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Brandon Moss | First Baseman | #37

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 8 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Moss said Friday that his sprained left ankle still bothers him while he's running the bases.
Obviously that's an issue, so he'll need to get over that hump before returning. There remains no timetable for Moss, although he doesn't appear to be too far off. Jul 22 - 5:31 PM

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Brandon Moss said he's made progress in his recovery from a sprained left ankle.

"The All-Star break was really good for it, just to let it calm down and let some of the treatments they did for it take in," said Moss. "It’s one of those things where it goes at it’s own pace, but the past few days have gone really well." Moss feels good about where he's at in his recovery but there's still no timetable for his return. He's been on the disabled list since July 5.
Jul 18 - 12:32 PM

Brandon Moss (ankle) is hoping to remove his walking boot on Monday.

Moss is eligible to return from his ankle sprain on Wednesday, although it seems unlikely that he'll be ready at that time. He leads the Cardinals with 17 home runs this season.
Jul 17 - 3:15 PM

Cardinals placed 1B/OF Brandon Moss on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

Moss has been a terrific source of power and run-production in the middle of the Cardinals lineup, slashing .251/.340/.562 with 17 homers and 40 RBI. Randal Grichuk has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Jul 5 - 5:17 PM

Brandon Moss hit his 16th homer of the year Monday off the Cardinals' John Lackey.

Moss was hitting seventh behind Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina tonight, even though he's been the Cardinals' second-best hitter against right-handers (behind leadoff man Matt Carpenter). He got to hit with a man on just once tonight, and he was hit by a pitch during the plate appearance.
Jun 20 - 11:24 PM

Brandon Moss slugged a pair of homers Wednesday in the Cardinals' 12-7 defeat of the Reds.

Moss cranked a mammoth two-run shot off Reds starter Alfredo Simon in the top of the fifth inning and then added a solo blast against reliever Josh Smith in the top of the seventh. Moss has only started 31 of a possible 59 games this season, but he has 13 home runs and 29 RBI. St. Louis needs to fit him into the lineup against all right-handed pitchers moving forward, but that might require Stephen Piscotty to play some center field.
Jun 8 - 10:40 PM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Moss worked over a Stephen Strasburg pitch for a solo home run in the fourth inning. At the time, it gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The Nationals would score three times in the bottom of the frame to take the advantage, one which they wouldn't relinquish on their way to a 10-2 win. For the season, Moss is slashing .222/.322/.484 with nine homers and 24 RBI across 126 at-bats. He makes for a nice fantasy power option, but that comes with a decided deficit in terms of average.
May 29 - 5:13 PM

Brandon Moss hit his seventh homer Thursday off the Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff.

Moss and Matt Adams have both been very good thus far, with Moss sporting an .863 OPS in 77 at-bats and Adams coming in at .830 in 57 at-bats. It's unclear if either will be in there the next two days with the Pirates throwing left-handers Friday and Saturday. Adams left today's game with a minor knee injury and is the weaker option against lefties, so Moss is the better bet to start.
May 5 - 4:39 PM

Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a double and a three-run home run in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Stellar work by Moss, who connected on his three-run home run off of Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller to cap a five-run Cardinals fifth. He also scored twice in what was an all-around stellar game. The veteran first baseman is slashing .231/.339/.577 with four homers and 11 RBI across his first 52 at-bats. Tuesday's big showing boosted his batting average over the Mendoza Line, but he's been showing good power all season.
Apr 27 - 12:55 AM

Brandon Moss homered off Michael Pineda in Thursday's win.

Moss needed this with Matt Adams surging of late. This pulls the two closer as far as spring numbers (.768 OPS for Moss, .819 for Adams), and Moss seemed to have the clear edge at first base going into March. It'll be a tough call on Mike Matheny how to handle first. Moss and Adams project pretty similarly, but trying to give both equal time against righties while also playing Matt Holliday at first against lefties would probably cause both to struggle with the inconsistent playing time. He needs to pick one initially, and Moss still seems like the better choice to us.
Mar 31 - 4:32 PM's Jenifer Langosch writes that the Cardinals "are likely to do much mixing and matching" at first base.

Brandon Moss entered camp as the favorite over Matt Adams for at-bats at the position. However, the Cards have used Matt Holliday extensively at first base during Grapefruit League play and he's been surprisingly adept. Langosch writes that it "remains unclear" how often Holliday will play first in the regular season, although it seems likely that he'll be there often versus lefties. Holliday's emergence as a real option at the position likely hurts Adams the most, although it's probably not great for Moss, either.
Mar 29 - 6:31 PM

Cardinals and 1B/OF Brandon Moss avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.25 million contract.

Moss was projected by to make $7.9 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility, so this looks like a minor victory for him. The 32-year is the favorite to see the lion's share of playing time at first base for the Cards in 2016.
Jan 15 - 11:32 AM's Jenifer Langosch writes that Brandon Moss "will get the first chance to entrench himself at first base" with the Cardinals.

Langosch adds that Matt Adams "will be behind him as protection." Adams began last season as the Cards' starter at the position, but he struggled through an injury-plagued campaign and the team wound up trading for Moss at the deadline. He should still see a good amount of playing time, although the fact that both Adams and Moss hit left-handed makes a regular platoon difficult. Moss hit .250/.344/.409 with four homers down the stretch for St. Louis and could be in line for a bounce-back season as he further distances himself from last offseason's hip surgery.
Jan 12 - 4:11 PM

Brandon Moss was tendered a contract by the Cardinals.

There had been some debate about whether they might non-tender him. Moss batted just .226/.304/.407 in 526 plate appearances this summer between Cleveland and St. Louis, and his price in arbitration is likely to climb near $8 million for 2016. But the Cardinals have some question marks at first base and clearly feel that Moss will become a more productive player as he moves further and further away from his October 2014 hip surgery. He did hit a little better in the second half of 2015.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 11:16:00 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated Thursday that the club will tender Brandon Moss a contract this offseason. projects Moss to earn $7.9 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. It's a relatively high sum for a guy who, at the moment, looks like a bench piece for 2016, but the Cards are apparently interested in keeping his power around even if it's in a secondary role. Moss batted .226/.304/.407 with 19 homers and 58 RBI for the Indians and Cardinals this season.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 01:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Kolten Wong
3Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Jordan Walden
5Jonathan Broxton
6Tyler Lyons
7Matt Bowman
8Seth Maness
9Mitch Harris
10Jerome Williams