Wednesday night the Tigres Del Licey of the Dominican Winter League won its 11th straight game when Phillies catching prospect Logan Moore was behind the plate. It was a very important game. Licey was able to remain tied for first place in the league with two games remaining in the regular season because of Logan Moore’s plays.
Wednesday’s game was the first start for Moore in the last five games for Licey as two other catchers had to be worked into the rotation. The Tigres had lost all four of those previous games since Moore’s last start, losing a two game lead in the six-team league.
In those eleven wins with Moore catching, he has an amazing 2.25 catcher’s ERA. He has thrown out 6 of 14 base stealers. In his last eight starts he has gone 8 for 20 with, 3 doubles, one triple and two homers. He has walked eight times, scoring 7 runs and drove in 10 RBI’s in those games He is a rare left-handed hitting catcher but both of Wednesday’s hits were off of lefties.
Wednesday night’s 6-5 win was a composite of all previous ten game wins. Moore had a two-run triple to get the early lead. Watch HERE. He then drove in the winning run with a double in the top of the eight inning to break a 5-5 tie. Watch HERE. Then he made a perfect text book tag at the plate on a throw from right field in the bottom of the ninth to tag out the potential game tying run. Watch HERE.
Overall in the DWL this season he is hitting .255 with a .900 OPS going 12 for 47 with 4 double, a triple, two homers and 14 RBI’s.
Nothing more could be asked of the 25-year old catcher who reached AAA for the first time in the 2015 season. He deserves a serious look in spring training but the Phillies Front Office has just signed a journeyman catcher J.P. Arencibia who has struggled to hit .200 with various major league teams in his career and invited him to spring training.
Logan Moore just might be the best all around catcher not on a MLB 40-man roster. Too bad the Phillies Front Office appears to be having a difficult time seeing the obvious. Let’s hope he too gets an invite to major league spring training! He has earned it!