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2022 Phillies Top Prospects Countdown: #16 RHP McKinley Moore

Moore, image- Jay Floyd
Acquired this spring in a deal that sent outfielder Adam Haseley to the White Sox, righty pitcher McKinley Moore joined the Phillies organization and quickly garnered attention as a promising relief option for the future.

Listed at six-feet-six, 225-pounds, Moore has an imposing, sluggerish frame.  

A 14th round draft selection by the Chi Sox in 2019 out of Arkansas-Little Rock, Moore signed quickly and made his minor league debut that same year.  In 22 relief appearances in Rookie ball, Moore collected a 4.84 ERA, a .264 batting average against and three saves.

In 2021, he split his season with Class A Kannapolis and Class A Advanced Winston Salem.  In 37 combined appearances, Moore tallied a 2-2 record with nine saves, a 4.20 ERA and a .234 batting average against.

He also held his own in the prestigious Arizona Fall League last year, where he posted a 4.22 ERA while striking out nine and walking five in 10 2/3 innings pitched.  

Considered as a flame thrower, with a fastball that regularly clocks in the mid-to-upper 90's, he also sports a slider that helps him notch a lot of swings and misses.  Averaging a 12.3 K/9 mark in his professional career to date, Moore shows potential as a strong back-end reliever.

Control is where the 23-year-old requires the most refinement, as he has walked a considerable amount of batters (5.6 per nine innings) since turning pro.  

The Phillies see a future set up man in Moore, if he can continue to take strides in the command department.

Having opened she 2022 campaign with Double-A Reading, Moore, who exudes confidence on the hill, should get chances there to show what he's made of in key spots.  


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