In a span of a little more than two months, Jeremy Moore went from being a part of the Angel organization to being part of the Dodger organization. Moore, originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2005, had hip surgery in the spring of 2012.
After he missed all of 2012, the Angels out-righted Moore on Oct. 22, and he signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers two months later.
Manager Don Mattingly had not seen a whole lot of Moore before this camp. Mattingly said the first time he saw him was when the Dodgers held their winter development program in January.
"I saw him a little bit at the mini-camp last winter, seen him a little bit there but I think he was still a little banged up," Mattingly said. "He was coming off that hip thing, they were being a little bit cautious with him."
However, Moore's success thus far may not be a surprise to the Dodgers, Mattingly noted that "in our meetings before camp started, Eric Owens [Dodgers minor league hitting instructor] had him with the Angels and [he] talked about him being a little bit of a sleeper in camp and he thought we'd see him and like him and he is pretty much been right on."
So far in camp, Moore has impressed.
"He's running well, throws the ball good, as far as defensively, he's swinging against lefties and righties so he's been pretty good," Mattingly said. "He's been good to watch, he's definitely shown himself well."
Moore signed a minor league deal on December 22, 2012.
One other outfielder for the Dodgers was born in Jeremy Moore's hometown, Shreveport, Louisiana: No. 8, Reggie Smith.
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|2013 Projections - Age 26 Season|
Three outfielders that may play a lot in the minors this year are having good camps, Yasiel Puig, Alex Castellanos and Jeremy Moore, of those three, Moore would be a longshot to play this season in Los Angeles as he is not yet on the 40-man roster but I think there is a future, if as a fourth or fifth outfielder for Moore.
What is your guess for Moore? Be sure to guess BA/OBP/SLG, final Cactus League batting average, and any other thing you wish to guess.