Dylan Moore

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Dylan Moore was the first player to make his major league debut during the 2019 season. He came in as a substitute in the first of two games of a special series played between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on March 20th. In his first major league at-bat, he drew a walk off veteran reliever Fernando Rodney.

It had taken Moore a long time to get to that point, as he was already 26, having started his pro career in 2015 after having been drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 7th round of the 2015 amateur draft. Originally a shortstop, he played parts of two seasons in the Rangers system before being sent to the Atlanta Braves on August 24, 2016, as a part of a three-team trade for Jeff Francoeur. He finished that year on fire, hitting .343 in 10 games for the Carolina Mudcats. He then spent 2017 in AA with the Mississippi Braves, but hit just .207 in 122 games. He was then let go by the Braves at the end of spring training in 2018, but ended up signing a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who assigned him to the Biloxi Shuckers. Suddenly, he found his hitting stroke, with a .373 average in 17 games, and was promoted to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League. He hit .280 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 97 games there. By then he was pretty much a utility player, seeing time at second base, third base and the outfield in addition to shortstop.

Moore became a free agent after the 2018 season and signed with the Mariners, which turned out to be a good choice, since they immediately gave him a shot at the Show, as a back-up infielder, although it was largely a function of starting third baseman Kyle Seager being unavailable at the start of the season due to an injury. On March 30th, he had a nightmarish game as he committed three straight errors at third base with two outs in the 9th inning as the Mariners were trying to hold on to a 6-2 lead over the Boston Red Sox. The errors led to 3 runs before Nick Rumbelow managed to strike out Xander Bogaerts to end the game. He played 113 games for Seattle and saw action at every position except catcher; he hit just .206, but with 9 homers and 28 RBIs.

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