DOB: 09/16/1983 (Age 32)
Place Of Birth: Monroe, Georgia
Teams: Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals
Brandon Moss grew up near Atlanta in the small town of Monroe, where he attended Loganville High School. During his youth, Moss played football and baseball for Loganville, the same high school that produced the Cleveland Indians' 1st round pick, Clint Frazier. Moss elected to make the jump straight from high school to professional baseball, and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th Round of the 2001 MLB Draft.
Moss was actually drafted as an infielder and pitcher, and would make a gradual transition to the outfield as he got older. The road to the show was bumpy for Moss, as he spent many years in the minors before making his Red Sox debut in 2007. However, that stint in Boston was short-lived, as Moss would be traded to Pittsburgh a year later. In Pittsburgh, Moss struggled to keep his spot in right field, and was released.
Then, in 2011, Moss' career was resurrected by the Oakland Athletics, who signed him to a minor league contract. After being on the brink of retirement, Moss was able to improve his game and even become an All-Star in 2014. After the A's faltered down the stretch in 2014, they decided to rebuild and trade Moss to the Cleveland Indians.
On July 30, 2015, the Indians traded Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Moss had a decent second half with the Cardinals, highlighted by a walk-off home run against the Washington Nationals on September 1, 2015. Moss agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million contract with the Cardinals on January 15, 2016.
As A Player
Position(s): Outfielder and First Baseman
Bats: L Throws: R
Lifetime Line: .243/.322/.450
If you want to talk about serious power hitters on the 2016 Cardinals Roster, you have to include Brandon Moss in that conversation. Moss brings significant pop to the ballpark every day, and can be a major factor in RBI production for the Cardinals this upcoming season. Otherwise, Moss tends to strikeout a lot, but he can draw a good number of walks as well.
At his best, Moss is hitting 5th or 6th in the order, coming up to the plate with men in scoring position and finding ways to drive them in. As a runner, Moss poses essentially no threat (he replaces this with his bat). In the outfield, Moss has an average to above average arm with limited range due to his lack of speed. He can also provide some solid defense at first base if needed.