With the promotion to Double-A of Bubba Starling, fellow outfielder Logan Moon has seen his playing time increase with High-A Wilmington. With that increase has come better numbers at the plate.
Moon left April hitting just .226 with 17 strikeouts in 15 games (53 at-bats). In the month of May, he is hitting .440 in nine games (25 at-bats). He has six RBIs and three walks to just three strikeouts. He is now in the top ten in the Carolina League in batting average.
Any secrets to the success?
“Me and our hitting coach Abraham Nunez, we talk about approach. I don’t think it’s the swing. Some of it’s where I’m hitting the ball. Some of it’s where it’s falling, where it’s going. Sometimes you can’t control stuff like that.”
It just so happens that his fiance came to town (and still is in town) on April 29th.
In Saturday night’s comeback victory over Lynchburg, Moon went 2-for-2 with a triple (his first), two walks, two stolen bases, and an RBI. He picked up two more hits on Sunday afternoon.
Was it nice to get that first triple out of the way (he hit five in rookie ball in 2013)? “Yes and no. I wasn’t aware that I didn’t have any…now that you said it, it’s nice to get it out of the way.”
Moon stole 16 bases in rookie ball in 2013 and now has stolen a team-leading six so far this season.
“[Coach Brian] Bocock is really good at letting us know times, tendencies, and things like that to look for on my own. Bocock has done a really good job lately on telling me ‘this guy does this, this guy does that’. Just trying to stay relaxed and not get too tense or antsy.”
Blue Rocks manager Brian Buchanan has shuffled his outfield foursome around since the Starling promotion. Does Moon care about moving around?
“I don’t. Everyone’s been moving, which is nice because you never know what position you get stuck at. It’s nice to play them all and not have too many games at one spot in a row. It’s nice to keep moving and never get too comfortable.”
The Blue Springs, Missouri native is playing in his first full professional season after being a sixth round pick in last June’s MLB Draft. So what has this first season been like?
“Since it’s such a long season, it still seems like a small piece. There’s a difference in play, obviously. Not only the pitching, but offensively, it’s fun to watch these guys hit. It’s fun watching them play defense. They made plays here that I’ve never seen before. Just some awesome plays up the middle and in the outfield. It’s cool to have some rehab guys like Rafael Furcal. He’s got like 14, 16 years in the league or something like that. It’s cool to be around him.”
Moon has been a big reason why the Blue Rocks offense has been much better than in recent seasons (tops in average in the league) and another reason why the team has moved into first place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.