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Full Name: Melvin Mora Primary Position: 3B,OF,SS,LF,CF
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/160 First Game: May 30, 1999
Birthdate: February 2, 1972 MLB Experience: 8 years
Birthplace: Agua Negra, Yaracuy (Venezuela)
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Melvin Mora (Melvin Mora) was born on February 2, 1972 in Agua Negra, Yaracuy (Venezuela). He made his Major League debut on May 30, 1999 for the New York Mets. In 2000, his rookie year, he hit .275 with 8 home runs and 47 RBI. Mora played for the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles over the course of his 8 year career.

Most people believe that Melvin Mora's best season was 2004, when he slugged 23 home runs, hit for a .340 average and knocked in 104 runs.

Mora was signed out of Venezuela in 1991. After spending seven years in the Astros minors system and couple months in CPBL's Mercuries Tigers, he signed as a free agent with the Mets in 1998 and made his major league debut in the 1999 season. With his ability to play all three outfield positions, shortstop, second base and third, Mora was considered a valuable man to have around.

In 1999, he scored the winning run of the final game of the year for the Mets on a wild pitch by the Pirates' Brad Clontz, which propelled the Mets to a one-game playoff with Cincinnati, which they won.

He was infamously traded by the Mets to Baltimore in midseason 2000 with two minor league players and Mike Kinkade for shortstop Mike Bordick.

Melvin Mora continued to be used as a utility player in Baltimore, never showing promise and hints of ability to play regularly at any position, but never playing at a superb level that could justify giving him the playing time opportunity to do so consistently. Things changed when an injury-depleted Orioles team used Mora almost exclusively in left field, and Mora responded with the best stretch of his career. He reached base in 32 straight games while using a 23-game hitting streak to temporarily become the American League batting leader. Finally excelling as a hitter, Mora was chosen for his first All-Star selection. Mora's season was cut short due to injuries (a bruised wrist and a partially torn ligament in his left knee), but finished with a .317 batting average, 15 home runs, and a .418 on-base percentage in 96 games.

Mora's 2003 season proved that he could be a consistent hitter at the Major League level. In 2004, Mora became the Orioles' regular third baseman and enjoyed his most productive season in the majors. Mora hit a career-high .340, finishing second in the AL batting race to Ichiro Suzuki's .372 mark; led the league hitters in on base percentage (.419); ranked 5th in slugging average (.562) and OPS (.981); 6th in runs (111), doubles (41) and times on base (264); 8th in hits (187), and 9th in total bases (264). His 27 home runs and 104 RBI were also career-highs, while leading his team in batting average, runs, on base percentage, slugging average and OPS. At third base, he improved and became more consistent as the season wore on.

In 2005, Mora once again hit 27 home runs, although his batting average and on base percentage dropped.

In a seven-year career through 2005, Mora is a .281 hitter with a .363 on-base percentage, 103 home runs and 400 RBI in 860 games

When he was seven years old, his father was violently murdered in Venezuela by men who mistook him for somebody else.

On July 28, 2001, Mora and wife Gisel gave birth to quintuplets at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The babies, three girls and two boys, were named Jada Priscilla, Rebekah Alesha, Genesis Raquel, Christian Emmanuel, and Matthew David.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1999 NY N 66 31 6 5 0 1 .161 .278 .161 0 0 4 7 1 3 2 0 0
2000 NY N 79 215 35 56 6 30 .260 .317 .423 13 2 18 48 2 2 7 3 3
2000 BAL A 53 199 25 58 2 17 .291 .359 .397 9 3 17 32 4 2 5 0 2
2000 Total 132 414 60 114 8 47 .275 .337 .411 22 5 35 80 6 4 12 3 5
2001 BAL A 128 436 49 109 7 48 .250 .329 .362 28 0 41 91 14 5 11 2 6
2002 BAL A 149 557 86 130 19 64 .233 .338 .404 30 4 70 108 20 1 16 2 7
2003 BAL A 96 344 68 109 15 48 .317 .418 .503 17 1 49 71 12 6 6 0 3
2004 BAL A 140 550 111 187 27 104 .340 .419 .562 41 0 66 95 11 6 11 0 10
2005 BAL A 149 593 86 168 27 88 .283 .348 .474 30 1 50 112 10 8 7 0 9
2006 BAL A 155 624 96 171 16 83 .274 .342 .391 25 0 54 99 14 6 11 1 9
2007 BAL A 126 467 67 128 14 58 .274 .341 .418 23 1 47 83 3 5 9 3 22
Total NL 145 246 41 61 6 31 .248 .312 .390 13 2 22 55 3 5 9 3 3
Total AL 996 3770 588 1060 127 510 .281 .360 .441 203 10 394 691 88 39 76 8 68
Total 1141 4016 629 1121 133 541 .279 .357 .438 216 12 416 746 91 44 85 11 71

