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Mitch Moreland | First Baseman | #18

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
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Mitch Moreland slugged his first home run of the season as part of a three-hit game Saturday in the Red Sox’s win over the Rays.
Moreland put Boston on the board with a solo blast off Erasmo Ramirez to begin the second inning. He followed that up with a double in the fourth and a single to center field in the seventh. Moreland is hitting a robust .333 in the early going with a league-leading nine doubles. Until Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is ready to spell him against left-handers, Moreland should continue to play an everyday role at first base. Apr 15 - 9:12 PM

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Mitch Moreland doubled for the seventh straight game Thursday against the Pirates.

Moreland is tied with Yadier Molina for the second-longest such streak of the decade, one game behind... Yadier Molina. Molina doubled in eight straight games last July and August and seven straight games back in 2013.
Apr 13 - 5:42 PM

Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 and scored a run in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

He had three of the Red Sox' four hits on the day, as they were completely shut down by Justin Verlander and the Tigers' bullpen. While he's driven in just one run so far this season, Moreland now has eight hits over his last four games.
Apr 10 - 5:09 PM

Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers in Detroit on Saturday.

Moreland doubled and scored in the second inning, accounting for the Red Sox lone run in the contest. He has now had multiple hits in consecutive games, raising his season slash to .222/.222/.333.
Apr 8 - 6:30 PM

Mitch Moreland (flu) has been cleared to play Monday.

Moreland has battled a nasty case of the flu for a few days, but he'll be OK. He'll play first base against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates.
Apr 2 - 2:24 PM

Mitch Moreland was scratched Wednesday because he's dealing with the flu.

Moreland won't travel with the team to Washington, D.C. and will head straight to Boston instead. He should have enough time to be ready to go for the season, but the Red Sox are hurting for depth at first base at the moment.
Mar 29 - 9:56 AM

Mitch Moreland was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

No word on the reason for the change. The Red Sox should provide an update soon.
Mar 29 - 9:14 AM

Mitch Moreland finished 3-for-3 on Sunday, raising his spring average to .375.

The Red Sox are excited about what first base prospect Sam Travis has shown them this spring, but there's no controversy about who will start on Opening Day. It was almost certainly Moreland's job regardless, and he's had a great spring, hitting .333 with four extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 32 at-bats.
Mar 19 - 5:08 PM

Mitch Moreland is batting fifth in the lineup for his Red Sox debut on Saturday against the Twins.

Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon are the only projected regulars who aren't in the lineup, all of whom played in Friday's game against the Mets. It'll be interesting to see if Moreland remains near the middle of the lineup once their full complement of players are in there, as it would lead to ample RBI chances.
Feb 25 - 8:08 AM

Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 03:50:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Mitch Moreland.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network says the deal is worth $5.5 million. Moreland figures to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after winning Gold Glove honors there with Texas in 2016. Which means much more DH time for Hanley Ramirez. Moreland, 31, tallied 22 homers and 60 RBI over 147 games for the Rangers this summer, though it came with an underwhelming .720 overall OPS. He had an .812 OPS in 2015.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 06:00:00 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Red Sox are in on free agent Mitch Moreland.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. The Red Sox are now seen as a "very unlikely" landing spot for Edwin Encarnacion due to his high price, so Moreland would be a more reasonable solution. He's left-handed and also capable of playing first base, which fits the team's needs. With David Ortiz retired, Hanley Ramirez would figure to see more time out of the DH spot. The 31-year-old batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season. The Rangers are not in involved in negotiations, but the Indians are in the mix. Wilson hears that a decision could be made soon.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:15:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are talking to free agent Mitch Moreland.

Edwin Encarnacion remains the biggest focus for Toronto, but Moreland and Steve Pearce are also being considered as something like a Plan B. Moreland, 31, batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season for the Rangers while earning a Gold Glove at first base. He's also drawn interest from the Indians.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 08:35:00 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Indians are showing interest in Mitch Moreland.

Morosi says that "others" are interested, as well. Moreland batted just .233/.298/.422 overall last season, but he popped 22 home runs and won a Gold Glove for his work at first base. The 31-year-old isn't the first choice for either the Jays or Indians, but he qualifies as a decent Plan B.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 10:27:00 AM

Mitch Moreland won the Gold Glove Award at first base for the American League.

Not always known for his defense, Moreland finished at the top of the SABR Defensive Index among AL first basemen -- which accounts for 25 percent of the selection process. This is the first Gold Glove for Moreland, and the first Gold Glove for a Rangers first baseman since Mark Teixeira won in 2006. The full list of Gold Glove recipients in the American League: C Salvador Perez, 1B Mitch Moreland, 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Francisco Lindor, 3B Adrian Beltre, LF Brett Gardner, CF Kevin Kiermaier, RF Mookie Betts, P Dallas Keuchel.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 08:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Brian Johnson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott