Brandon Moss, Infield, Kansas City Royals
Date of Birth: 9/16/1983
Birthplace: Monroe, Georgia
Current Salary: $3,750,000
Brandon Moss, infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was first drafted in 2002 at the age of 18 by the Boston Red Sox. He played in Boston's minor league system from 2002 through 2007, playing in just 15 games with the Red Sox in 2007.
After 34 games with the Red Sox in 2008, Moss was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He then played with the Pirates, primarily as an outfielder, through 2009. In 2010, Moss spent most of his time in the minor leagues, playing in just 17 games with the Pirates. The following year, he was with the Philadelphia Phillies, playing in their minor league system and joining the Phillies for just five games.
In December, 2011, Moss signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics. He played in just 84 games with the Athletics in 2012 but he was a member of their regular roster in 2013, playing in 145 games. He batted .256 with 114 hits, 23 doubles, 30 home runs, and 87 RBIs. He finished the 2014 season with 117 hits, 23 doubles, 25 home runs, 81 RBIs, and a .234 batting average in 147 games.
On December 8, 2014, Moss was traded to the Cleveland Indians. He was traded again on July 30, 2015, this time to the St. Louis Cardinals. He finished the 2015 season with 106 hits, 24 doubles, 19 home runs, 58 RBIs, and a .226 batting average in 94 games with the Indians and 51 games with the Cardinals. Defensively, he played 42 games at first base, 10 games in left field, and 82 games in right field. He had 1 hit and 1 RBI and batted .333 in 3 at-bats in 3 postseason games.
Moss batted .225 in 128 games with the Cardinals in 2016. He finished the season with 93 hits, 19 doubles, 28 home runs, and 67 RBIs. Defensively, he played 64 games at first base, 58 games in left field, and 21 games in right field.
Moss became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Royals on February 1, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Moss through 2016 include:
- 898 games played
- 667 hits
- 145 doubles
- 138 home runs
- 423 RBIs
- 840 strikeouts to 291 walks
- .241 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Moss at first base through 2016 include:
- 341 games played
- 143 assists
- 210 double plays
- 2,218 putouts
- 24 errors
- .990 fielding percentage
Career fielding statistics for Moss as an outfielder through 2016 include:
- 215 games played in left field, 2 games played in center field, 298 games played in right field
- 826 putouts
- 11 errors
Moss and his wife Allie have two children.