Brandon Moss enjoys some sunshine in Fort Myers. (AP Photo)
In SawxBlog's last player to watch segment we focused on right handed prospect Justin Masterson, so it seems rather fitting that we shift focus to that of a position player this go around. Brandon Moss is the player of focus today and he could be the next Sox outfielder to come from our farm system and make a difference with the big league club. If Jacoby Ellsbury has truly proven that he's now a major league player, which is something I hope for, but wonder how he'll handle an elongated stay with the big club, then Moss could be right behind him if the opportunities present themselves. Unfortunately for a Sox fan, an opportunity for Moss may mean an injury to a J.D. Drew or Bobby Kielty, but hey, that's sometimes how these things happen.
Moss has made two small stints with the Red Sox so far and after his September 1st call up last year he went 6/18 (.333) in only 12 games. Moss is RF with a good arm and above average speed who is known for having (much like Masterson) a great character and work ethic, which is a trend we'd love to see continue to come out of our farm system.
The very excellent SoxProspects.com has the following to say in their breakdown of Moss:
"Athletic outfielder with a very strong arm. Excellent approach at the plate - good swing with a refined power and on base ability. Hits to all fields. Slightly above average speed for a right fielder. Solid in the field. Tough competitor. Fantastic teammate and individual who takes joy in playing the game. Moss possesses a good mental approach to the game, able to evaluate his mistakes while still not harping on them."
Brandon Moss was AAA Pawtucket's MVP last year and also represented the PawSox in the International League All-Star game. While at face value it seems very crowded up at the big league level, the season is long and unpredictable, and I'd expect to see Moss make that infamous trip from Pawtucket up 95 to Boston more then a few times this year.