LHP Forrest Moore: College or Pro?

Parkview Baptist's Forrest Moore, a Mississippi State signee who is considered one of the top left-handed pitchers in the nation, is a prime candidate to be drafted during next week's Major League Baseball Draft. So, where is he leaning, college or pro?

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As you would expect from a guy who was one of the most highly recruited players in the nation this past year, pro scouts have made a path to Parkview Baptist to watch the very gifted youngster.

"Quite a few scouts came (to watch me play) this year," said the 6-3, 190-pounder. "It was from day-one all the way to the end."

And it wasn't just a scout or two that came to watch him. We are talking major prospect numbers.

"There were probably 5 to 10 (scouts at) every game," said Forrest, who throws his fastball in the 87-88 miles per hour range and tops out at 91. "Some games, we had good matchups with people that were going to get drafted, too, so I had two games where we had 15 or 20 scouts at the game."

Several scouts have talked to him, but none have provided enough information for him to know which round he will be drafted in.

"We've talked to a couple (scouts), but we'll just have to see how it goes because nobody knows for sure yet," said Forrest. "Everybody is saying they like me, but nobody knows for sure. We'll know next week."

So, is he leaning to college or to going pro?

"It's a tough situation, but either way will be good," said Forrest. "I would love to play at State, but if the situation is right and it would help me out in the long run, I would like to make a good decision on that. But State is a good option, too."

This past season, Forrest had a record of 6-3 with an earned run average of 1.30. He struck out 105 in 50 innings while giving up just 14 hits. All of his losses were by one run and were against teams that went deep into the playoffs, including the winner of the state title.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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