Player Profile - Jordan Moffat
Posted March 9, 2020
Q: How was the Spring Break trip?
A: It was very busy! It was good to get back to playing the game I love. After the first couple innings the nerves died down and we were back to mid season form. It definitely got me excited for the regular season and the excitement that comes with it. The spring training games were also fun. We got to see the pros go through the same rust and nerves we just went through really helps put things into perspective. Now that we are back we are ready to play good baseball.
Q: Now that the pre season is well underway, what do you see as the strengths of the team this year?
A: We definitely can hit the ball. 1-9 in our lineup are talented and know how to handle the bat. Our veteran line up will definitely be a major plus for us, and some of the new guys are ready to step up. Trent Lawson really stuck out as a guy we can count on this year. Throughout the fall he established himself as a top hitter, then on the spring trip he exploded onto the scene for us with 10 hits. Our pitching was ok, and you can count on it getting better as we go. Brayden McClary stuck out as a top reliever for us. He throws strikes and isn’t scared of the big moment. His first college outing was against a good hitting team in Gateway CC, and he didnt back down. He got some big outs for us in that game. It makes me excited to see what he can do in the CCBC.
Q: What are some areas you feel you have improved on the most this off season?
A: This off season I focused on gaining strength and developing the mental side of being a pitch. Being able to get down the mound with more power will help with my velocity and help me stay strong later into games. My minimum goal for every start is to go 7 innings. I have never thrown more than 7 innings in a game, so my goal is to throw at least 1 complete game and keep my pitch count below 120. My mentality on the mound is that I know I can beat anyone who gets in the box, so I can attack them. Last few years I was less confident out there and it had an impact on my pitching, so this year I am going into attack mode every time I step on the mound.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most going into the CCBC season?
A: I’m looking forward to fighting hard every weekend to win some games. This year I have more responsibility and I am more capable to help the team get to where we want to be, which is to be the best team in the league. I'm really excited for our trip to Edmonton because ReMax Field looks fun to play. Road trips are one of the best parts of being a college athlete. But nothing beats a 4 game weekend at home. Okanagan College will be a good challenge for us in week 2, but right now I’m focusing on the opening series against the University of Calgary. We are really focusing on taking the season 1 game at a time.
Q: What does it mean to have veterans like Liam Ballance and Nathan Wedgewood on the team?
A: They are guys who have pretty much seen it all in our league. Any baseball questions you may have you can always go to Wedgewood for the answer. Liam is always full of positive energy and really makes it easy to show up to practice every day. When the game is on he switches into competitive mode. Being able to see a guy lock in like that is a great example to follow.
Q: What is something you remember the most about your freshman year?
A: I remember nationals the most. We won the first 2 games, then we had to play 3 games in one day and the mental grind wore us down. The fact that we were so close to getting to the championship got me fired up. I wasn't really prepared to play that many games in one day, especially all 9 inning games. I learned that as a college baseball player I need to be ready for anything and be prepared to attack it head on. Whatever challenge is in store for us this year we are ready to face it head on.
Q: You are one of the many players on the team not from the Island. What made you decide to come to Vancouver Island University to play?
A: Island life has always been attractive to me because it is a lot more relaxed than the bigger cities. I love doing all the outdoor stuff like fishing, hiking, and exploring new places. The location was important to me because I live in Richmond, so I’m living away from home but still close enough that I can see my family. I played at Serauxmen Stadium in high school and it really stuck out to me as a fun place to play. And of course the team was a major factor in my decision. Other teams seem a bit more individual based, with every player out for themselves. VIU has always been more of a family then just a team which is something I really wanted to be a part of.
Q: What made you fall in love with baseball?
A: Honestly I didn't even really like baseball until grade 10. I started playing when I was 8, but it wasn’t my first love. My parents made me keep playing because they both played growing up so they wanted to share their love of the game with me. As I got older I realized I was pretty good, and I want to see how far my ability could take me. I love getting on the mound and trying to beat the best hitters I can face. I like that even though it's a team game, one player can play a major part in the outcome of the game. One big hit, or a pitcher who dominates can almost single handedly win a game.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a university baseball player?
A: At the university level everyone has their differences, from class load to personal life, but when you get on the field none of the matters. You are there to play ball and help the team win against a team who wants to beat you just as bad as you want to beat them. That level of competition provides good motivation to work hard off the field to get better and have a greater chance for success. Losing sucks, and if you don't work hard you will have to get used to losing. Nothing is given to you so you have to work hard to earn every opportunity and make the most of it. It is a major step above any other level of ball I’ve ever played and I love it.
Q: You and the other 3rd year starters have similar career stats. Are you competitive about who will lead the pitching staff in certain areas?
A: Definitely. Thomas (Lessmeister) is one of my best buddies. We always joke about who will lead the team in strikeouts or whatever. It is a good way to motivate each other to try and beat the other guy. I already told Less I will lead in every stat, with 500 more pitches thrown in the season. It's the same with everyone. We all like seeing our name at the top of the list, so we are all pushing each other to try and be the best we can every day. That's what it takes to be a great team.