Moreland Making Mark in Majors

Former Amory and Mississippi State standout Mitch Moreland is doing just fine in his first full Major League Baseball season. Entering tonight’s game versus Houston, the first baseman/outfielder is batting .294 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 66 games, and he’s slugging .489 with an on-base percentage of .355.

Moreland got called up in late July last season and did well, hitting .255 with nine homers, 25 RBIs and a .364 OBP in 47 games. He had a strong showing in the postseason, batting .348 with a homer and seven RBIs as Texas reached the World Series, where he was 6 of 13 with three RBIs.

A notable quote in the story (on which Brandon Speck of the Monroe Journal did a fine job) comes from veteran pitcher Darren Oliver: “One day, he’s going to be the man running things around here.”

Moreland was the man Tuesday night, recording his first career walk-off homer, a solo job to lead off the 11th inning and lift the Rangers to a 5-4 win over Houston.

The kid just might have a future.