Mariners' Dylan Moore continues to provide versatility

The Mariners have the luxury of having a player on their bench who can start any position when called upon.
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Dylan Moore got the start on Sunday for the Mariners in left field as the Mariners battled the Twins in a rubber match of a three-game series with Minnesota. Moore has seen his role with the Mariners shift throughout the season this year. D-Mo started as an outfielder throughout most of the first half of the season, but took on infield positions with injuries to J.P. Crawford and Jorge Polanco. With both of the Mariners started infielders now back the Mariners can fully utilize Moore's versatility.

When asked about how Moore has handled being an everyday starter and being used as a plug-in player off the bench, Scott Servais said Moore has the capability of handling the changes to his role. Having been in the league longer has helped Moore handle this role with the team. Certainly having a player such as Dylan Moore who can play anywhere whenever he is called upon is a plus for Servais. Moore is capable of playing the corner outfield positions, as well as third base, shortstop, and second base.

Dylan Moore is the perfect Swiss Army Knife for the Mariners

Off the bench, Moore can be used in a variety of different ways. He can come into the game as a defensive replacement, pinch run, and pinch hit. Servais said in his presser Sunday, that pinch-hitting is one of the hardest things to do in baseball coming off the bench. Saying, he expects Moore would probably handle coming in that situation better than some of the younger players on the Mariners roster because Moore has been in the league longer.

Scott Servais also added that pinch-hitting used to be primarily for veterans on the bench to take on those opportunities. In today's game though, any player young or seasoned can be tasked with stepping up in those spots to pinch hit. This season, Moore has been effective in pinch-hit situations going 4 for 11 in such situations, with one home run, and two RBIs when coming into the game as a pinch-hitter or sub.

This season Dylan Moore is slashing .209/.316/.413 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. His versatility and ability to come in for any situation have been quite helpful this year. How the Mariners decide to use Moore for the rest of the season should be interesting. He can platoon for Josh Rojas, Dom Canzone, or Luke Raley, if Servais needs a platoon option in any of the corner outfield spots or third base. Dylan Moore is the ideal platoon man and utility player for this Mariners team.