Moore looks to stick in big leagues

Moore looks to stick in big leagues

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- In addition to George Springer, Jason Castro, Delino DeShields Jr. and Brian Bogusevic, the Astros have another former first-round Draft pick in camp this year -- infielder Scott Moore.

Moore, signed to a Minor League contract and invited to camp in November, is a veteran of 80 Major League games over parts of four seasons with the Cubs and Orioles. He's played the majority of his Minor League career at third base, but also has appearances at first, shortstop, second and in the outfield.

"Obviously, you want to come into camp with the mindset of wanting to make the club. But it's still early, and I want to take advantage of the opportunities when I'm out there and let it play itself out," said Moore, who was drafted by the Tigers in the first round in 2002. "It feels like yesterday I was drafted. It's gone by quickly."

Moore, a left-handed hitter, owns a career .223 batting average with six doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 184 career Major League at-bats, and he's got 119 career Minor League home runs. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs' organization and hit .295 with nine homers and 53 RBIs.

"I'm still holding out hope at some point I'll get to the big leagues and stick," Moore said.