|Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: North Carolina 3B Colin Moran||09.27.12 at 10:34 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.
School: North Carolina
Born: Oct. 1, 1992
Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 209 pounds
2013 class: Junior
Previously drafted: N/A
Achievements: 2012 CCBL All-League, 2012 No. 2 Prospect in CCBL by Baseball America, 2011 CCBL All-Star, 2011 Baseball America Freshman of the Year, 2011 Perfect Game Freshman Hitter of the Year, 2011 Baseball America All-America first team, 2011 Perfect Game All-America first team, 2011 ABCA All-America first team, 2011 Baseball America Freshman All-American, 2011 NCBWA Freshman All-American. 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, 2011 first team All-ACC
What he brings: A decorated college athlete, Moran is said to be one of the best pure hitters in the 2013 MLB draft. He owns a wide stance and a very natural swing. Moran exhibits great plate discipline with above-average pitch recognition. He has showcased an ability to hit to all fields and has the ability to add strength and power to his bat.
Defensively, he has a strong arm. Despite a history that indicated a need to work on his fielding, Moran become a standout defensive player in 2012, and he projects to remain at third base at the major league level.
Notes: In 2012 Moran posted a .314 batting average with a .379 OBP, a .503 slugging percentage and an .882 OPS in 159 at-bats for North Carolina. All of those figures were elevated from the 2011 season when he posted a .289/.361/.371/.732 batting line.
His progress could be chalked up to hard work or the direct result of baseball literally being in his blood. His uncle is B.J. Surhoff, who was an All-American at North Carolina in the 1980s before spending 19 seasons in the big leagues.
If you consider intensity and fire in a baseball player a good thing, you can compare Moran to outfielder Ryan Sweeney. As Red Sox fans know, Sweeney, upset with a bad at-bat, punched a door and broke his hand midway through the season. Moran missed 20 games this year after punching a door following a loss to crosstown rival N.C. State.
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