Hot corner infielder who was a competitor to Kang Jung-ho, PIT→CIN→SEA minor league contract

 Colin Moran (30), who was a hot corner competitor to Jung-ho Kang at the Pittsburgh Pirates, signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.

ESPN reported on the 11th (hereinafter Korean time) that “FA corner infielder Moran signed a minor league contract with Seattle and will participate in the major league spring camp as an invited player.”

Drafted by Miami with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Moran made his big league debut in 2016 with Houston. Afterwards, he played for Pittsburgh from 2018 to 2021. Kang Jung-ho, who had a hiatus due to drunk driving after the 2016 season, returned to Pittsburgh in the 2019 season and competed with Moran for third base. 스포츠토토

Moran signed a one-year contract with Cincinnati in March of last year and played 42 games last season, recording a batting average of .201, 5 homers, 23 RBIs, and an OPS of .681 before being released.

MLB Trade Rumors said, “During his four seasons in Pittsburgh, Moran was roughly an average hitter. He hit 44 home runs, 71 doubles and hit a .269/.331/.419 slash line in 1527 plate appearances.” During the shortened season in 2020, his offense was the best with a batting average of 2.4, 7, 10 homers, 23 RBIs, and an OPS of .797 in 52 games.

The media said, “Moran has played a lot as a first baseman in the past two seasons, but has had a career of more than 2,000 innings in the hot corner. If Moran doesn’t make the Opening Day roster and his contract doesn’t include an opt-out clause in spring camp, he could give Seattle some depth while playing for Triple-A Tacoma.”

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