Red Sox grab Alabama outfielder Ben Moore in eighth round

June 06, 2014 - 1:55 pm

In the eighth round, the Red Sox added a college position player in Ben Moore from the University of Alabama. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene as a freshman All-American in 2012, when he hit .342 with a .412 OBP and .432 slugging mark. The average and OBP ultimately represented high-water marks for his college career. However, he bounced back from something of a down year as a sophomore to hit .305/.367/.481 as a junior, with his nine homers (in 61 games) exceeding his total from his prior two years, earning second-team all-SEC honors in the process. Moore shows impressive command of the strike zone, as evidenced by the fact that he walked nearly as much (63 times) as he struck out (71); he was the toughest hitter to strike out in the SEC in 2014. Though Moore caught early in his college career, he rarely played anything but the outfield after his freshman year.