2022 High Level Arizona (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -0.7 years
SSS rank among all second basemen in the system 7
Overall 2022 stats 19 games ⚾️ 2 HR ⚾️ 12 RBI ⚾️ .297/.358/.473 ⚾️ 6 BB ⚾️ 23 K
Not much was known about Venezuela native Javier Mora when he signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Jan. 24, 2020. Of course, he wasn’t able to play his first professional game until 2021, due to Covid-19.
Rustiness was evident in his 2021 results for the DSL Sox, as Mora slashed just .152/.292/.192 in 99 at-bats with four doubles, four RBIs, three stolen bases, 18 walks (15.0%), 27 strikeouts (22.5%) and 56 wRC+. He handled every ball hit his direction defensively, although his range was below average at both second and short. Mora was at league-average in age, but it seemed like a return to the Dominican may be in order until he can step up his offensive game.
However, the White Sox pushed Mora’s development and gave him the challenge of a Stateside assignment in 2022 — and the second baseman responded. He was South Side Sox’s first ACL monthly MVP, for June. So before Mora’s season ended on July 11, he was doing really well, with a 126 wRC+. His 81 plate appearances were helped by a .408 BABIP, and a 28.4% K-rate is concerning. But he got enough hits, and a .176 ISO is pretty good; it was just a very small sample size in the ACL.
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Team Winning Percentage .441
Whatever Mora’s injury in 2022, he is healthy now and has been working out back home in San Felipe this offseason — so the White Sox could continue to push him and send him to Kannapolis to start 2023. More likely, however, is prep time in Arizona, awaiting a delayed start to the season with the Cannon Ballers.