Miami decided to add non-roster invitee Tyler Moore to their 25-man roster in the final days of spring training and the decision has already proven to be valuable.
With a 2-2 count and the Marlins trailing the Nationals by a run Thursday, Moore came to the plate and recorded an RBI single to tie the game in the ninth. That proved to make a notable difference, as Miami topped Washington, 4-3, Thursday night.
Tyler Moore with dramatic, 2-2, RBI single. We're tied at 3 in the 9th @Marlins— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) April 7, 2017
This is pretty standard for Moore, who seemed to be a fan favorite with the Nationals. Over 97 games with Washington last season, he hit .203/.250/.364 with six home runs and 27 RBIs.
Though it seemed Moore would be a standard option to receive playing time at first base, the Marlins are pretty adamant that first baseman Justin Bour will receive playing time against lefties. Bour was in the lineup Thursday against left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Still, Moore will likely be a valuable addition to Miami’s bench. That much is already clear.