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1999 NY N LF 28 0 45 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N 2B 4 0 9 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N CF 11 1 23 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N 3B 3 1 12 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N OF 45 1 78.2 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N RF 8 0 10.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N SS 1 1 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N 2B 4 1 14 3 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N SS 44 40 346.2 56 105 7 16 0 0 0 0 0 .958
2000 NY N LF 12 1 26 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N RF 3 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N OF 28 8 113 29 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .967
2000 NY N 3B 4 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N CF 16 7 81 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .957
2000 BAL A 2B 1 0 3 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 BAL A SS 52 52 448 78 160 12 32 1 0 0 0 0 .952
2000 Total 2B 5 1 17 5 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 Total SS 96 92 794.2 134 265 19 48 1 0 0 0 0 .955
2001 BAL A SS 43 37 333.1 69 125 7 21 0 0 0 0 0 .965
2001 BAL A OF 88 80 706.2 218 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2001 BAL A 2B 1 1 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
2001 BAL A CF 88 80 706.2 218 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2002 BAL A LF 74 63 588.2 161 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .988
2002 BAL A 2B 12 9 82.2 22 41 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2002 BAL A SS 41 36 309 57 108 7 17 0 0 0 0 0 .959
2002 BAL A RF 5 3 30 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 BAL A OF 104 97 876 253 9 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2002 BAL A CF 31 31 257.1 86 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2002 BAL A DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 BAL A OF 79 77 653.1 162 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .994
2003 BAL A CF 12 11 82 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 BAL A 1B 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 BAL A LF 56 54 468 118 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 BAL A SS 11 10 98.1 19 30 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2003 BAL A RF 13 12 103.1 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .955
2003 BAL A 2B 6 5 49.1 14 16 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 BAL A SS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 BAL A 3B 137 137 1210.1 122 258 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 .948
2004 BAL A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 BAL A 3B 148 148 1289.2 96 302 18 23 0 0 0 0 0 .957
2005 BAL A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 BAL A 3B 154 154 1323 101 296 17 18 0 0 0 0 0 .959
2006 BAL A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 BAL A 2B 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 BAL A 3B 120 120 1051.1 79 260 10 18 0 0 0 0 0 .971
2007 BAL A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 3B 566 561 4900.1 401 1121 66 81 0 0 0 0 0 .958
Total LF 170 118 1127.2 294 14 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 .994
Total SS 193 176 1543.1 279 529 34 91 1 0 0 0 0 .960
Total 1B 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total CF 158 130 1150 356 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .986
Total OF 344 263 2427.2 680 22 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 .989
Total 2B 29 16 169 42 73 3 19 0 0 0 0 0 .975
Total DH 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 29 15 150 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .968

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Houston Astros (March 30, 1991).
  • Granted free agency (October 17, 1997).
  • Signed by New York Mets (July 24, 1998).
  • Granted free agency (October 16, 1998).
  • Signed by New York Mets (February 2, 1999).
  • Traded by New York Mets with Leslie Brea, Pat Gorman and Mike Kinkade to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Mike Bordick (July 28, 2000).

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