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Generals outfielder thrives on opportunity to prepare for A&M

Keldy  Ortiz

By Keldy Ortiz
July 30, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.

Victoria Generals infielder Drew Featherston, left, and Generals outfielder J.B. Moss react after East Texas Pump Jacks outfielder Matthew Dickey attempted to reach second base but was chased back to first and tagged out by Generals infielders.

J.B. Moss hasn't faced much adversity on the baseball diamond.

Since playing in little league, Moss has always found success playing baseball. It came naturally to him.

But when the Tyler native graduated from Brook Hill to playing in the outfield at Texas A&M, Moss was just another one of many talented players on the team.

It was unfamiliar territory.

"I've never been on the bench before," Moss said. "It's a totally different world going to the South Eastern Conference."

The 20-year-old played in just 26 games his first season in College Station. So, it made sense to play this summer and get more experience.

Playing with the Victoria Generals, Moss has appeared in 30 games and will likely see more at bats as the season comes to a close.

"The whole year at A&M, I kind of sat back and watched and kind of took it all in," Moss said. "Coming out here and being able to play has been a lot of fun. It's going to help me a lot going back in the fall to A&M."

Generals coach Stephen Flora knew Moss was going to be a raw specimen because of his limited playing time at A&M and looked forward to seeing how he would produce this summer.

For Moss, Flora said seeing the field and batting would help him in the long run.

"He'll end up with 100 at bats this summer," Flora said. "He'll be able to take those 100 at bats, and play in the outfield almost everyday. Hopefully, he'll have a great fall to where he's in the running for one of the three outfield spots."

Moss' father, Richie, introduced his son to baseball and is glad the sport has worked out for him.

"He's definitely a better athlete than when I was at 20 years old," said Richie Moss, who played at Navarro College in Corsicana. "His desire is to play baseball."

Though Moss did not play much at A&M, the decision to return to College Station wasn't difficult.

The elder Moss told his son "baseball is the same thing as life. In any job, you don't just get the job, you have to pay your dues."

When Moss came to Victoria, he wanted to soak up the experience of playing summer ball. Now that he has, he's glad for the opportunity and hopes to compete for more playing time with the Aggies.

"I love the coaches and I love it there," Moss said. "I wanted to go back, give it another shot because I feel I can play there."



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