Max Anthony Moroff...Is a 2012 graduate of Trinity Prep School in Winter Park, FL...Went 80-for-80 in stolen base attempts during his high school career...Was an All-District Central Florida first-team selection as a senior after hitting .408 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .594 on-base percentage... Produced a .458 average, four homers and 19 stolen bases as a junior...Commited to the University of Central Florida prior to signing with Pittsburgh...Was a member of the Maitland (FL) Little League team that represented the Southeast in the 2005 Little League World Series...His team advanced to the semi-final round before losing, 6-2, to the Vista (CA) team that went on to play in the US Championship Game...Served as the team's leadoff batter and went 4-for-10 with four runs scored in his four games during the tournament...Signed by Pirates scout Nick Presto.
Split season between Triple-A Indianapolis and Pittsburgh...Made 28 appearances (13 starts) at second base, 16 appearances (10 starts) at shortstop and six appearances (three starts) at third base for the Pirates...Began season with Indianapolis and homered in each of his first three games... Homered from both sides of the plate on 5/6...Shared the International League lead in home runs (eight) at the time of his first recall to Pittsburgh on 5/8...Made his first big league start at second base on 5/8 at Los Angeles (NL)...Singled off Luis Avilan for first Major League hit and RBI on 5/9 at Los Angeles... Went 1-for-9 in four games with the Pirates before returning to Triple-A on 5/12...Celebrated his 24th birthday on 5/13 by hitting his ninth homer of the season - a new single-season career high...Homered from both sides of the plate for a second time on 5/17 at Columbus and was leading the International League with 12 home runs on 5/18...Was tied for first in the International League in home runs (13), ranked second in OPS (.954) and was tied for fifth in RBI (36) when he was recalled a second time by Pittsburgh on 6/2...Appeared as the leadoff batter for the first time on 6/12 vs. Colorado and scored two runs and had an RBI...Connected off St. Louis' Carlos Martinez for his first Major League home run on 7/16 at PNC Park...Scored the tying run in the ninth inning on 7/19 vs. Milwaukee and delivered first career walkoff hit in the 10th, becoming the first MLB player since San Diego's Will Venable on 5/29/13 vs. Seattle to score the tying run of a game as a pinch runner in the ninth inning and deliver a game-ending hit in extra innings...Had three hits in four at bats from 7/16-19 after starting his career with four hits in his first 49 at bats...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 8/6... Played in nine Triple-A games before being recalled a third and final time on 8/18...Homered and had a career-high four RBI on 9/4 vs. Chicago (NL)...Had a three-run triple in his final at bat on 9/30 at Washington and a three-run double in his first at bat the following game on 10/1...Tied career high (second time) with four RBI on 10/1 at Washington...Hit .278 (20-for-72) with three homers and 17 RBI in his final 34 games with the Pirates after going 4-for-48 (.083) with four RBI in his first 22 thru 7/9.
Spent all but one week of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he led the International League in walks - the next highest total was 66...Drew multiple walks in a game 23 times, including a pair of three-walk efforts...Tied for third in the league in games, three shy of his career-high of 136 in 2015...Reached base safely in 23 consecutive games from 6/12 to 7/5, the ninth-longest streak in the league in 2016 (batted .297 with a .465 OBP over that span)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 7/31 and made his Major League debut that afternoon in Milwaukee; struck out as a pinch hitter against lefty Will Smith...Also struck out in a pinch-hitting role on 8/3 at Atlanta...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 8/4...Made 61 appearances (60 starts) at second base, 43 appearances (37 starts) at third base and 20 appearances (17 starts) at shortstop while playing with Indianapolis.
Established minor league career highs in nearly every offensive category while spending entire season with Double-A Altoona...Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player-of-the-Year and the team MVP at Altoona...Was also selected to the Eastern League's mid- and post-season All-Star teams...Led the league in games, at bats and runs...Also ranked second in hits, third in walks and fourth in total bases (214)...Set a club record for most hits in a season by a switch-hitter and his 153 hits were the most by a Curve player since Starling Marte had a franchise-record 178 in 2011...Posted the highest fielding percentage (.978) among qualifying second basemen and led all Eastern League second basemen in assists (330) and double plays (76); finished second in putouts (215)...Produced a 30-game on-base streak from 4/10 to 5/15, the longest of the season by any player in the league and three shy of the club record...Made 107 starts at second base, 12 at shortstop and 11 at third base...Began the month of May with an 11-game hitting streak (20-for-47, .426) and hit .345 during the entire month...Had multi-hit efforts in six straight games from 5/5-10 while batting .520 (13-for-25)...Had a season-best 12-game hitting streak from 6/8-21...Hit three of his seven home runs in a five-game span from 8/8-13.
Spent entire season with High- A Bradenton...Tied for second among Pittsburgh farmhands in games played...Led Florida State League second basemen in fielding percentage (.980), games (123), total chances (647) putouts (239), assists (395) and double plays (88)...Also made five appearances (four starts) at shortstop...Established minor league career high in doubles and stolen bases...Had a four-hit game on 6/21 at Jupiter...Went 1-for-7 in the postseason.
Spent first full professional season with Low-A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League...Made all 110 defensive appearances (109 starts) at shortstop...Set minor league career high in home runs...Hit .304 with two homers and 14 RBI in 21 games during the month of June... Went 2-for-8 with a run scored and a pair of walks in two playoff games.
Began professional career with the Gulf Coast League Champion Pirates...Made all 21 defensive appearances (20 starts) at shortstop... Went 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored in his first pro game on 7/24...Had three hits in his next game on 7/26...Hit .370 (20-for-54) against right-handed pitching...Hit .154 in three playoff games (2-for-13)