2003 Spinners’ Outfielder Brandon Moss became the 29th Spinner to reach the major leagues when Boston called him up on August 6th when reserve utilityman Eric Hinske was placed on the bereavement list.
Moss was an eighth round pick out of high school in Loganville, Georgia in 2002. He started his career in the Gulf Coast League that year before joining the Spinners in 2003 as a 19-year-old. Moss actually struggled with Lowell, hitting just .237, although he cracked 26 extra base hits, including 7 homers. However, he must have learned something because in 2004 he hit .353 in Low and High A with 49 extra base hits and 111 RBI.
Moss played for 2 years at AA with Portland and lead the Eastern League in doubles in 2006 with 36. Moss advanced to AAA Pawtucket 2007, he has posted a .290-13-67 line as the Paw Sox rightfielder, accentuated by 34 doubles, second most in the International League.
Moss appeared in all three games the Red Sox played against Los Angeles in Anaheim and picked up his first big league hit off Scot Shields in the eighth inning on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Boston) and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. Moss is expected to return to Pawtucket when Hinske returns.
In other Spinners alumni news, LHP Phil Dumatrait, recently made his major league debut with Cincinnati and got shelled by the Nationals. However, it was a different story for the ’01 Spinner today as he pitched 6 innings and allowed only 2 runs against the LA Dodgers. Unfortunately the Reds bullpen blew the lead so he did not record a victory.