesses extra-base power if not HR power in-game, and plays strong defence behind the plate with a strong arm. His Double-A power may have been inflated and made him appear as more of a power hitter than he is.
But a projected 60 future value or all-star level catcher who can make contact at a spectacular level and further contribute as an above-average runner and fielder behind the plate is tantalizing. Moreno still holds the potential for above-average power as he matures and fine-tunes his approach. Even if the power never gets there, the complete package holds some variance around the all-star projections, with some areas still in need to development holding. Those factors hold the key to that all-star package. An environment that can foster those developments may be the first reason why the decision was taken now to call up Moreno.
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Author: Noah Vande / Blue Jays Nation

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