Starkville or Detroit?

One of the top signees in the Mississippi State baseball signing class, Forrest Moore, got a call from the Detroit Tigers on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft. The Louisville Slugger High School All-American will make his decision between the Tigers of Detroit and Mississippi State later this summer.

Forrest Moore Profile

The major league baseball draft can be an exhaustive process. 1,453 players were selected in the first year players' draft this past week. Mississippi State signee Forrest Moore was expected to be selected. The talented left hander tried to stick to his normal routine during the draft.

"We just kind of hung around the house doing usual stuff just waiting," said Moore. "I got a couple of calls from some other teams, but I turned them all down because the money wasn't right."

The Detroit Tigers selected Forrest with one of their 44 selections.

"They picked me and they said they are going to follow me around in the summer and then make me an offer afterwards to see if I will accept it or not," explained Forrest.

Moore was one of twenty-five pitchers taken by the Tigers, the eighth lefthander.

Last weekend The Parkview Baptist star got to take in the NCAA baseball regionals in Tallahassee. His collegiate teammates-to-be won the regional, three games to none.

"It was fun watching the games," said Moore. "It was a little more intense than the usual games. We had fun watching them play."

On Saturday the Bulldogs swept Clemson in Super-Regional play to earn a berth in the College World Series. The Diamond Dawgs have pitched it pretty well and the Forrest has taken notice."

"I stayed home and watched on TV this weekend," said Moore. "I think they have a pretty good pitching staff. Coach McNickle calls me every now and then. I like Coach McNickle a lot."

Moore has plans to play some summer ball before making a final decision between college and pro baseball later this summer.

"I am just going to see how things go day by day," said the 2006 Louisiana Player of the Year. "I am just playing on some teams around here. I am just getting in shape for next year."

As far as next year goes, the talented hurler is unsure of where he will call home. As things stand now the Detroit Tigers have some ground to make up.

"They are going to make me an offer before I go to State and see if I accept it," said Forrest. "We will just see how it goes. Right now I am leaning towards going to State."

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