AFL – Logan Moore

Logan Moore was a 9th round JUCO pick in 2011 out of Northeastern Junior College in Colorado. He worked his way through the organization and split time between Clearwater and Reading during the 2014 regular season. I watched him make the FSL All Star team in 2013 with a sub .200 batting average on the strength of his over 40% rate of throwing out would be base stealers. He finished that season with a .185 BA and a 41.2% CS rate. Moore’s offense increased in 2014 and he was sent up to Reading when a spat of catcher injuries hit the organization. After a 4 game stint at the end of April at AA, he returned to Clearwater until he was promoted for good at the end of May. Moore’s passed balls and errors declined but so did his CS rate. His 2014 numbers –

  • Offense
  •             G     AB     R    H    TB   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   K  SB  CS   Avg.   OBP   SLG HBP Sac SF
  • A+      32   105     5   25    32    7      0     0    11      7   22   1     0   .238    .287   .305     1      0     2
  • AA      59   190     9   42    68  12      1    4     17   20   48   0     2   .221    .296   .358     1      2     2
  • Tot.   91   295   14   67  100 19      1    4     28   27   70   1     2   .227    .293   .339     2      2     2
  • Defense and Catching
  •             Ch    PO     A    E   Fld%   PB   SB   CS     CS%
  • A+      181   153   27   1   .994       3    29    16   35.5%
  • AA      414   379   31   4   .990       3    62    21   25.3%
  • Tot.   595   532   58   5   .992       6    91    37   28.9%

On this basis Moore was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League. He played in only 12 games. He started as catcher 2 of 6 games each week. Moore got back to back starts only twice. He had 4 days off between starts 3 times and 3 days off between starts twice. I imagine it was tough to get any kind of rhythm at the plate playing so infrequently. That might explain his stats below –

  • Offense
  • G   AB   R   H  TB  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB   K  SB  CS   Avg.  OBP  SLG HBP  Sac SF
  • 12  41   4    6    7    1     0     0       3      5   11   0     0    .146   .234  .171    0        0    1


  • Defense and Catching
  • PO   A   E   PB   SB   CS    CS%
  •   5     8   1    4      12     8    40.0%

Behind the plate, Moore was charged with 4 passed balls. I would expect that when a catcher handles a pitching staff with short prep time. Ironically, two of his passed balls occurred when pitchers he had a history with were on the mound. – Ethan Stewart and Ryan O’Sullivan. Three of his passed balls happened in the same game – early in the game when O’Sullivan came on in relief and later when a Yankees’ pitcher got two past him in a five pitch span.

Moore threw out 8 of 20 base stealers for a 40% caught stealing rate.

Moore isn’t eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this season. Catchers are always at a premium especially during spring training. Last year, for instance, the Phillies had a glut of catchers report to Clearwater. Once pitchers settled into their routines, they began flying out of camp – starting with Lou Marson, then Francisco Herrera, Josh Ludy, Justin Dalles, and finally Bob Stumpo. At the very least, Moore’s defensive skills should provide him with a job as an org guy for a few more years.

11 thoughts on “AFL – Logan Moore

  1. Logan Moore is the definition of a defensive catcher. A Phil “Babe” Roof Jr. Phil played 15 years in the Majors but those days are long gone. A catcher has to do something offensively to capture a Major League roster spot. He’ll be valuable in the minors as a mentor and give the team an off-the-charts defensive specialist. Remember CS stats have more moving parts then just the catcher. The pitcher has to do his part and even the guy on the receiving end of the throw has to catch it and put the tag down.

  2. So is the Jim the lone remaining writer here? Looks like phuturephillies is no longer a website to read. Jim is just horrible.

    1. anon….you are not obligated to read or frequent the site if it is not what you want. Go to the right column and you will see ‘3. Phillies Blogs’ sites, that may pique your interest.

  3. I’m not obligated, but as a long time reader, I certainly have the ability to lament the demise of the site.

  4. Demise? If you don’t like it, go elsewhere. Otherwise, if you want the site to include something, be constructive and/or volunteer to help.

  5. Well then other anon , I think Jim is good at what he does , Is he flowery or some other adjective maybe not but he is sound and tells it how he sees it and I admire his opinion if you don’t then don’t read it

  6. I’m with anon. Except I like Jim and think his write ups are great. I appreciate his efforts and enjoy reading all his things. My problem is with mattwinks and brad – who make grand “I’m too good to write here anymore” proclamations. Brad I loved, he was humble and dedicated, and funny. On the other hand, mattwinks loved to tell everyone what a writer he was, all the while he was making his standard spelling and grammatical errors – classic.

    I think the site has taken 3 steps back with Brad and PhuturePhilies leaving – but it has nothing to do with Jim and Gregg, who do great work

    1. When did Brad say he was too good to write here? Maybe he just got sick of copying and pasting box scores every day for our convenience. I do agree the site is worse off without him. I wanted to ask him in his last post why he was going to write at crashburn alley, which is a site I enjoy, but doesn’t have the kind of quality discussions that go on here, especially when it comes to prospects.

      Matt definitely has a certain arrogance about him, but he provided solid info, kept up with the prospect world and clearly put in a lot of effort, which I appreciated. He still seems to be putting in a lot of effort over at his phuturephillies clone. I don’t get that either — why leave here to do the same thing elsewhere? He seemed to have the freedom to write whatever he wanted here.

      James was simply the best and is irreplaceable. Jim is doing just fine in my opinion, I’m enjoying these AFL writeups. The guy above is just an asshole, plain and simple. I just wish people would stop leaving here to go elsewhere. As far as I’m concerned, this has been the best phillies site on the internet for as long as I’ve been coming here.

      1. There are many factors beyond this but me leaving comes down to this:

        If I was going to spend many hours of my time running a baseball site for no compensation, I wanted to invest in my own work and not somebody else’s visions.

    2. IMO, some of the angst with readers over the site, may actually stem from the Phillies team on the field and how poor it has been with them over these last 2/3 years.
      Back when the site began about 7/8 years ago, the team of Rollins/Utley/Howard et al were youngsters and rising, and those next years were excited and this site was also brimming with enthusiastic postings and the younger prospects we thought would just follow up to the original core and keep it going.
      Unfortunately, different circumstances occurred, and moves made by the Phillies FO ,more or less backfired and we have the doldrums of a team.
      For Philadelphia followers it is pure frustration and disappointment to say the least.
      Plus we do not have a minor league system like the Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers to get excited about….well just not yet.
      So some of the writers may have just burned out trying to keep the flame lit.
      Just my opinion.

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