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Jovani Moran - 2018

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#1 AZTwin

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:23 PM

Jovani Moran
Position: RP
B/T: L
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Born: April 24, 1997, age 20-21 season
Drafted by the Twins as a 7th round pick, 200th overall out of Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico in 2015
Signing Bonus: $275K

Jovani was very raw when drafted out of Puerto Rico in 2015.  I thought at one point I read he was a shortstop until his senior year, where he pitched but could not find that information (please link if you are able to find a reliable source on that).  He started in the GCL and had a 4.12 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.  He also had 9 walks.  He missed 2016 due to elbow surgery removing bone chips. In 2017, he took a huge step forward.

 

In 2017 he pitched for Elizabethton and was named Twins Daily short season pitcher of the year (http://twinsdaily.co...-the-year-r6077 ).  He was moved to the bullpen and flat out dominated.  He pitched 24.2 innings with a 0.36 ERA and 45 strikeouts with just 5 walks.  If there was anything to fault him with, he gave up 1 home run.  I think we will live with that.

He is slender, fields his position well and has a mature approach on the mound. He throws in the low 90's and is making progress on his off speed pitches.

He is starting the season in Cedar Rapids and could move up quickly if he continues the progress he showed in 2017. 

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:29 PM

In his first outing with Cedar Rapids, Jovani threw 1 shutout inning.  He walked 3, but fortunately he also struck out 3. He will need to show the type of command he had in rookie ball as he develops.


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:40 PM

Any word on a return to the rotation? Thought for sure I had read that a year removed from surgery they wanted to look at him as a SP.

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:43 PM

 

Any word on a return to the rotation? Thought for sure I had read that a year removed from surgery they wanted to look at him as a SP.

This is speculation, but with how slender he is he is going to remain in the pen.  The first season he had rough stats as a starter.  I think he could be a lights out pen guy but probably doesn't have the stuff to be a starter.