Brewers Select Arkansas SS Robert Moore To Complete Day 1 Of MLB Draft
By David Gasper
To round out their three selections on Day 1 of the 2022 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Arkansas infielder Robert Moore with the 72nd overall pick, in Competitive Balance Round B.
The Brewers received this pick on account of being a small market, low revenue club. They alternate each year between picking in Comp round A which is after round 1 and Comp round B which is after round 2.
With this pick, the Brewers took another college infielder. Let’s dig in.
With the 72nd pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Arkansas SS Robert Moore.
Nicknamed “Big Game Bob” for his propensity for clutch hits, Robert Moore is the son of Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore. Because he grew up around the game, Moore has an incredibly high baseball IQ, a very strong work ethic, and a gamer mentality.
Those things combine to give Moore a very high floor. His ceiling, however, is limited. The 5-foot-9 switch hitter has a good eye at the plate and a quick swing but he struggled at the plate in his junior season, hitting just .232 on the year with eight homers. Last year, he hit a more solid .283 with 16 long balls.
He has a good eye at the plate, some good pop, good speed, a solid glove but somewhat fringy arm strength. While drafted as a shortstop, Moore is likely a second baseman at the big league level. Provided his bat improves, he can be a regular in the starting lineup at that position, but with a high floor as a utility infielder.
His long term role depends on the bat. Moore shows a quick bat and has the plate discipline to not chase outside the zone and doesn’t swing and miss a lot. It makes the struggles at Arkansas this season a bit puzzling, but he makes a lot of contact.
His offensive profile is somewhat similar to first round pick Eric Brown. Neither chase a lot or swing and miss a lot, and both draw plenty of walks. This could be the strategy for the Brewers in this year’s draft when it comes to position players. The upside is a bit more limited with Moore, but the general philosophy behind the approach is the same.
Moore just feels like someone who is going to find a way to play a long time in the big leagues. It may not be the sexiest profile, but with his instincts, makeup, batting eye, and ability to make contact, he has the ingredients to be around a while.
The draft continues with rounds 3-10 on Monday and then finishes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday.