Monday, December 27, 2004

Brandon Moss Report

I'll spend the next couple of weeks catching up with some of the organizations I have...well, ignored is probably the wrong word. I've given a lot of reports on prospects from the Royals and A's and very little time talking about systems like the Rangers, BoSox, Mets, Mariners, and White Sox. It's time to rectify that.

Brandon Moss, RF, Boston Red Sox
Drafted 238th Overall (8th Rd), 2002 Draft, HS, Lovanville, GA
Bats L/Throws R
21 YO, 6'0", 180 lbs

Talk about a big step forward. In 2003, Moss hit .237/.290/.430 in the New York-Penn League. In 2004, he terrorized pitchers in the South Atlantic and Florida State Leagues. He spent most of the season in Augusta, hitting .339/.402/.515 with 25 doubles, 6 triples, 13 home runs, 46 walks, and 75 K's in 433 at bats. Then, upon being promoted to Sarasota, he hit .422/.462/.542 in 83 at bats.

Most of the improvement is probably genuine development. It took Moss 2 years to adapt to professional pitching. Now that he's managed, he looks like a pretty nice prospect. He's also good defensively, and while he hasn't stolen many bases, he's not slow.

ETA: 2007
3 1/2 Stars

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