AFL Beat: Q&A with Scott Moore

Scott Moore's season didn't end when most minor league players' had, nor most major leaguers for that matter.

The 22-year-old Cubs prospect continues his work in the Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox. Through 13 games, he's batting .239 (11-for-46) with a five-game hitting streak and eight-game on-base streak.

Moore batted .276 with 22 home runs and 75 games in his first Double-A season earlier this year and was named to the Southern League's mid-season All-Star Game, where he won MVP honors with a 3-for-4 showing that included two home runs.

From there, he got the promotion to Triple-A Iowa for one game in September and the following day received the call-up to Chicago, where he would make his big league debut.

Since joining the Fall League, Moore has played a wide variety of positions in addition to his default spot: third base.

Q: Do you feel that getting better acquainted at some of these new positions is the primary reason behind your stint in the Fall League?

A: Well, I'm playing third, short, first and the other day the outfield just so I can get some extra at-bats. It could be a combination of both [getting extra at-bats and getting familiarized with new positions], but obviously I'm learning the positions so it's giving me some extra options. As far as being out here in the Fall League, I do feel it's about getting the extra at-bats.

Q: Did you feel you got enough at-bats in the regular season?

A: To be honest, I don't even know how many at-bats I had. There are always thing to improve on.

Q: What would some of those things be?

A: Just going up to the plate with a good approach and an idea every at-bat; not throwing at-bats away. That's stuff I've been working on the past couple of years and I still think it's a key to having good at-bats – going up there with an idea of what to do and knowing the situation.

Q: You got up to Chicago in September and hit a couple of home runs to get your feet a little wet up there. What can you say about the experience of making your big league debut after being an All-Star at AA this same year?

A: It was a great experience. I got a little taste of the big leagues and now I have to go out, work hard and get back there somehow. It was obviously a great experience. There were a bunch of great guys up there. It was exciting.

Q: Was it also overwhelming to play in front of some of the big crowds for the first time?

A: I don't know if I would say it was overwhelming, but it was definitely exciting.

Q: What are some of your observations of the Fall League thus far and the level of competition you've faced?

A: The competition is great. Obviously, you want to play well out here against the top competition, but at the same time, you have to use it as a learning experience – to work on the defensive stuff, or the offensive stuff. For a pitcher, [it's about] working on mechanics or maybe a new pitch. It's just a lot of good competition out there.

Q: Congratulations on being named to the "Rising Stars Showcase" game. Did you have any reaction when you heard the news?

A: It was cool, it was an honor. Just wanted to go out and try to win it.


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