Tuesday, June 07, 2005
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 7, 2005) - East Tennessee State senior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) was drafted in the fourth round by the Minnesota Twins Tuesday afternoon in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Caleb was the 135th overall selection in the draft, ETSU's highest since Atlee Hammaker was the first-round selection (21st overall) of the Kansas City Royals in 1979.
"This is what every baseball player dreams of," said Moore. "I am going to continue to work hard and hopefully I will get a chance to play in the big leagues."
Moore earned All-America honors for the second-straight season in 2005 after hitting .382 and leading the Bucs with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs. He led the Southern Conference in home runs while also leading the conference and ranking sixth in the nation in RBIs per game (1.4). Caleb also led the SoCon and was 20th in the country with a .705 slugging percentage. Prior to this season, he was named a Louisville Slugger Preseason First-Team All-American and recently earned Second-Team All-America honors from USA Today's Sports Weekly.
"Last year, I was trying to prove everyone wrong," commented Moore. "But this year, I am going to go out there and prove that the Twins made the right decision."
Caleb had one of the best seasons in the history of ETSU athletics as a junior in 2004, leading the nation in batting average (.455) and doubles per game (.60). Following last season, he was named conference player of the year by the league's coaches and media and earned Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-America honors.
He also starred as the Buccaneer closer over the last two seasons, going 8-3 with a 4.54 ERA and 18 saves in 46 career appearances.
Moore has set several ETSU career records, including at-bats (718), hits (241), doubles (63), RBIs (170) and saves (18). Caleb also set single-season school records in batting average and doubles (31) in 2004 and saves (11) in 2005.
"I owe a lot to the ETSU coaching staff and my teammates," said Moore. "They have helped me turn into the ballplayer that I have become."