Erling Moreno

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Erling Enrique Moreno Álvarez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Erling Moreno pitched in the minors and for the Colombian national team.

He was signed by Chicago Cubs scout Manny Esquivia in July 2013. [1] He made his pro debut the next summer, appearing for the VSL Cubs (0 R in 3 IP) and DSL Cubs (0-1, 1.08 in 4 G). He was in the US by 2015, going 1-1 with one run in 4 2/3 IP for the AZL Cubs. He split 2016 between the AZL Cubs (2-2, 2.78) and Eugene Emeralds (2-1, 0.90, 16 H in 30 IP).

Moreno was on the designated pitcher pool for Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic but was not activated. [2] He was 2-4 with a 4.22 ERA for the '17 South Bend Cubs. He was 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) for South Bend the next year, missing time with a biceps injury [3], and making one rehab stint with the AZL Cubs 2 (1 H, 0 R in 5 2/3 IP). He struggled with the 2019 Myrtle Beach Pelicans (6.02 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, but still 6-5!). COVID-19 wiped out the 2020 minor league season and he ended his time in the Cubs chain at 15-17, 3.65 in 63 games (48 starts).

The right-hander was with Colombia for the 2020 Americas Olympic Qualifier (held in 2021). He started their opener, against Canada, and took the loss in a game in which Andrew Albers and two relievers no-hit Colombia, so it would have been pretty hard for him to win no matter what he did. He began the game by walking Wes Darvill. Jacob Robson singled and Eric Wood grounded in a run. Connor Panas grounded Robson over and Daniel Pinero singled for a 2-0 lead. He got out of the inning by whiffing Michael Crouse. His woes continued in the second - Kellin Deglan singled, J.D. Osborne grounded Deglan over, Tyson Gillies got plunked and Darvill hit into an error. Robson then tripled to make it 5-0. Moreno struck out Wood but a Panas single made it 6-0 and chased Moreno in favor of former major leaguer Sugar Ray Marimón. His 21.60 ERA was not Colombia's highest in the event; Sergio Palacio was at 27.00. [4]


  1. 2019 Cubs Media Guide, pg. 287
  2. Old World Baseball Classic site
  3. 2019 Cubs Media Guide, pg. 287
  4. Americas Olympic Qualifier