Moore, selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 30th round of the 2011 First-Year's Players Draft out of Brookwood High School in Georgia, appeared in 15 games in 2011 and collected 49 at bats for a .184 average. But he is no longer in his rookie season for the GCL Red Sox.
"I've been down here all year and I played a little bit last year so I can help out the new guys moving forward," Moore commented. "A leader works hard every day. They are the first person here and the last person to leave. So it's about doing the little things and the extra stuff as an example."
Hitting coach UL Washington has taken notice of the little things Moore does around the minor league clubhouse.
"His footwork has gotten better defensively," Washington said, "and he's one of the first guys in the cage every morning; his work ethic is outstanding.
"It's all about a lot of these kids coming in and trusting what we are trying to teach them. They have to trust and get results from what we try to work with them on. Nick's been a willing participant. He usually tries to do what we are trying to get him to do."
The Red Sox began the season facing the GCL Tampa Bay Rays and after making numerous barehanded plays in the home opener, Moore still wasn't satisfied with his game. He hopes to improve his defensive glove as well as his offense at the plate.
"You can improve on everything, but I'm looking to become more consistent hitting-wise," Moore said. "It's really all about the things we do every day, but I'm just trying to get better across the board with consistency."
"Consistency is what every baseball player is looking for," GCL Red Sox manager George Lombard added. "The difference between a Triple-A player and a Major League player is consistency. You can go see a Triple-A player look like a Major Leaguer for a week, but can't sustain it.
"Everybody, Nick too, has to become more consistent hitting the ball, more consistent putting the ball in play, more consistent getting a bunt down, more consistent fielding, more consistent throwing. These guys are drafted because they have talent, and signed because they have talent, and it's our job to develop it."
Mentally preparing for each at-bat is an added focus for the switch-hitter this year.
"I'm always looking to let the ball travel and hit it opposite field," Moore noted. "I'm constantly watching the pitcher in the dugout and on-deck to see what he does and prepare myself. I want to try and pick up things pitch-wise to try and help myself out at the plate."
The team took the field at JetBlue Park at Fenway South for their first contest of the GCL regular season, and Moore loved every moment of it.
"The new stadium [JetBlue Park] is sweet," remarked a beaming Moore. "It's much more comfortable here than the last park, which was a little outdated."
How does Lombard further develop Moore's talent this season?
"I like to tell guys here that there are no secrets. Everyone thinks we are going to come out and hit colored balls and do all these drills when you're down on one knee," the manager said with a laugh. "But that's not it.
"We're going to field ground balls, throw baseballs, catch baseballs, we're going to hit and we're gonna do it everyday."
The team also has the opportunity to train and develop in an brand new complex – one that the nineteen year old plans to take full advantage of.
"There is so much more hands-on training," Moore said. "We are treated pretty well here and the fields are immaculate. There are more cages to get swings in and better equipment all around us to use for improvement every day.
"With more space here, we have a bigger weight room and more things we can do off the field to help us on the field."
Days into his second season in Fort Myers, third baseman Nick Moore was speaking like a leader driven by nothing short of hard work.
"It's about the reps and not so much quantity, but doing things the right way quality-wise. And that's what he's been doing," Washington stressed.
"His defense has gotten so much better, his footwork, his throwing action. He had a long throwing motion when he first got here, so that's shortened up quite a bit."
The veteran hitting coach also shed light on Moore's improved confidence.
"It's all about realizing that you can play this game with the people that are here," Washington added. "That's really what happens here. When he has success or sees players having success doing the things we teach everyday, he'll feel like he belongs. It's success that breeds confidence."
Moore Looking to Lead Sox Season
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