Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Five questions for prospect Jimmy Moran

by: Matt Bollman
Staff Writer

Jimmy Moran is a right-handed pitcher in the Reds farm system. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. In 2012, he split time between Billings, Dayton, and Bakersfield. In 43 games overall, the 22-year old posted a 3-4 record with a 3.94 ERA in 59.1 innings pitched. He allowed just two homers and has given up just three total in his professional career (82.1 IP).

1. You were drafted by the Reds in 2011 out of the University of South Florida. On draft day, what were your thoughts on being drafted by a team such as the Reds?

Being a big baseball fan and knowing the history of the reds dating back to the beginning of baseball then the Big Red Machine years I was honored to be selected by such a respected organization like Cincinnati and since they are a smaller market team they build through the minors which is always a positive.

2. I read your dad was a scout in the MLB for 17 years. How much of an influence was your dad in you playing baseball?

He is a major influence in my life both on and off the field. Neither he or my mother forced me to play but baseball was my passion from a young age. My parents have been very positive and supportive and I know they would have been if I decided to not play but I've known since I was a child that playing baseball was all I've ever wanted to do.

3. Speaking of scouting, if your dad had scouted you, what would he have said about you?

He always talked about how I was young and he could see me evolving into a quality pitcher and my competitiveness.

4. What are your goals personally for the 2013 season?

I'd like to start with a really strong spring training and hopefully put myself into position to make the Bakersfield team. I'd also like to continue developing my slider and change up while cutting down on walks as well. If all that works out then you never know what can happen in the future.

5. As a pitcher, how does a normal offseason workout/training routine look for you?

Workouts include a lot of lifting and running to get in shape for the upcoming season and once spring training gets closer pitchers will start to play catch a few times a week and start to throw bullpens before reporting for camp. Workouts consist of a lot of cardio, weight training, and throwing.

We would like to thank Jimmy for taking the time to do this with us. Best of luck to him as he prepares for another season of pro ball.

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