While most of the players in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, both major and minor leaguers, have been enjoying their off-season respite, a few select farm hands are playing in the Arizona Fall League. None of them are having as good of a time in the desert as Steven Moya.
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Prior to his team’s game on Monday, Moya was selected to the AFL’s version of the All-Star game. He celebrated this accomplishment by hitting two homers to help Glendale beat Surprise.
The two home runs were part of a 3-for-4 game which brought Moya’s average up to .321 with 11 RBIs. Of his 17 hits in 53 plate appearances, the 23-year-old has seven extra base hits including three homers. The concern for Moya, and really any young power hitter, is the strikeouts. In Erie this season, Moya fanned 100 times and that pace has not slowed down in Arizona, notching 16, however his walk ratio has gotten better (four walks thus far).
The youngster has shown an incredible amount of comfort in fall ball, and some of that may have to do with the familiarity with Glendale’s manager, Lance Parrish. The 1984 legend managed Moya in Erie this year and will also manage his team in the Fall Stars Game.
Moya’s “off-season” will continue to winter ball in the Dominican following the conclusion of the AFL just before Thanksgiving.
After a tremendous season in the minors which saw Moya rack up an All-Star Game MVP, league MVP, and appearance in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, if he can keep up that success through fall, winter, and Spring Training, it would be hard to keep him off the 2015 Detroit Tigers.