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Scouting Video: Riley Moore, C, Arizona (2014 Draft)

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March 2, 2013

Riley Moore is my kind of ballplayer and has been ever since I went up to San Marcos to see him play a few of those dreary Channel League games. I never forgot the Area Codes BP before his senior year, nor did I forget that I had to wait like five days to see him get a start. It just goes to show you that sometimes the guys with the most upside get completely ignored when it’s between a guy on media lists and a guy not on media lists. The media does not scout. The baseball industry scouts. And that’s why in the long haul, Riley Moore is going to win.

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Scouting Update: Riley Moore, C, San Marcos HS (2011 Draft)

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May 3, 2011

A long time ago in a Santa Barbara far away, there was a slender left-handed hitting third baseman with exceptional raw power. Back in the day, that kid hit balls (with wood, mind you, not these frying pans they hit with today) out of old Babe Ruth Park in Ventura, Laguna Park in Santa Barbara, and a shot to straight away center field at Wilson High in Long Beach.

Many decades passed, and that infielder went through Santa Barbara to Milwaukee and back. We haven’t seen that kind of raw left-handed power from a Santa Barbara teenager for some time. Now we have.

The first time I saw Riley Moore was at the Area Codes. I saw the BP and then I had to wait almost a week to see him in a game. Moore didn’t waste his chances – my notes recorded hard contact in the game, a solid single. I’ll take it. Then I saw him in scout ball in the Fall. I saw him hit a ball out to 390 straight away to center field in BP, from the left side, of course. There were many scouts there that day, but I am sure I am the only one who thought about the last teenager with raw left-handed power from Santa Barbara.

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Scouting Video: Riley Moore, C, San Marcos (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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April 22, 2011

Riley Moore is my kind of guy. I like loose, easy, left-handed hitters who can start their hands, give me bat speed and bat control, and can lift and drive the ball. I like hitters with physical projection and a secondary tool so I don’t get stuck with bad body stiffs I gotta jam at first base and hope that they hit. Instead, I have a guy like Riley Moore right here.

 This boy has Amtrack power, which means he can put a ball out by the train tracks beyond the right field fence at San Marcos. I also once saw him hit a ball clear to Fresno. By that I mean he hit a ball that landed in the bed of a celery truck on the 101 overpass headed to Fresno. Some woman in Fresno was buying groceries and couldn’t understand why there was a pearl with the veggies. Hey, I can’t make this stuff up.

All I know is that if this guy played in Orange County and not Santa Barbara, he’d be a lot higher up on a lot more preference lists…or at least not be as comfortably hidden as the baseball that landed in the celery truck.

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Scouting Summary: Riley Moore, C, San Marcos (CA) HS (2011 Draft)

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December 10, 2010

There are two high schools called San Marcos in Southern California, but only one guy named Riley Moore. We’ve seen video of him here this fall and I’ve got a pretty long trail on him from summer to fall.

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Scouting Video: Riley Moore, C, San Marcos HS (2011 Draft)

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October 20, 2010

Riley Moore is a guy you look at and see physical projection and offensive potential written all over. The guy has the build. Even with his back turned to the camera, it’s hard to miss the left-handed sweeping uppercut and loft in his swing. He switch-hits in this look. Without a great deal of looks at him as of yet, I’d say the power is left-handed and the spray is right-handed. If you get a guy like this who can swing from both sides and stay behind the plate, you have got something. By the short look at infield, he’s got some fine-tuning in front of him as a catcher, but nothing that would knock him out. Throw away the stopwatch and look at the throws (make sure the guy is standing behind the plate and not on top of it) and see if they carry. That’ll tell you all you need to know.

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First Look: 2011 Draft Prospects (High School Catchers)

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September 30, 2010

Catchers are always in short supply, especially at the high school level. This year is no different. As with our pitchers and infielders list, this is a follow sheet and not a ranking service. We’ll give you the basics and let the kids be the final say on what players they become.

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Area Codes Game 20: It’s Over when It’s Over

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August 10, 2010

20 games. Finished.

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