April 18, 2012
After two seasons of spending most of his time as a reserve, Rob Moir has emerged as a key hitter for Boston College's baseball team this year.
As the designated hitter, the junior captain is putting up some impressive offensive numbers. He has a .309 batting average, good for third on the team, and has scored 20 runs. He is first on the team in triples with three and has stepped up during ACC play: his .355 batting average against ACC opponents is first on the team.
He also had a career-long 11-game hit streak from March 24 to April 8 over which he went 15-for-44 (.341) with nine runs, two doubles, one triple and two RBIs.
While he does still spend a fair amount of time in the dugout, Moir has become an important contributor on a team on the bubble of making the ACC Tournament. It hasn't been a hard transition for him because of his ability to put his last at bat behind him and his simple approach at the plate.
"It's definitely a mindset that you have to teach yourself to get used to because you're not in the field," he explained. "You have a lot of guys who, if they strike out, the mentality is to go get them in the field. But I can't have the same mentality because I am just going to the plate. I've gotten used to it. You just have to forget your last at bat and stay in the game all the time and when your time comes do the best you can.
"My whole approach to the plate is if it's in the zone, I'm going to swing at it," he went on to explain. "I don't really care what it is too much because it's really as easy as: `see the ball hit the ball.' The more I can simplify it, the better off I am."
When Moir is hitting well, he's usually driving the ball into the left-center gap. He's a doubles hitter, with six on the season.
He started the season batting seventh in the lineup but recently moved to the five hole and that has changed his mind set and his fortunes because he's more likely to have runners on when he hits. He collected two RBIs during the series against No.1 Florida State last weekend to bring his season RBI total to eight.
"There's definitely a change in the mindset because I know that I have Anthony Melchionda
hitting before me and Spenser Payne
hitting after me," Moir said. "I always feel like we could have a big inning."
Moir is far more than just a big bat. He's also an important member of the team's leadership group, along with fellow captains Melchionda and Kyle Prohovich. Whether he's talking to the guys in the dugout during the game or making sure to take extra reps in the batting cage, Moir has taken it upon himself to be the guy his teammates can look up to.
"I have a lot of guys who look at me, whether I'm getting extra swings in the cage or whether I'm fooling around or taking a rep off," Moir noted. "It's in the back of my mind that there are guys who notice so I put greater responsibility on myself."
Moir is also able to relate to all of his teammates, whether they're starters or backups, because he had to earn his place in the lineup. After all, he spent the last two years battling nagging injuries, coming off the bench and fighting for every single at bat.
"I have more of a blue collar mentality as far as a work ethic goes," he said. "I haven't been a guy who came in here and had anything handed to him. I've had to work and really progress as a player. I know what it takes to be able to get in the lineup and I know what it takes to have a winning team here."
That's part of the reason head coach Mike Gambino wants him to come back next year, he said. Moir may be a senior but he has an extra year of eligibility because he red-shirted his freshman year. As of the moment, he plans to play next year and start his MBA in the Carroll School of Management.
But right now Moir is just focused on enjoying his senior and breakout season.
"I've been really proving to myself that I can play," he said. "I can definitely get the job done so this year I've been really just having fun and playing like there's nothing to it."
Written by Jen Dobias