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Scott Moore was the youngest player on the 2006 Chicago Cubs.

A first-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 amateur draft, he had only hit .329 as a high school senior, very low for such a high draft choice, though he did homer 11 times in 76 AB. Moore was the third position player taken, following B.J. Upton and Prince Fielder. He was signed by scout Rob Wilfong for a $2.3 million bonus. Moore debuted with the 2002 GCL Tigers, hitting .293/.349/.459 and was rated the #16 prospect in the Gulf Coast League by Baseball America, one slot behind Joel Zumaya and three ahead of Zach Duke, 4 ahead of Brian McCann.

In 2003, Moore hit just .239/.325/.363 for the West Michigan Whitecaps in his first full season. He went down on strikes 110 times in 372 AB and homered 6 times. Moved to third base, he was poor defensively, fielding just .887. The next year, Scott homered 14 times and struck out 125 times in 391 AB with the Lakeland Tigers, batting .223/.322/.384 and fielding .903 at third. He led Florida State League third basemen in both errors (28) and putouts (84).

Moore was traded by Detroit to the Chicago Cubs with Bo Flowers and Roberto Novoa in exchange for Kyle Farnsworth. Returning to the FSL, Moore finally hit well in the minors, batting .281/.358/.485. He stole 22 bases in 29 tries, jacked 20 homers, driving in 82 and striking out 134 times in 128 games. His 9 sacrifice flies tied Joey Votto for the league lead. He still struggled with the glove, fielding .904. He made the 2005 Futures Game as a backup at third base to Andy LaRoche and went 0 for 2. Still just 21, he was rated the #15 prospect in the FSL by Baseball America. He led the league's third basemen in errors.

Moore spent most of 2006 with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, putting up a .276/.360/.479 line and homering 20 times. A Southern League All-Star at third, he got a September call-up to Chicago and hit .263 with some power in 16 games, with 2 doubles and 2 home runs, slugging .474. He had 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. In his first major league at-bat, he was hit by a pitch and scored a run from there. Defensively, he split his time between first base and third base, where the Cubs regulars were Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez respectively. Baseball America named him the top defensive third baseman in the Southern League.

In 2007, Moore hit .265/.373/.526 with 19 home runs in 103 games for the Iowa Cubs and went 0 for 5 with Chicago. On August 31, he was dealt with Rocky Cherry to the Baltimore Orioles for Steve Trachsel. He hit .255/.260/.362 in 17 games for the 2007 Orioles.

Main Sources: 2003-2007 Baseball Almanacs

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