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Former Evans standout turning heads at USC-Aiken

AJC baseball rankings are a little odd

Posted: April 13, 2014 - 12:14am

Sophomore Tyler Moore is having quite a season for USC Aiken.

The diminutive outfielder is hitting .367 (58 of 158) for the Pacers, who are 27-10 this season. Moore also has 6 doubles, 2 HR, 30 RBI, and a .420 on base percentage. He has also utilized his speed to post 17 stolen bases and a team best 8 triples.

It also recently came to the attention of pro scouts that Moore is a draft eligible Sophomore, since he turns 21 on May 28, prior to the June Amateur Draft.

And, despite his slight stature (5-8, 160 pounds), there is a good likelihood that Moore will be drafted.

According to local baseball expert George Blackburn (a former scout with the Cincinnati Reds), scouts are comparing Moore to another athletic, but small prospect.

That prospect was Bip Roberts, who was selected in the first round of the 1982 Draft by the Pirates. Roberts, who was 5-7, 150 pounds enjoyed a 12-year big league career. He played for a total of six teams and posted a career batting average of .294 with 264 stolen bases and a .358 on base percentage.

Moore will not be drafted as highly as Roberts, but he should be very pleased with the comparison.

Other Columbia County products enjoying terrific seasons for the Pacers:

Kody Belcher (Lakeside) Junior/ Outfield:Belcher is hitting .326 (45/138) with a tremendous .448 on base percentage. He also has 7 doubles, 3 HR, 23 RBI, and a team best 23 stolen bases.

Derek Beasley (Harlem) Senior/ LHP:Beasley has had a stellar career at USC-Aiken. This season he has made 9 starts and has a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 3.28. He also has 46 strikeouts in 57.2 innings of work.

Ben Black (Lakeside) Junior/ RHP:Black has been outstanding out of the bullpen for Coach Kenny Thomas. He has made 11 appearances and has a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 3.16. He has posted 29 strikeouts 31.1 innings on the mound.

AJC baseball rankings are
a little odd

A few weeks ago Greenbrier’s baseball team, despite four early losses, was ranked No. 2 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution State Baseball Rankings in Class AAAAA. So, you can imagine my surprise when I got a few emails last week, asking me why the Pack were no longer ranked. The team had not lost any games between ranking periods, yet they fell from No. 2 all the way out of the Top 10.

Well, the squad continues to pad their record with wins, improving to 14-4 with a recent win over South Aiken, and now they are back in the top ten, ranked No. 6 this week in Class AAAAA. I am attempting to find out how a team could make such a drastic drop without any losses and will give a full account of my findings as soon as possible.

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