BRISTOL - Many baseball pitchers are known for having a notoriously strict routine on their pitching days.But Bristol Blues starter Jack Moore isn’t like that.
The right-hander from Atlanta’s Emory University instead tries to stay as loose as he can in the mornings and afternoons leading up to when he takes the mound.
“I try to keep out of having too many specific things when it comes to a routine because then if one little thing goes wrong in your routine, then everything is off,” Moore said. “So I kind of just go with the flow.”
His teammates also noticed Moore’s straying away from being routine-oriented.
“I know some guys get into that locked-in mode where they don’t speak. They don’t talk. They do their thing,” first baseman Dylan Reynolds said. “But he was just like any other player. He was walking around, jogging, stretching, doing his thing. Talking to the guys. He was very loose. It seemed like he just went out there and just had fun and pitched to the best of his ability.”
Moore certainly seemed to have pitched to the best of his ability during his first two college seasons at Emory, and his game day approach apparently paid off. He has posted a 6-7 record with a 4.69 ERA across a stretch of 111 ⅓ innings, which includes 22 appearances and 19 starts. As a sophomore, Moore led Emory with 10 starts, and he fired 43 strikeouts with a 3.84 ERA in 58 ⅔ innings of work.
Moore immediately carried that production with him to Bristol, throwing six innings of shutout ball and allowing just one hit with eight strikeouts and one walk in his debut May 30 against the Pittsfield Suns.
“Jack came out and I really didn’t know what to expect out of him,” teammate Nolan Cloutier said. “I fully expected James [Judenis] or one of the [Division I] arms to come in and be our No. 1. For Jack to come in and not only represent a D-III school that way and represent himself, he pitched really well.”
Cloutier’s and Reynolds’ comments were made after Moore had thrown just one game. His encore performance, however, was equally impressive.
On Thursday, Moore was terrific across 6 ⅓ innings, as he allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with two walks and another eight-strikeout performance against the Brockton Rox.
Moore ranks eighth in the FCBL in ERA (1.46) and third in strikeouts (16) while throwing the second-most innings (12 ⅓) in the league, though he only has two no-decisions to show for it.
“Hopefully he can keep doing that this summer because if he does, we’re gonna get a lot of wins,” Reynolds said. “[He’s been] very impressive.”
A native of Peachtree City, Georgia, Moore decided to make the two-day drive up to Connecticut to join the Blues after one of his college coaches asked if he would be interested in signing with the Blues. Moore’s college teammate Richard Brerton, a junior at Emory, played for Bristol last summer and he quickly snatched up the opportunity to play at Muzzy Field, where he will be allowed to keep going about his non-routine business.
“With all of our guys, we tell them whatever they do, keep doing it,” Palmer said. “Jack came up to me before his start [May 30] and asked me what time I wanted him to go down to the bullpen. I said, ‘What time do you normally go down to the bullpen?’ “It’s just one of those things, whatever the guy does, continue to do so. If he’s not a routine guy, you know what? Keep rolling with it. If it’s working for him, then that’s what he’s gonna continue to do this summer to fine-tune his craft.”