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Top Gabriel Moreno News

  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Moving to Triple-A on Wednesday

    Moreno (thumb) will be activated from the 7-day injured list and promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star reports.

    Moreno has been rehabbing in the Florida Complex League in recent weeks after being sidelined since late June with a thumb fracture. With his rehab assignment set to end, the backstop will also be receiving his first promotion to Triple-A after slashing an impressive .373/.441/.651 to begin the campaign with Double-A New Hampshire. A strong start with Buffalo could go a long way in boosting Moreno's case for an early-2022 big-league call-up.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Begins rehab assignment

    Moreno (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment this week in the Florida Complex League, Future Blue Jays reports.

    The FCL Jays were rained out Tuesday, but Moreno should soon get into game action. He has been out since June 25 with a minor thumb fracture. Moreno is a strong candidate to go to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Out with thumb fracture

    Moreno was placed on the injured list at Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday due to to a minor thumb fracture, Sam Dykstra of MLBPipeline reports.

    Per Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, Moreno suffered the injury when he was hit on the thumb by a pitch, and he's expected to miss multiple weeks. Moreno seemed to be nearing a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo with an outside chance of making it to the big leagues in September, but the injury will certainly make reaching both of those milestones a far more difficult task. The catcher has slashed an outstanding .373/.441/.651 with eight homers and 46 RBI across 145 plate appearances with New Hampshire this season.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Homers in third straight

    Moreno went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI for Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday.

    The 21-year-old continues to dominate Double-A pitching, as he homered for the third straight game to push his slash line to .388/.438/.690 through 29 games with eight homers and a stunning 40 RBI. A promotion in the near future to Triple-A seems inevitable for Moreno, who is putting himself in position for a big-league debut perhaps as soon as September.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Raking at Double-A

    Moreno is off to a flying start to the season for Double-A New Hampshire, slashing .429/.520/.714 through five games with a home run and eight RBI.

    The 21-year-old has hit at every level he's played in affiliated ball, and the jump to Double-A hasn't slowed Moreno down at the plate. The Jays have little reason to rush him up the ladder, but Moreno could force a promotion to Triple-A before long if he proves he's ready for a new challenge.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Heads to minor-league camp

    The Blue Jays optioned Moreno to their minor-league camp Thursday.

    Moreno last played at Low-A Lansing in 2019, slashing .280/.337/.485 over 341 plate appearances. He'll likely make the jump to High-A Vancouver or possibly even Double-A New Hamsphire to begin 2021 as the Blue Jays look to get his developmental timeline back on track following the cancellation of the 2020 minor-league season. Among the young backstops in the organization, Moreno is third in the pecking order behind Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Joins 40-man roster

    Moreno was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Friday.

    Moreno was able to develop as part of the Blue Jays' 60-man roster in 2020, but he's likely still several years away from being considered for the major-league roster. His addition to the 40-man roster will protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 20-year-old slashed .280/.337/.485 with 12 home runs at the Low-A level in 2019.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Added to 60-man pool

    Moreno was added to the Blue Jays 60-man player pool Saturday morning and should be on his way to the team's alternate training site in Rochester, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

    At just 20, Moreno is already being described as a "complete package," providing valuable tools defensively and with his bat. The Blue Jays don't figure to have any immediate plans for the young prospect, as he should be spending his time partaking in intrasquad games at the club's alternate training site moving forward.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Crushing ball for Lugnuts

    Moreno is slashing .319/.340/.538 through 22 games in July for Low-A Lansing.

    The Jays' No. 12 fantasy prospect has emerged as a legitimate prospect this season in his first exposure to full-season ball. Moreno's strong performance at the plate goes beyond his triple slash -- he's struck out in only 8.2 percent of his July plate appearances, and 13 of his 29 hits on the month have gone for extra bases (nine doubles, a triple and three homers). The 19-year-old is even showing solid defensive skills, throwing out 32.6 percent of would-be base stealers. Given his age and limited experience behind the plate, the club won't rush him up the ladder, but another impressive campaign in 2020 could get him up to Double-A by the end of the year.

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  • Blue Jays' Gabriel Moreno: Impressive showing at Lansing

    Moreno went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for Low-A Lansing on Thursday.

    The 19-year-old was deemed ready for full-season ball in mid-May and promoted from extended spring training, and all Moreno has done since is slash .298/.364/.524 through 35 games with six homers, 22 RBI and a surprising four steals. Even more impressive has been his minuscule 10.7 percent strikeout rate. Signed out of Venezuela in 2016, Moreno is a converted shortstop who appears to be adapting well defensively behind the plate, and his hit tool and developing power stroke give the Jays' No. 13 fantasy prospect some very intriguing upside.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 160 lbs
Birthplace: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Age: 21
Bats/Throws: R, R