Max Moroff
Max Moroff
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Moroff was traded to Cleveland this winter as part of a minor deal. Moroff has had just over 200 plate appearances at the big-league level with very little production to show for it. He is accepting of his walks, but has struck out in one-third of his plate appearances in the major leagues. He had a high strikeout rate in the minors as well, but offset it with a high walk rate in Triple-A the past three seasons. He has some pop and some speed, but the chances of him becoming another Max Muncy are infinitesimal. He is out of minor-league options, so he will likely make the Opening Day roster, but Moroff is only draftable in the endgame of single-league formats that use on-base percentage over batting average. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in November of 2018.
Pops first homer
2BCleveland Indians
April 20, 2019
Moroff went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Atlanta.
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The Cleveland infield is healthy again with Jason Kipnis and now Francisco Lindor back in action, so Moroff -- who only had two hits and zero homers on the season coming into Saturday -- will be relegated to a bench role at best moving forward. Even in deep AL-only formats, there's little reason to keep him in an active lineup spot.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+60%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .647 75 10 2 15 0 .200 .293 .354
Since 2017vs Right .584 164 19 5 19 1 .181 .272 .313
2019vs Left .000 8 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .581 24 2 1 4 1 .182 .217 .364
2018vs Left .816 27 4 2 5 0 .240 .296 .520
2018vs Right .510 40 3 1 4 0 .147 .275 .235
2017vs Left .663 40 5 0 10 0 .219 .350 .313
2017vs Right .612 100 14 3 11 0 .193 .283 .330
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+49%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .701 136 19 6 21 1 .217 .301 .400
Since 2017Away .472 103 10 1 13 0 .146 .248 .225
2019Home .794 17 2 1 4 1 .250 .294 .500
2019Away .000 15 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018Home .633 46 4 2 6 0 .175 .283 .350
2018Away .654 21 3 1 3 0 .211 .286 .368
2017Home .721 73 13 3 11 0 .234 .315 .406
2017Away .520 67 6 0 10 0 .161 .288 .232
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Stat Review
How does Max Moroff compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.07
 
BB Rate
3.1%
 
K Rate
46.9%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.133
 
AVG
.133
 
OBP
.161
 
SLG
.267
 
OPS
.428
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2017 was an interesting season for Moroff. The 24-year-old shuttled between Triple-A Indianapolis and the majors all season, which wasn't overly surprising. However, in just 51 games at Triple-A, the switch-hitter bashed a career-high 13 home runs en route to a .909 OPS and .265 ISO. Those power numbers didn't translate to Pittsburgh, but the patience came with him to the big leagues (11.4 percent walk rate). Unfortunately, so did the strikeouts (30.7 percent). His defensive versatility helps, but with better options at each infield position, Moroff's ceiling doesn't appear to be much higher in 2018. He seems to be entrenched in a utility role for the foreseeable future unless he can learn to make contact more consistently.
Moroff made his major league debut in 2016, striking out twice as a pinch hitter. The 23-year-old switch hitter played nearly the entire season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he hit .230/.367/.349 in 520 plate appearances. He led the International League with 90 walks, but the batting average dip from .293 to .230 is troubling. Moroff has the ability to play second base, shortstop or third base, but he's behind Adam Frazier on the depth chart. He's never hit more than eight homers in the minors and he's not the most successful base thief -- he's swiped 62 bases in 108 career attempts -- but the Pirates are only grooming him for a potential utility role with a low ceiling.
Moroff landed on Pittsburgh’s prospect radar in 2015, compiling a slash line of .293/.374/.409 with seven homers and 51 RBI for Double-A Altoona. He played primarily second base, a potential area of need with the departure of keystone incumbent Neil Walker. Named the Pirates’ minor league player of the year, Moroff will likely start the season at Altoona with a potential midseason promotion to Triple-A Indy. The infielder batted .233 and .244 in 2013 and 2014, respectively, so fantasy owners will need to first make sure 2015 wasn’t an outlier season.
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Picking up fifth start
2BCleveland Indians
April 10, 2019
Moroff will start at second base and will bat eighth Wednesday against the Tigers.
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Expected to win roster spot
2BCleveland Indians
March 22, 2019
Moroff is in line to break camp with the Indians, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Slaps three-run homer
2BCleveland Indians
February 27, 2019
Moroff went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the Mariners.
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Sent to Indians
2BCleveland Indians
November 14, 2018
The Pirates traded Moroff and Jordan Luplow to the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for Erik Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza.
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Optioned to Indianapolis
2BPittsburgh Pirates
July 23, 2018
Moroff was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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