Adam Moore, C
2010 Salary: $401,000
2010 stats: Played in 60 games - 58 starts - and batted .195 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
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If you believe in catchers ERA, Moore’s was second (3.62) in the American League to Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki. While injuries gutted his season, the 60 games he caught led the team at the position. "I thought he’d hit better than he has, and I still like his swing," scout Roger Jongewaard said. Over the last six weeks of the season, he had a pair of six-game hitting streaks.
How tough a season did Moore have? On April 11, he became the first big-league catcher since 1986 to commit catchers interference twice in one game. After batting .175 in April, Moore was hitting .235 in May when he hurt his left leg and went on the disabled list. Didn’t play again until June 25. Hit .193 before the All-Star break, .198 afterward.
Summing up Moore’s 2010
When he caught six consecutive games late in the season, it was Moore’s longest career streak - an indicator of the problems he’s had staying healthy and convincing the team he’s a No. 1-type catcher. Last year, with the team searching for a regular, Moore hit poorly, missed time to injury and was charged with seven passed balls. He caught seven of 42 runners attempting to steal.
Looking to 2011
Moore’s best opportunity to win the starting catching job may be behind him. The team signed veteran catcher Miguel Olivo to a two-year deal this winter, and Moore will likely be the backup. How he handles that role could determine whether he has a future with the organization that just two years ago considered him the future behind the plate. “I think he can be a regular, but he has to hit,” said Jongewaard, a former catcher. “I hit .275 one year and thought I’d let the team down. He’s got to do it when it matters, and so far he hasn’t.”