College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 52 on our Top 100 Countdown is Arizona’s Riley Moore. The 6’3 catcher from Santa Barbara, California was a 21st-round draft pick by the Phillies in 2011.
Moore made 64 appearances during his freshman season including 62 starts, posting a batting average of .301 with 38 RBIs alongside a fielding percentage of .971. Moore was hitting particularly well in the NCAA tournament, especially during the College World Series where he batted .412, which was the fifth-highest tournament average. This success earned him a place on the CWS All-Tournament Team as well as Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America.
From a scouting perspective, Moore has good left-handed power with great arm strength. The numbers that he put up in his freshman season show that he’s a strong player, but the numbers that he put up during the NCAA tournament–highlighted by his stats at the College World Series–show that he has the skills and maturity to come up clutch on the biggest of stages against the best opponents. He has room in his long, lean frame to fill out a little more, and with that may come even more power.
After the way Moore finished out his 2012 season, Arizona fans will be very happy to see Moore back in a Wildcats jersey for the next two seasons as his potential at Arizona is very high, making him one of the top 100 players to watch for in 2013.