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Colin Moran
Colin Moran 2018 (cropped).jpg
Moran with the Pirates in 2018
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 19
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1992-10-01) October 1, 1992 (age 28)
Port Chester, New York
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 18, 2016, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.270
Home runs35
Runs batted in166

Colin Richard Moran (born October 1, 1992) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Houston Astros.

Moran attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team. In his freshman season, he was named Freshman of the Year and was the only freshman named to the All-America team. After his junior year, the Miami Marlins selected Moran with the sixth overall selection of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. They traded him to the Astros the next season. The Astros promoted Moran to the major leagues in 2016. The Astros traded him to the Pirates in a package for Gerrit Cole on January 13, 2018.

Amateur career

Moran attended Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York.[1] Undrafted out of high school, he chose to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to play college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[2] In his freshman year, he led the Tar Heels with a .335 batting average, .442 on-base percentage, .540 slugging percentage, nine home runs, 71 runs batted in and 20 doubles.[2]

Moran was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America team, ACC Freshman of the Year, and Baseball America Freshman of the Year.[2][3][4] Moran was named a Baseball America All-American, the only freshman to earn the honor.[5]

Despite an injury shortened sophomore season, Moran again led the Tar Heels with a .365 average and 35 RBIs.[citation needed] Moran followed the injury plagued season by being selected as a second team All America by Louisville Slugger,[6] ACC player of the year,[7] and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award[8] while setting a single season RBI record for UNC, with 86 runs batted in. In 2011 and 2012, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and was named a league all-star in both seasons.[9][10] Moran led the Tar Heels in 2013 with 13 home runs, along with a .544 slugging percentage, and a .470 on-base percentage.

Professional career

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins selected Moran in the first round, with the sixth overall selection, of the 2013 MLB draft. Moran signed with the Marlins, receiving a $3.5 million signing bonus.[11] He hit a home run in his first professional at-bat, as a member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League.[12][13] He spent all of his first professional season with Greensboro, batting .299 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 42 games.

Attending spring training in 2014, Moran sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He began the 2014 season on the disabled list[14] before being assigned to the Marlins' Class A Advanced affiliate Jupiter Hammerheads, in the Florida State League.

Houston Astros

Moran during spring training in 2015
Moran during spring training in 2015

On July 31, 2014, the Marlins traded Moran, Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes, and a compensatory draft pick to the Houston Astros for Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernández, and Austin Wates.[15] The Astros assigned Moran to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League.[16] In 117 games between Jupiter and Corpus Christi, he batted .296/.344/.397 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs.

Moran with the Astros in 2015
Moran with the Astros in 2015

The Astros invited Moran to spring training in 2015.[17] He began the season back with Corpus Christi. In May 2015, a throw hit Moran in the face that fractured his jaw, requiring surgery.[18][19] He was activated later in the month, but was placed back on the disabled list on June 12. He was activated June 21. In 96 games for the Hooks, he slashed .306/.381/.459 with nine home runs and 67 RBIs.

Moran opened the 2016 season with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[20] The Astros promoted him to the major leagues on May 17.[21] Moran batted 2-for-19 (.105) before he was optioned back to Fresno.[22] He began the 2017 season with Fresno and was promoted to the major leagues on July 18.[23] Moran would play nine games with the Astros in 2016, compiling a .130 average and 2 RBIs. In 117 games for Fresno, he batted .259 with ten home runs and 69 RBIs.

Moran began 2017 with Fresno. He was recalled by the Astros on July 18. On July 22, Moran was injured in the sixth inning when he fouled an inside pitch from Orioles reliever Darren O'Day straight up and into the left area of his eye. Moran went down to the ground and grabbed his face, which had started to bleed. After a lengthy time down on the field with athletic trainers—including a brief moment where he attempted to stand up but couldn't – he was carted off the field. Moran suffered a facial fracture from the foul ball, and was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

The Astros finished the 2017 season with a 101–61 record and won the 2017 World Series. Moran did not play in the playoffs, but won his first championship as he was still on the team's 40-man roster at the time.[24] In nine games for Houston, he batted .364 with one home run and three RBIs, and in 79 games for Fresno, he posted a .308 batting average with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs.[25]

Pittsburgh Pirates

On January 13, 2018, Moran was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates (along with Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz and Jason Martin) for Gerrit Cole.[26] ranked Moran as Pittsburgh's eighth best prospect going into the 2018 season.[27] After the trade, Moran was named Pittsburgh's starting third baseman.[28]

During the Pirates home opener on April 2, 2018, in his first at-bat for the Pirates at PNC Park, Moran hit his first career grand slam off of Lance Lynn.[29] Moran finished his 2018 campaign slashing .277/.340/.407 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs in 144 games.[30]

In a game against the Miami Marlins on September 5, 2019, Moran faced his older brother Brian Moran in Brian's major league debut. He ended up striking out on a full-count slider against Brian.

Personal life

Moran's brother, Brian Moran, is a professional baseball pitcher. His uncles, Rich and B. J. Surhoff, played in Major League Baseball. His grandfather, Dick Surhoff, played in the NBA with the New York Knicks.[2]

Moran married Kelsey Persichilli of Arkport, New York, on November 9, 2017, in Rochester, New York.

Moran grew up a fan of the Baltimore Orioles.[31]


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  4. ^ " Miller named ACC Player of the Year". May 23, 2011. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
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  12. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (May 25, 2013). "Miami Marlins: Top pick Colin Moran homers in first professional at-bat – South Florida". Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
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  14. ^ Rodriguez, Juan C. (April 2, 2014). "Miami Marlins: Top position player prospect Colin Moran to open season on disabled list – Sun Sentinel". Retrieved April 3, 2014.
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  22. ^ Rajan, Greg (June 30, 2016). "Comparing A.J. Reed's early struggles to other recent Astros rookies". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
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  24. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  25. ^ "Colin Moran Stats, Highlights, Bio – Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
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  27. ^ "New No. 1 Keller leads Pirates Top 30 Prospects list". Retrieved February 22, 2018.
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