Mosby knows work is far from over

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By Jacob Groves

HAWESVILLE, Ky. - Any big transition in life can be a lot for anyone to handle.

For former Hancock County baseball standout Michael Mosby, the changes are a little easier to adjust to after the accomplishment of a lifelong goal.

Within a two-week period, Mosby was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, signed a professional contract with a $127,000 signing bonus, moved 400 miles away to West Virginia and took his first swings at the professional level.

"It's a once in a lifetime chance that a lot of people don't get," Mosby said. "I've always been dreaming of this."

But just because a dream is made a reality, it doesn't mean that it's time to relax.

"You have to stay in the moment," he said. "I'm glad to be here, but I'm not just here for the ride."

Right from opening day with his new team, the Bluefield Orioles of the advanced rookie Appalachain League, Mosby wasted no time proving his point and showing that he belonged at such a high level of play.

In his second at-bat, the Hawesville native grabbed his first professional hit. In his next ten plate appearances, he hammered three doubles to bring his batting average up to .400.

Since the high of that first hot streak, Mosby has been brought down to earth.

In his last five games, Mosby has gone 0 for 14 with ten strikeouts, taking his batting average down to a cold .167.

"I've had a couple of rough games," he said. "The pitching's a lot better than in junior college. I just need to get my timing down a little bit."

Some of Mosby's struggles have to be credited to one of the biggest changes between amateur and professional baseball, the type of bat.

"Aluminum is a lot more forgiving. It allows you to make more mistakes," he said. "With wood you really have to focus on hitting line drives."

No matter the type of bat or the quality of the new competition, the 20-year-old acknowledged that the key to success in the minor leagues is the same as it was at every other level in his younger years.

"It's the same thing you've been doing your whole life, you just have to do it quicker," he said.

Despite his current slump, Mosby is confident in his ability to succeed at the higher levels and sounds sure that he will be back into old form in no time.

This spring Mosby hit .451 for Wabash Valley Junior College in Mt. Carmel, Ill. with 18 homeruns and 82 RBI's along the way to being named Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Mosby also holds multiple local hitting records including the all-time and single season home-runs for both Hancock County and the Rockport American Legion team.

"I'm glad the Orioles gave me the opportunity. They think I can play and so do I," he said. "I still have a lot of work to do."