PHOENIX — During the 10 days after he was designated for assignment by the Pirates, outfielder Brandon Moss went home to Loganville, Ga. Frustrated after hitting .081 (3 for 37) during spring training, Moss went back to work with his high school coaches.
“During that (10-day) time, so many things started clicking,” Moss said. “I felt really good with the things my high school coaches and I had worked on and was more confident because I felt like myself again. It was something I had not felt like in two years.”
Moss eventually cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. Saturday night, he went 3 for 5 and knocked the game-winning homer. Moss hopes getting regular playing time with Indy will help him rediscover his batting stroke.
“Being in Pittsburgh with sporadic playing time, it was really hard for me to keep it up and it got to my head a little bit,” Moss said. “Overall, I feel really confident where my swing is at now. This is where I believe it will be for the rest of the year.”
It could turn out that spending some time in Triple-A rejuvenates Moss’ career.
“No one wants to come to Triple-A but me,” Moss said. “I was looking forward to coming here because I knew I would play a lot and get a lot of at-bats. Hopefully, I will able to get back that confidence I used to have, instead of going up to the plate and questioning everything I do.”