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Malcolm Moore is an MLB draft prospect with a photographic swing
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Malcolm Moore is an MLB draft prospect with a photographic swing

STANFORD, Calif. (BVM) – Malcolm Moore was one of the top high school hitters in the 2022 MLB Draft, but he ultimately wound up on Stanford’s campus that fall. The catcher committed his freshman year of high school, and he could not have not been more thrilled to kick off his college career with one of the best baseball programs on the West Coast.

“I’m really glad I made that decision to come here,” Moore said. “It was the right spot, one I couldn’t pass up.”

It was evident early on in Moore’s freshman campaign that the Cardinal had a star on their hands. 

He started 64 games in his first year, hitting .312 while slugging .564%. He broke out as not only one of the best freshmen in the Pac-12 but as one of the conference’s best players in 2023. The hype has not slowed down for the Stanford standout as he has a .932 OPS in his draft-eligible sophomore season. 

Moore is arguably the top college backstop in the 2024 draft class in a loaded group, but he has not allowed the pressure and expectations to affect him.

“When you’re here, you kind of just forget about everything that goes on outside,” Moore said. “It’s all about Stanford. I’m around my friends so much that I’m just hanging out with them, playing baseball with them rather than thinking about what’s going on in the outside world.”

Moore also uses his hobbies to help balance his lifestyle such as golf, reading, or photography, which was a frequent topic of conversation between him and ex-teammate and Los Angeles Angels prospect Alberto Rios.

He had film cameras lying around the house and once Rios revitalized the interest in Moore, he started putting together a scrapbook of photos of stuff he sees on the beautiful Stanford campus.

“It’s important to capture stuff like that on film,” Moore said. “It’s good memories.”

Moore is once again eligible for this year’s draft, so his time at Stanford could be limited depending on what he decides to do, but he has already been able to create memories already in his short stay.

The Cardinal made it to the College World Series in Omaha last season, with Moore being a key contributor. Despite his individual success, that run trumps everything for him.

“That was awesome,” Moore said. “It’s more fun and you create more memories. It’s much more rewarding than a personal accolade.”

Stanford has not been able to replicate that success just yet this season, but it is something that the players in the clubhouse are not worried about. Some may be counting out the Cardinal as the Pac-12 tournament approaches, but the program is still confident and are looking forward to the opportunity to prove people wrong.

For Moore, that is the only thing he is worried about despite what the coming months may bring.

“We want to show people that we are a solid team,” Moore said. “We can win games. We’re a good team and we can play like it. Everything else is further down the line and that will fall in place if our team does well.”

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