MSU's Tyler Moore: A Late Bloomer

Based on his stats the last couple of years at Meridian Community College and currently at Mississippi State, it would probably come as a surprise that MSU first baseman Tyler Moore, who is currently hitting .298 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI for the Bulldogs, was not a hot shot recruit coming out of high school.

"Yeah, I was a late bloomer," said Tyler Moore, who hit .350 his junior year in high school, then earned Louisville Slugger All-American and Mississippi Player of the Year honors after hitting .473 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI his senior season. "My junior year in high school was an average year for me, but I hit it pretty big my senior year and was able to get the opportunity to go to Meridian (Community College), which is one of the finer (baseball) junior college schools."

He also was given another opportunity - the opportunity to go pro out of high school.

"I was drafted out of high school but was a D&F (Draft and Follow), then went to Meridian (Community College) and was drafted again after my first year," said Moore, a 41st round selection by the Washington Nationals as a senior in high school and a 33rd round selection by the same club at the conclusion of his freshman season at MCC.

During his freshman season at MCC he hit .300 with 15 home runs and knocked in 49 RBI. Due to what they saw, several four-year schools came a-calling with Mississippi State winning out for his signature. But several members of his family would have liked to have seen him go a little north of Starkville.

"A lot of my family liked Ole Miss," said Moore, who chose State over Arkansas and Ole Miss. "They were always trying to get me to go to Ole Miss, but my buddies and me were State fans. That's really how I became a State fan."

And the Bulldog faithful couldn't be happier with his decision to wear maroon and white instead of red and blue, especially of late.

After an early season slump that saw him hit .250 with 4 home runs and 16 RBI in 96 at-bats, Moore has come on strong during the last 16 games, hitting .369 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI in 65 plate appearances. He explained the difference in his hitting.

"I feel pretty locked in right and am trying to make it as simple as possible, get back to the basics and try to just hit the ball hard," said Moore.

Hard as in home run hard. But the home runs don't really surprise Moore even in a home run desert such as Dudy Noble Field.

"I've always been a power-hitter," said Moore. "My senior year in high school I hit 16 home runs. My first year at Meridian I didn't have much of an average but I hit 15 home runs. And last year I had 19 home runs."

While Moore has been fairly pleased with his hitting results this season, one thing he's not happy about is the way the season has gone won-loss wise. And he's more concerned about how it's affecting a person he has a lot of respect for.

"For (MSU head baseball) Coach (Ron) Polk, I hate to see us have a season like this," said Moore of the 18-26 season. "The guy is so optimistic, so positive. He's like your granddad, a person you always like talking to. He's just a great coach."

But Moore and his teammates haven't given up on the season just yet and are hoping for much better results beginning with their three-game SEC series against the Auburn Tigers this coming weekend.

"We we are trying to get that (Mississippi State) spirit back so we can send Coach Polk out in good fashion," said Moore.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, 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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