Another option at catcher
Adam Moore was ready to make 2011 his breakout season, when in his second appearance of the season was sidelined with a knee injury that would put him out for the Season.
There is no question that Adam as well as the Seattle Mariners management were disappointed in losing their back up catcher so early into the season.
That put more of a strain on Miguel Olivo who was himself injured to play through the injury affecting his offense for a good portion of the early season.
Fans have yet to see the reason why the Mariners continue to give Moore playing time.
His Major League stats are less than impressive. Moore has a .197 career batting average in the Major Leagues but has a .303 average coming out of the minors.
At one point he was in the top ten prospects as presented by Baseball America.
Seeing that Moore didn’t get in any playing time over the season, the Mariners sent him to the Arizona Fall League where he played for the Peoria Javelinas.
The AFL is basically a Major League Baseball camp for top prospects to hone their skills in preparation for potential call ups in the upcoming season.
Even though Moore has quite a bit of playing time with Seattle, he needs to make an impression as the M’s have added in John Jaso in trade from the Rays and brought back Chris Gimenez.
This creates a good competition moving into spring training.
Based on his stats in the AFL, it looks as though Moore is ready to play.
Coming off a major injury is tough, but Moore seemed up to the task as he hit a .259 in 15 games, but more importantly, looked good while he was doing it.
There was no hesitation in his swings or in his defense.
Being the team backstop is particularly hard on the knees, so it is good to see that the repair work seems to in place and solid.