Mitch Moreland, Infield


Date of Birth: 9/6/1985
Birthplace: Amory, Mississippi
College: Mississippi State University

Mitch Moreland, infielder, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007. After almost four years in the minor leagues, he was called up to the Rangers in 2010 to play in 47 games with them.

In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Moreland batted .259 with 120 hits, 22 doubles, 16 home runs, and 51 RBIs in 134 games. In 2013, he batted .232 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs in 147 games. As a first baseman, he made 96 assists, 1,045 putouts, 108 double plays, and 5 errors with a .996 fielding percentage.

Moreland played in just 52 games with the Rangers in 2014. He finished the season with 41 hits and a .246 batting average.

Moreland had his best season in 2015 with career highs in hits (131), doubles (27), RBIs (85), and batting average (.278). As a first baseman in 120 games, he made 64 assists, 109 double plays, 975 putouts, and 4 errors. He had no hits, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts, and 2 walks in 13 at-bats in 5 postseason games.

In 2016, Moreland played in 147 games and he batted .233 with 107 hits, 21 doubles, 22 home runs, and 60 RBIs. He batted .250 with 2 hits in 8 at-bats in 3 postseason games. Defensively, as the Rangers' first baseman in 139 games in the regular season, he made 65 assists, 138 double plays, 1,036 putouts, and 2 errors. Those numbers along with a .998 fielding percentage earned him his first Gold Glove.

Moreland became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox a month later, on December 8th. He finished the 2017 season with 125 hits, a career high 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 79 RBIs, 120 strikeouts to 57 walks, and a .246 batting average. Defensively, as a first baseman in 138 games, he made 67 assists, 95 double plays, 938 putouts, and 5 errors. In the postseason, he had 5 hits in 13 at-bats in 4 games.

Moreland elected free agency on November 2, 2017.

Career batting statistics for Moreland through 2017 include:

  • 922 games played
  • 758 hits
  • 159 doubles
  • 132 home runs
  • 433 RBIs
  • 709 strikeouts to 268 walks
  • .252 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Moreland at first base through 2017 include:

  • 799 games played
  • 433 assists
  • 639 double plays
  • 5,863 putouts
  • 27 errors
  • .996 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Mitch Moreland
ESPN - Mitch Moreland