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14  09 2018

Chicago’s Brenna Moss Has Historic Season

Bandits Outfielder Displays Unrelenting Pursuit of Excellence

By CatOsterFan
TSC Contributor

There was optimism, though not necessarily lofty expectations, when Brenna Moss was selected 13th overall in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft. Hailing from Bakersfield, California, the 5′ 7″ outfielder started her upper level softball career by selecting Frenso State to play her college ball.

Moss was solid, though not spectacular, in her freshmen season with the Bulldogs. She hit for a .283 batting average, 56 hits, 27 runs, 19 RBI and 11 stolen bases. But as each year passed she showed steady improvement and eventually finished her senior season as a first-team Mountain West Conference selection and an elite stat line of 83 hits, .439 batting average, 59 runs, 1 home run, 20 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and a .509 on-base percentage. Moss finished her career at Fresno State as one of the best ever to play at the school with an overall .350 batting average, 263 hits, 104 stolen bases, and 171 runs.

Though as impressive as her college career turned out to be, she did not come from a top-tier softball school, and many other hitters in the NPF draft had similar college stat lines. So when the Bandits drafted her in the 3rd round, no one had any expectations she could turn out to be an NPF superstar.

Moss’s rookie season with the Bandits in 2015 made her look like an average player at best. In Moss’s first season with the Bandits, she hit for a .177 batting average in 113 at bats, 20 hits, 1 home run, 10 runs, 10 RBI, and 5 stolen bases. But, much as she did during her collegiate career, Brenna Moss worked hard and showed steady improvement with each passing season.

In 2017 Moss had a breakout year with the Bandits as she improved her batting average to .341, more than doubled her hit count to 42, doubled her runs scored to 23, and doubled her stolen bases to 10—and she did this with only 10 additional at-bats compared to her rookie season.

But as well as Moss performed in 2017, 2018 is where she elevated herself to one of the top offensive threats in the NPF. In 2018 the 3rd-round draft picked showed first overall pick results with a .442 batting average, 65 hits, 38 runs, 3 home runs, 22 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. Moss lead the NPF in hits, runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and stolen bases. Moss’s 65 hit total equaled a record by former Rockford Thunder standout Kristen Zaleski that had stood since 2005!

Moss’s 2018 numbers are very impressive. But what really impresses me is Moss’s commitment to improvement. Moss started both her collegiate and her pro career as an average-to-below-average player, but her unrelenting drive to excellence—reflected by her steadily improving offensive numbers—has raised her from the middle of the pack to an elite talent level in both the college and pro ranks.

Moss is obviously not someone with top flight athleticism, but she has been able to rise to the top with her superb work ethic and determination. Moss is someone who is not satisfied with mediocrity, and has achieved excellence through sheer will. Moss’s story is HIGHLY impressive.

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