Fans of the Baltimore Orioles have another reason to go “down the ocean” this summer. If the sun sand and surf are not reason enough to go, the play of Delmarva Shorebirds’ (A-Low) 2B Kirvin Moesquit certainly is.
Moesquit, a native of Curacao, is a player most fans may not know much about. Drafted by the Orioles in the 24th round (733rd overall) of the 2015 draft out of Seminole State College in Florida, he is currently playing for his first full-season affiliate; he previously played for the Gulf Coast League Orioles (2015) and the Aberdeen Ironbirds (2015-2017).
With so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the parent club, Moesquit may very well represent the type of player that fans will see in the future. He may be able to fill a future need in the middle infield.
He is currently slashing .274/ .345/ .365 in 52 games for the Shorebirds (as of 6/7) with 11 extra-base hits (including 3 homeruns), 36 runs, 17 RBI, 21 walks and 27 stolen bases in 34 attempts. Yes, you read that correctly, 27 steals with a 79.4% success rate.
Moesquit’s 27 stolen bases lead both the Shorebirds and the entire South Atlantic League. In fact, his stolen base total would lead the other three Orioles affiliate’s leagues as well: the leaders of the International League (AAA), the Eastern League (AA) and the Carolina League A-High) have 13, 19 and 20 stolen bases respectively.
The past few seasons the Orioles have paid lip service to the need for bringing higher OBP guys onto the roster: Moesquit is that type of player. Who wouldn’t want to see a player who gets on base almost 35% of the time? His stolen base prowess would also be a welcome addition to a team that at times plays like a beer league softball team. You have to like a player who realizes that every time he advances 90 feet he is that much closer to scoring a run and after all, scoring runs is the name of the game.
Mosequit can disrupt a defense by demanding much of the pitcher’s and the defense’s attention – his stolen base game is that strong. I would like to see that kind of excitement in Baltimore at Oriole Park. Moesquit is a few years away from OPACY but it is nice to imagine what he could do.
For the sake of an argument, I acknowledge that Moesquit’s minor league numbers are not in any way equivalent to major league numbers. That being said, consider this; his 27 steals would lead all of MLB (Dee Gordon is the current leader with 19) and would lead the Orioles’ team by 19 (Craig Gentry is the team leader with 8). His current batting average would be good for 6th on the team between Danny Valencia and Joey Rickard, his OBP would be good for 2nd between Manny Machado and Danny Valencia, his slugging % would be good for 10th between Trey Mancini and Chance Sisco and his OPS would be good for 6th between Pedro Alvarez and Joey Rickard.
Moesquit along with a few others such as Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays, D.J. Stewart and Ryan McKenna represent a major change in offensive philosophy for the Baltimore Orioles; a change that I hope to see come to fruition sooner rather than later.
Fans, if you go “down the ocean” make sure you catch a Shorebirds’ game at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium because Kirvin Moesquit will steal your attention with his play and he more than likely will steal a base as well.
**UPDATE: Moesquit stole a base in each game of Friday’s double-header, now has 29 on the season. He has 7 stolen bases in last 10 games.**
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