Former Redhawk visits home after minor league season
Former Southeast Missouri State University baseball player Trenton Moses has been taking full advantage of his time back home since completing his first minor league season.
Moses has been relaxing and staying in shape until he heads back to spring training camp in Orlando, Fla. next March.
Moses also got married to Angie Clubb-Moses, a Southeast alumna, over Labor Day weekend. The wedding was held in Gordonville at the Water's Edge. They have been together since high school.
"Right now I'm working out trying to stay in shape for spring training next year in March," Moses said. "I'll be working out and hitting with the baseball team here."
Moses started playing for Southeast in 2008. He was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer team, was the only true freshman in the lineup and played 44 of 48 games that season.
"Coach Hogan gave me an opportunity as a freshman to play, which was great," Moses said. "From then on, I played pretty much every single game until I got hurt. But I learned a lot from coach Cafalone as far as hitting."
Coach Mark Hogan announced his retirement July 30, after 18 seasons at Southeast. He led the Redhawks to an OVC regular-season title and two OVC tournament championships.
Pitching coach Steve Bieser took over as the interim coach for the team.
"Coach Bieser is a guy that's been in the big leagues, so he knows the game, and he knows the people around the game, so it rubs off on you," Moses said. "I owe a lot to the coaching staff here."
Moses started 47 of 50 games his sophomore season and batted .258 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBIs. He started the first four games of the 2010 season before his season was ended due to a shoulder injury.
"You have to work hard every day, and you can't take the game for granted," Moses said. "When I got hurt, I learned you have to enjoy every second of it."
Moses was named OVC Player of the Year and earned All-American honors after his junior and senior seasons. His senior year he led the team with a .408 batting average, 61 RBIs and 19 home runs.
He was taken in the 26th round, 809th overall, of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves. He was assigned to the team's rookie affiliate in Danville, Va.
"I was with my parents, and we were sitting around waiting for me to get drafted," Moses said. "I was unsure if I was going to get drafted, but when I did it was surreal. I was sitting at the computer with people and I got a text from coach Bieser. It was pretty cool, and it didn't really sink in until I was about to sign the paper."
Moses played 38 games with a .298 batting average, 18 RBIs and three home runs with a .443 slugging percentage during his season with the Danville Braves.
Moses said that there are a lot of adjustments to make on the field, and players have to devote a lot of their time to the game.
"It's amazing," Moses said. "When you get out there you have to play hard. It's a grind and a lot of fun."