In 2012 the Dominican Prospect League was loaded with middle infielders the likes of Amaurys Minier, Wendell Rijo, Richard Urena, Frandy Delarosa and Yancarlos Baez all of which signed professional contracts days after July 2nd. At the start of the season Angel Moreno was considered one of the top short stop bats in the 2012 DPL class, he had limited time at the DPL last year due to set backs, making him fall below radar. Physically Moreno has a strong athletic build at 6’1″ 185lb; He was a 2012 DPL All-Star and was selected to the Elite Travel Team, due to fatigue he didn’t participate on the tour. Tampa Bay Rays Dominican Scout Danny Santana started his evaluation on Moreno in 2011 and throughout the 2012 DPL season, he followed his progress in his home town San Pedro de Macoris where he developed with trainer “Caballero”.
Once the 2012 July 2nd signing period began the Rays started their aggressive quest to sign some big arms in the International space, their focus was primarily in Venezuela where they acquired Jose Mojica-RHP and Jose Castillo-LHP as well as catcher David Rodriguez. As the 2012 class players started falling off the eligible board, the Rays were still looking for options in Dominican Republic that would land them a quality bat. Santana continued his evaluation of Moreno believing he had the potential the organization was looking for. Moreno was primarily a short stop; he showed actions and hands that would play but his range and body type didn’t project him to stick at the position. Santana’s suggestion to the Moreno was to transition to the outfield as it would better suite him long term due to his bat. Moreno is a line-drive gap hitter with power potential, he gets good extension and drives the ball with authority. The Rays scouting staff had the motivation to sign Moreno once they invited him to their academy for extensive evaluation and confirmed he had the instincts and athleticism to play the outfield, that of which could carry over to professional baseball. He has recently made the conversion to the outfield, a move that has surly benefited him, Moreno agreed to terms with the Rays this week signing for a contract value of $208,000.
Congratulations to Danny Santana, Tampa Bay Rays and the Moreno family.