Gerson Moreno

Position: RHRP
Level: High A
Affiliate: Lakeland Flying Tigers
League: Florida State League
Born: 09/10/1995 (Age: 28)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 175
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 5/2014 (DET)

Prospect Spotlight

Signed by the Tigers out of the Dominican Republic at 16 years old in 2012, Gerson is a pure reliever profile with the mentality to match, and he threw two-thirds of an inning in the FSL All-Star Game. His fastball is near-elite graded, sitting 97-to-99 mph and the ball really jumps out of his hand and gets late tailing life from a 3/4’s slot and stretch-only delivery. He can get some chase on the pitch out of the zone with plus movement, though his in-zone movement lightens up to average when he needs to hit his spot. He also has a fringy slider sitting 83-to-85 mph that looked guided in this view, and he needs to develop the confidence to let it arm go with the pitch for it to become a more effective alternative to the fastball. He can look erratic, to the point of effective wildness, and his well-below-average control numbers indicate a consistent issue with finding the zone, though he is improving this year (3.22 BB/9 rate over 22 1.3 innings (down from 5.0 BB/9 in 2016 across Class and High A). While he’ll need to keep the control numbers in check, and improve the slider to at least average, live arms like this don’t exactly grow on trees, and if he can keep it together, he profiles as a nice sixth- or seventh-inning bullpen piece. The Tigers moved him to the Erie SeaWolves for his first taste of Double-A action after this game.