Pirates Prospect Interview: Max Moroff

Altoona Curve second baseman Max Moroff is off to a great start this season. A 16th-round pick in the 2012 draft, the 22-year old second baseman is batting .319 with two home runs and 11 RBI. PiratesDugout.com caught up with Moroff recently.

PD – You've been feeling good since the start of the season. Are you doing anything different at the plate?

MM – I've been feeling good, I started off slow this season and I've been working with Kevin Riggs our hitting coach and he made an adjustment to my swing with my rhythm and I've been hitting balls all over the yard and I'm getting an out or getting a hit, so I'm feeling pretty good right now.

PD – Expand a little on what you've changed at the plate?

MM – “I was too tense before I'd swing the bat, I guess. (Riggs) just thought I should have some more rhythm before the pitch is thrown. I listened to him and tried it out, and it's working, so I've stuck to it. It's just a little bit of movement before the pitch is thrown. It's nothing special, but it's helped me out.

PD – What about your comfort level, you played last year at High A Bradenton. What about the difference going from High A to Double A?

MM – Definitely the game has speeded up at Double A, the guys are faster and stronger. But so far it's not a big adjustment for me so far.

PD – Would you say your game is getting on base and you are a stolen base threat. What type of player are you?

MM – Definitely I'm a top of the order type guy and I try to put some really good at bats together and let some other guys see some pitches and get on base and let the big guys drive me in. I'm really not a home run guy. I try to get on base for the guys behind me.

PD – You are batting second behind Keon Broxton and in front of Josh Bell, that sounds like a pretty good one, two, three punch. What is it like to be sandwiched between those two guys?

MM – That's awesome, Keon is doing really well and Josh is doing really well. When they get on I try to move them over and drive them in. If that doesn't work out I've got Josh behind me.

PD – What about defensively you've been paired most of the time with Gift Ngoepe as your shortstop. How has that been going?

MM – Oh man Gift is the best defensive shortstop I've ever seen playing baseball professionally, he's been awesome and practicing with him and him giving me tips at second base is pretty cool.

PD – What's it like to play with an outstanding pitching staff at Altoona?

MM – It's definitely fun to play behind them. All the pitchers this year especially the starters they have been dominant. It's always fun to play behind them.


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