Moore's up-and-down career has chance to peak

Moore's up-and-down career has chance to peak

SAN FRANCISCO -- There are two ways to look at Scott Moore's career. One is that he's been a professional baseball player for 11 seasons, which is no small feat. The other is that he was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2002 Draft, and so far he's bounced among four organizations and never had 100 big league plate appearances in a season.

Moore sees both sides. Although he says he's proud of his career, he also admits that he'd like to establish himself in the Majors.

"I haven't played as much in the big leagues as I'd hoped," he said. "Hopefully this is the opportunity here."

Moore joined the Astros on June 26, and in his 36 plate appearances since then, he's hit .306 with three homers. The Astros say he will be the first baseman against right-handed pitchers, which means he'll be playing most of the time.

"As well as he has swung the bat, he is deserving of that time," manager Brad Mills said. "You'd like guys to deserve the at-bats and playing time and just let them go. Right now, the way he's swinging the bat, he deserves the playing time. We want to be able to give it to him."

Moore, 28, was the first-round pick of the Tigers in 2002. He was traded to the Cubs in 2005, and he reached the Majors with Chicago in 2006. He also played in the Majors with the Orioles. He went back to the Cubs as a free agent in 2011 but never appeared in the Majors. It took him nearly half a season in the Houston farm system before getting a shot when Justin Maxwell got hurt in late June.

He's made the most of it so far, hitting safely in all nine games he's played.

"We have a whole second half to go," Moore said. "Hopefully I can keep it going."