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Astros promote Colin Moran to majors

The former UNC standout will make his major-league debut for Houston.

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The Astros will promote prospect Colin Moran to the majors for tonight's game, according to Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com. According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, Moran will see time at both third base and designated hitter for Houston.

Moran, 23, is currently ranked as the 6th-best prospect in Houston's system by MLB.com. He was drafted as the 6th overall pick out of the University of North Carolina by the Marlins in 2013, and was traded to Houston two years ago in the Marlins' deal for Jarred Cosart.

In 32 games at Triple-A Fresno this year, Moran has hit .288/.331/.416 with three homers and 22 RBI. He is the owner of a career .299/.356/.426 line in parts of four minor-league seasons.

Moran is an offense-first third baseman, who is known for a strong contact tool but has not developed power throughout his time in the minors. His defense has been criticized at times in the minors, explaining why Houston may utilize him as a designated hitter.