The Washington Nationals have promoted first baseman and outfielder Tyler Moore to the big leagues from their Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs. Moore will replace Mark DeRosa on the roster who is expected to go to the disabled list.
MLB.com first reported Moore's call-up, he will join fellow prospect Bryce Harper just one day after his major league debut. Moore was Harper's teammate in Syracuse and leads the team in home runs (7) and RBI (20). Both of those numbers rank fourth in the International League.
Moore was a 16th round pick of the Nats in 2008 out of Mississippi State University. He was the Nationals minor league player of the year in 2010.
The 25-year-old Moore has huge power potential with 31 home runs in each of his last two seasons. He has succeeded at every minor league stop in the Nationals' farm system and will have a chance to do the same in the majors. He was auditioned in left field at Syracuse for several games, but it is unclear where Davey Johnson will place him.
DeRosa heads to the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. He has had a rough start to 2012 with an .081 average and three hits in 44 plate appearances.