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September 4, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Tyler Moore (57) at bat in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. The Nationals defeated the Cubs 11 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Preview: Tyler Moore

The Nationals are dreading any scenario where Tyler Moore gets 500 plus at bats. It would require the inability of numerous Nationals to log regular at bats a la Ozzie Smith falling off the face of the Earth. In case of injuries, Tyler Moore is projected to be a viable fantasy option for 2013. Even with a healthy Nationals team, Tyler Moore would be borderline own-able in 15 team National League only leagues.

It is unlikely that Tyler Moore will be drafted in standard 10-12 mixed leagues or even 10-12 team NL only leagues, unless you are one of his close friends or family members. His value, however, should not be ignored as the season unfolds. Moore has demonstrated power throughout his time in the minors and during his stint with Nationals last season.

Tyler hit 31 home runs in 2010 season class A+ Potomac and replicated this total in his 2011 season with AA Harrisburg. Coupled with strong RBI totals and some walks, Moore was a solid batter in his minor league career.

In 2012, his power numbers translated well to the majors. In 171 plate appearances, he smashed 10 home runs and hit .263. Look for more of the same in 2013, barring major injuries to a corner outfielder or first baseman. Moore also has some versatility with OF and possibly first base eligibility depending on the requirements of your league.

It is doubtful Tyler Moore will be drafted in most fantasy leagues, but depending on how the season develops he could find his way on to rosters and be a valuable contributor.  Here are some projections for Moore’s 2013 season:

ZiPS: 479 PA, 47 R, 20 HR, 71 RBI, 2 SB, .233 AVG.

MLB.com: 229 PA, 29 R, 12 HR, 39 RBI, 4 SB, .263 AVG.

CBS Sports: 156 PA, 20 R, 10 HR, 29 RBI, 3 SB, .263 AVG.

ESPN Fantasy: 189 PA, 21 R, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 1 SB, .233 AVG.

Averages: 263 PA, 29 R, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 3 SB, .248 AVG.
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