Tyler Moore was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse late this spring after going 13 for 49 (.265/.260/.347) with a home run and a double in 20 Grapefruit League games for the Washington Nationals. After debuting in the majors in 2012 and producing off the bench for the NL East Champion Nationals, Moore made the Nats' bench out of Spring Training in 2013, but struggled at the start of the season, posting a .149/.198/.266 line five doubles and two home runs in 37 games and 101 plate appearances before he was sent to the Nationals' top affiliate.
At Triple-A in 2013, Moore put up a .318/.395/.584 line with 14 doubles and 10 HRs in 45 games and 200 PAs, then returned to the majors in mid-August, going on a run in the final 21 games of the season, over which he was 21 for 61 (.344/.375/.459) with four doubles and a home run over 65 PAs.
"'Tyler’s history is that when he has consistent at-bats, he does well,'" Nationals' skipper Matt Williams told reporters including NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman, after making the decision to option Moore to Syracuse last month. "'It’s tough when you’re not getting those at-bats. He’s a player that needs them to stay sharp. I can understand that. So that’s the reason behind Tyler. He needs at-bats, and he needs to be ready if we need him.'"
The Nationals apparently need him sooner than expected. Moore was called up this morning after veteran bench bat Scott Hairston was placed on the DL with a left oblique strain.
The #Nats have placed OF Scott Hairston on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain and recalled INF/OF Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 6, 2014
At Triple-A, Moore, 27, has a combined .309/.382/.601 line over three seasons with 20 doubles and 19 HRs in 319 PAs.
In the majors, he has a combined .241/.293/.427 line, with 18 doubles and 14 HRs in 138 games and 349 PAs.
The Nats' '08 16th Round pick will get another chance to prove he belongs on the Nationals' bench.