BOSTON, Mass. – Since being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles two months, All-Region selection Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) continues to live his baseball dream as a member of the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
Just the second player in program history to be selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, Moquete has continue to come into his own, while playing the game he loves. BeaconsAthletics.com caught up with 6'3" outfielder to see how he is progressing at the professional level.
To date, Moquete has played in a total of 37 games and has 21 hits, six doubles, two triples, and five homeruns. He also has 12 RBI and 16 runs scored and has been walked a total of 10 times. The Boston native also sits with three stolen bases and has a .616 OPS and a .239 OBP.
Amongst the many highlights that Moquete talks about in the Q and A, was his game winning triple in extra innings to give the Ironbirds a 5-4 win over the first place State College Spikes on August 1.
Q: How are you progressing at the professional level?
A: I am having a lot of fun. There are a lot of talented guys here at this level and pretty much its everyday baseball and it feels good to do what you love to do for a living.
Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome since joining the team?
A: Pretty much it's all about the baseball aspect. Most of it has to be the speed of the game and how fast it is. I've been here for two months now and it's just second nature for me now.
Q: What has been the most difficult part about the transition from Division III baseball to playing in the Minor League system?
A: Definitely the pitching. There are some very good pitchers at this level. I have had to learn how to read so many different types of arms every time I step to the plate.
Q: What is your most memorable moment to date since signing a professional contract?
A: Getting the game winning triple for us to win the game in extra innings against the first place team State College Spikes.
Q: How have your experiences as a Beacon helped you adjust this summer?
A: Mostly staying calm at the plate and developing more discipline as I face pitchers that I have never seen before.
Q: What has it been like to play with some of the top prospects and professional players?
A: It's a great feeling, but then yet again anyone here can become a good baseball player with talent comes other things to the game and some guys have that and some do not.
Q: What do you do when you are not at the ballpark?
A: Most of my time is spent at the field. I barely have any days off in the season and when we do have off days I try to relax my body hang out at the pool or grab some dinner with our host family.
Q: What are some of the differences from playing on a summer league team and playing for the Ironbirds?
A: The coaching is by far one of the biggest differences. The coaches push players to see all of their talents in hopes of making them better players. When I played in the summer leagues coaches helped to develop players so that they may at some point compete at this level.
Q: What are some of your favorite things about being an Ironbird and a part of the Baltimore Orioles system?
A: The minor league staff, the coaches, and the teammates that we have here on the Ironbirds they all make everyone feel comfortable, and as the season progresses we are becoming a closer group.
Q: You will be making several trips back to New England in August, how excited are you to see friends and family?
A: Pretty excited. I haven't seen family and friends in months, but there are some guys from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela that haven't seen their loved ones in over six months. So putting myself in their shoes must be hard but again it will be a very happy time.
Q: What are your plans for after the 2014 season?
A: Many options right now not sure yet what the 2014 season has in store for me.