July 19, 2014
BEAUMONT - The Lamar baseball program was the recipient of big news on Friday as incoming freshman C.J. Moore turned down an offer from Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks in order to continue his playing career in Beaumont.
A 13th-round pick, Moore will next be eligible for the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft upon the conclusion of his junior season. Hailing from Suffield Academy in Connecticut, Moore signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cards last fall, but it was hard to keep the professional scouts away as he hit .511 with 15 scores and 21 runs batted in over Suffield's 16-game season.
"I think Moore can be a major impact guy as a freshman," head coach Jim Gilligan said after his signing. "He's just a great athlete, and he can run, throw and hit."
Over his final two seasons of high school, Moore collected 41 RBI and 22 stolen bases.
Moore is one of 12 players to turn down professional offers over the draft's first 13 rounds, which accounted for more than 400 selections. He's also one of just seven high schoolers to turn down a professional contract in order to further their education.