July 28, 2015
DANVILLE, Va. – This past Friday night, 2015 USNA graduate Stephen Moore completed pitching in his first professional season with the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League. A 10th round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves after a strong four-year career in Annapolis with the Midshipmen, Moore competed with the rookie level organization for just over a month during his summer leave before starting flight school in Pensacola, Fla.
Moore suited up for the Danville squad wearing number 48 in nine contests between June 23 and July 24 as a relief pitcher. After giving up two earned runs over two innings in his debut versus the Pulaski Yankees on June 23, the right-handed pitcher ran off 9.2 innings of scoreless baseball over his next four appearances, dropping his ERA to a season-low 1.54. Moore gave up two earned runs on July 11 against the Burlington Royals before closing his season with 9.1 frames of clean pitching. During that stretch, he threw a season-high 5.1 innings in relief versus the Bristol Pirates. In his final appearance on July 24, Moore tossed two innings at the Bluefield Blue Jays.
He closed his first season of professional baseball with a 2-0 record and 1.64 ERA over 22.0 innings pitched. Moore allowed 20 hits and seven walks over his time on the mound and struck out eight opposing batters. At the time of his departure from the club, he had thrown the fourth-most innings and recorded the third-lowest ERA amongst pitchers with 12 or more innings.
“This was such an amazing opportunity and I am so appreciative to be given this chance to experience professional baseball,” remarked Moore. “I have taken in each opportunity that I’ve come across. It’s been so awesome to learn at the next level and see what it takes to be a professional athlete. I am sad to have my time with Danville come to a close and I will miss the people and teammates I’ve met here, but I am excited and anxious for my next stop in Pensacola for flight school and eventually my role with the United States Navy.”
Moore graduated in May with a degree in international relations and is set to begin his training in Pensacola to work towards his service selection as a Naval Flight Officer. The Marietta, Ga. native completed his career for the Midshipmen baseball team with a 7-3 record and 2.59 ERA this spring and a career mark of 14-16 with a 2.90 ERA and 199 strikeouts over 269.2 innings pitched. He ranks second all-time with a 1.67 walks per nine innings ratio and seventh in the program’s history in innings pitched.