One of the most surprising revelations for the Diamondbacks this season came in the form of catcher Gabriel Moreno.
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays via trade, Moreno, at just 23 years old, emerged as a breakout star, making a significant impact on both ends of the field.
Along with leading all qualified catchers in dWAR during the regular season, Moreno played a large role in his team’s success during their improbable postseason run.
While he hit only seven home runs during the regular season, Moreno’s bat came alive in October, contributing four crucial home runs.
However, it was his exceptional glove work and strategic play calling that truly set him apart.
Despite guiding an inexperienced pitching staff, Moreno adeptly led his pitchers through matchups against some of the biggest names in the game.
In the National League Division Series (NLDS), superstars Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts managed just one hit in 21 combined at-bats.
Then, in the final two games of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), trailing 3-2 in the series, Moreno orchestrated a pitching performance that held Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, and Kyle Schwarber to a mere 1-20 combined.
While the Diamondbacks fell short in Game 5 of the World Series, there is palpable excitement surrounding the team’s young core.
Including Moreno, the Diamondbacks had three other players on their postseason starting roster who were 23 years old.
So, he was not wrong when he shared on Instagram, “Thanks to the DBacks fans for all the support; we will come back stronger.”
The future looks promising for the Diamondbacks, with Moreno leading the charge behind the plate.