Cubs Prospect Interview: Tyrell Moore

MESA, Ariz. - Meet Tyrell Moore. The left-handed pitcher was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cubs last year after compiling over 100 strikeouts in each of his last two seasons at Albany State University in Georgia.

Moore was All-Conference his final two seasons at ASU, a member of the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He posted an 8-3 record and 3.63 ERA for the Golden Rams one year after leading all of Division II baseball in strikeouts with 126 in 2003.

Being a strikeout-savvy pitcher was something Moore had to get used to.

"I guess it's sort of funny," Moore said. "I don't really throw that hard, so I suppose all of the strikeouts were because of the movement I have on my pitches. It was a very surreal experience."

He went on to explain his repertoire:

"The fastball I throw is mostly two-seem in the upper 80's. I have a very good changeup. My strikeout pitch has always been my slider. I really just stick with those three pitches; they are the ones that really seem to work for me. My slider is almost like an 11-5 movement. Like most sliders, I throw it where I'd start my fastball and it will just dial out of the zone at the last second."

Moore takes pride in being a tireless worker. Because he doesn't feature overpowering stuff, he was able to go deep into the late innings during many of his outings with the Rams. In one start during his final season at Albany State, the southpaw logged 138 pitches.

"That's obviously kind of a high number, but most of the games I started, I finished," Moore said. "My pitch counts were almost always in the 100's, because I was just a strikeout pitcher."

Moore is currently working with the Cubs in extended spring training. He hopes he will pitch at Boise some time after the short-season Class-A Hawks kick off 2005. To pass the time when he's not on the playing field or in the weight room, Moore admits to being a hardcore gamer.

"Me and some of the guys, we play a lot of video games," Moore says with a laugh. "It keeps you out of trouble. I'm addicted to them."

A native of Columbus, Ga., Moore says he grew up idolizing a left-handed pitcher that needs no introduction in his hometown (or anywhere else): Tom Glavine.

"The scouts have never really compared me to anybody," Moore said, "but I always loved watching Glavine pitch. Like me, he was a left-hander. He was always someone I could sort of imitate."

For Tyrell Moore, he hopes one day someone will imitate him.

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