If You're Hardcore: Can Moss succeed in Pittsburgh?
The biggest hole in Moss' game is his contact rate. He's piled up the strikeouts throughout his career, and the gains he's made in other areas haven't quite been enough to offset that issue. Moss looks like a 15-20 home run hitter at best right now, and whether he can remain a regular long-term player depends on improving his power output. He was slugging .548 in Triple-A this season and is still young enough to develop more pop. Exposure to left-handed pitching will reduce his value, but if platooned, Moss should be able to avoid becoming a liability in batting average. Expect 450 at-bats in 2009, with a .270 average, a dozen home runs and the occasional stolen base.
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