If you haven’t heard of Boston Red Sox outfielder Brandon Moss, you better ask somebody!
Thanks to a ninth inning home run against Huston Street in the season opener against the Oakland A’s in Japan, Moss has all but cemented a future role with the team, though he will begin the season in Triple-A.
Moss has shown a good stroke since being drafted by the Red Sox in the 8th round of the 2002 Amateur Draft out of Loganville High School in Georgia.
After initially struggling while playing bit parts of the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Moss came of age in 2004 by smashing 15 home runs to go with 121 RBI and 21 SB between stints in A and high-A.
Moss followed-up his coming-out party in 2004 with three identical years in which he averaged 15 HR and 72 RBI with an OPS consistently pushing .800.
Unfortunately, the Red Sox outfield is somewhat crowded this year, but his chance should come soon, especially if the Sox deal Coco Crisp, as expected. This should open up the fourth outfield spot for Moss.
In the meantime, look for Moss to excel for Pawtucket, the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, while waiting for the call to The Show.
Moss has a couple of key rookie cards, both produced by Topps. His 2005 Topps Chrome certified autograph is tough to locate and get snapped up quickly for around $20, while his 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospect card has been picking up steam lately fetching a buck or two, but upwards of $15-20 in graded gem mint condition.