The Mariners had to wait just over 4 hours before handing in a card to Commisioner Manfred, but they have now made 2 selections in the span of 12 picks in the 2015 MLB Draft. Seattle doubled up on right-handed pitchers tonight, selecting Nick Neidert with the 60th overall pick, and Andrew Moore out of Oregon State with the 72nd pick. MLB.com rated Moore as the 137th best prospect in this year’s draft.
Moore is an undersized righty, standing at 6’0 ft. tall and tipping the scales at 185 lbs. He went to school just down the road in Corvallis at the perennial baseball power, Oregon State University. He has a three-pitch arsenal, highlighted by a low 90’s fastball. Moore also mixes in an above average changeup and a breaking ball that is still considered a work in progress. He fills up the strike zone, and is described as a guy who just knows how to pitch.
The 21-year-old right-hander has stated that Hunter Pence is his favorite player, and scouts say he demonstrates a similar enthusiasm on the field. Moore was a Friday night starter for the Beavs, and is said to be a great leader in the clubhouse.
The junior hurler went 7-2 this season for the Beavers, and recorded a 1.91 ERA across 16 starts. Moore struck out 111 and walked just 21 over the course of 122.1 innings pitched this season. Scouts rave about his command, and the crew on MLB Network described him as a “steal” at this point in the draft.
Here is his MLB.com draft profile video:
This is a feature on Andrew Moore from the OSU Beavers Youtube channel:
Andrew seems like a great kid, and he has a chance to move quickly through the Mariners’ minor league system. He is a polished college arm, and could be relevant in Seattle within the next 2 seasons. Moore projects as a back of the rotation starter in the big leagues. He may not be the flashiest of pitchers, but neither was Jamie Moyer, and he worked out pretty well for the Mariners.
Make sure you follow the newest Mariners on twitter! Andrew Moore can be found at @AndrewG_23, and Nick Neidert can found found @nick_elite2.
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