Weight: 185 lbs.
Hometown: Corona, CA
High School: Corona
Previous College: None
Four-Year Commitment: Concordia Irvine (D2)
Coach: Rudy Arguelles (HC)
Coach Phone: 951-847-0324 (cell); 951-222-8235 (office)
Coach Email: email@example.com
A well-built second baseman with good athleticism and a punchy line drive bat, Alex Moreno acquitted himself nicely as a true freshman for RCC in 2019, recording 25 walks and a .388 on-base percentage in 41 games for the Tigers. The small, wiry-strong infielder hits left-handed, giving him some matchup potential depending on lineup construction, and he boasts a very patient eye at the plate with a good understanding of the strike zone and the poise to work deep counts, take pitches, and battle good pitchers with two strikes. He’ll work inside-out on the ball a bit too much at times, and I’d love to see him drop the bat head and pull it with authority more, but his hands are quick in spite of that tendency and he handles the bat well with feel to hit to the opposite field in particular. Despite there being some strength in his frame at present, he doesn’t produce much power. His long-term fit is as a table-setter, with good barrel control and above-average speed (4.20 up the line in his fastest time for me), and his strength will come in competing every time he’s up at the plate with mature situational hitting feel. There is some swing-and-miss in his game, and even without being truly overmatched he can disappear a little bit against high-level pitching and velo, but he’s generally a tough, punchy competitor at the plate. Defensively, Moreno is a natural second baseman with good hands on ground balls hit his way, and good footwork moving in all directions — particularly in on slow rollers and with throws made on the run. He’s pretty sure-handed (just six errors in more than 150 chances in spring 2019), and shows encouraging feel to turn double plays, cover second with runners stealing, etc., etc. He’s not my favorite infield defender out there this year, and there are several 2020 JuCo shortstops I’d take ahead of him as future everyday second basemen, but Alex Moreno can play second at a high level all the same, and should draw a fair amount of four-year attention in spring 2020, particularly if he has a solid, productive season for RCC. I like Moreno a lot, and I’m bullish on him to settle in nicely somewhere after Riverside, but the fit here feels more D2 than D1. Maybe there’s a bench role waiting for him at a small D1, but for me, his tools best fit in an everyday or platoon infield role at the D2 level after 2020.
• January 26, 2020 (Hitting)
• November 12, 2019 (Hitting)
• October 22, 2019 (BP + Hitting)
• March 19-22, 2019 (Hitting)
• February 9, 2019 (Hitting)