Meet Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss came into the week rather hot, hitting 3 home runs in his past 6 games, and a trip to Detroit didn’t quite cool him off.
In a four game series this week against the Tigers, Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss hit 4 home runs and recorded 10 RBI’s while going 7 for 14 in the series with 4 walks.
He’s now up to 25 home runs on the year, so he has a ways to go in order to catch the top two AL sluggers, but at this rate, could it be done?
All jokes aside, whether Moss stays hot or not, he’s had an interesting trip through the big leagues, so let’s take a moment to talk about someone who isn’t Cabrera or Davis or Scherzer or the Dodgers. We’ll cast the spotlight elsewhere for a brief moment.
Moss was an 8th round draft pick of the Red Sox back in 2002. He was 18 years old, straight out of Loganville High School in Georgia and regarded primarily as a pitching and infield prospect. It was in 2007 when he got called up to the big leagues for the first time. He would play a total of 49 games in a season and a half for the Sox before he was sent packing.
On July 31st, 2008, a blockbuster deal sent All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers. It was a three-team deal that also included the Pittsburgh Pirates, where Moss ended up.
In two and a half years with the Pirates, Moss struggled to find consistency at the plate and he was sent down to AAA in 2010.
The following season, he worked his way through Philadelphia’s minor league system and played 5 games with the Phillies.
After that, he signed a minor league contract to the one team that turns mid-career journeymen into stars, the Oakland Athletics.
He was called up to the A’s on June 6, 2012 and made his presence known right off the bat, hitting 5 home runs in his first 4 games. At that point in his career, he’d only hit 5 home runs in the past 4 years. He also hit 2 walk-off home runs for the AL West winning A’s and finished the year with a total of 21 home runs in just 84 games. This season he’s leading the A’s with 25 home runs and he’s second to third baseman Josh Donaldson in RBI’s (Donaldson leads 77 to 68).
In a tight race for both the wildcard and the AL West division, Moss’s bat could potentially be one of the key determining factors in whether or not the A’s return to the postseason.