08 June 2005

Brandon Moss Update

Moss is feeling it- talk about a turnaround! Let's look at his numbers on May 25th:

2005 (as of 5.25.05)
.224/ .306/ .360, 125 AB, 28 H, 8 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 40 SO, 3 SB

And now, his updated numbers as of last night's game:

.294/ .370/ .500, 170 AB, 50 H, 14 2B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 21 BB, 46 SO, 3 SB

I seriously had to double check to make sure I was looking at the right player page. The most striking jump is the power numbers- a 140 pt. leap in SLG% in a couple of weeks. Really great news.

Box from 6.1.05 | L, 1-4 to New Hampshire

Box from 6.3.05 | W, 10-3 over New Britain
2-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Box from 6.4.05 (Game One) | W, 10-9 over New Britain
3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB

Box from 6.4.05 (Game Two) | W, 6-4 over New Britain
2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 HR

Box from 6.7.05 | L, 1-4 to Reading
1-for-3, 2B, BB

Here's a nice story on Brandon's upbringing and his life leading up to baseball:

Moss, 21, is the top outfield prospect for the Boston Red Sox, according to Baseball America. He did little when he came to Portland in April. But he has sizzled over the last three weeks, going 27 for 64 in his last 18 games. In that time, he has raised his average 89 points, to .293, with seven home runs and 26 RBI.

Why the turnaround? Moss stopped thinking so much.

"I struggled when I first got here," Moss said, "and, all of a sudden, all the mechanical things popped in my head."

Moss, 6-foot, 181 pounds, is a natural athlete. He could always hit, but he was also considered a top pitching prospect coming out of Loganville (Ga.) High School. He had a scholarship lined up with the University of Georgia. But the Red Sox picked him in the eighth round of the 2002 draft and wanted him to hit. He gave up his scholarship.

And Moss can hit - usually. He scuffled in his first two seasons of pro ball, batting .204 in the rookie Gulf Coast League in 2002, and then .237 the next year at short-season Lowell.

"I struggled and they kept having me try new things, stuff I wasn't comfortable with," Moss said. "I was hitting around .190 with about two weeks left (in Lowell).

"I said the heck with it, I'm not going to worry about it. I'm just going to hit, and I ended up near .240."

Moss took that momentum into 2004 and had a breakthrough year, hitting .339, with 13 home runs and 101 RBI in lower Class A. He was named the South Atlantic League MVP. He was promoted to advanced Class A for 23 games and hit .422.

Baseball America, which ranks prospects, did not have Moss among Boston's top 30 in 2004. For 2005, the magazine ranked him No. 2, behind Hanley Ramirez.

From Baseball American's Daily Dish, 6.6.05:

Last week we reported that Double-A Portland outfielder Brandon Moss was heating up, but that was an understatement. In the last week, Moss raised his batting average 75 points and is now hitting .293/.370/.497 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 167 at-bats. Over the weekend, Moss went 8-for-14 with a pair of homers and five RBIs against New Britain.

Game recap from Brandon's best game of the year on June 4th:

In the second game, Brandon Moss hit two home runs to propel Portland to a 6-4 win. The sweep gave the Sea Dogs (29-20) sole possession of first place in the Eastern League's Northern Division, a half-game ahead of New Hampshire.

  • Brandon Moss Update- 6.2.05

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  • Brandon Moss Update- 5.16.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 5.4.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 4.20.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 4.13.05

  • Brandon Moss Update- 3.30.05

    .284/ .333/ .428, 194 AB, 55 H, 33 R, 8 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 13 BB, 26 SO,
    15 SB

    .314/ .395/ .500, 194 AB, 61 H, 30 R, 13 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 25 BB, 19 SO,
    5 SB

    ANIBAL SANCHEZ | T:R | SP (Wilmington High A)
    4-1, 1.93 ERA, 56 IP, 12 ER, 39 H, 14 BB, 74 K, 2 HR, 0.76 WHIP, 11.89 K/9 IP

    JON LESTER | T:L | SP (Portland- AA)
    3-1, 2.98 ERA, 57.1 IP, 50 H, 19 ER, 19 BB, 59 K, 4 HR, 1.20 WHIP, 9.27 K/9 IP

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