Jamie Moyer on son Hutton: ‘He loves the game’ …

moyer and sonsThe Angels’ seventh-round pick carried a familiar ring to it. It was Hutton Moyer, a junior second baseman from Pepperdine University and also the son of longtime Major League pitcher Jamie Moyer. The elder Moyer spoke about his son shortly after the Angels selected him. Below are the highlights.

On the emotions of seeing his son get drafted …

I’m very happy and excited for him to get an opportunity to play professional baseball. This is something he’s dreamt of doing, and his brother [Dillon] is doing it right now in the Dodgers organization. Hopefully he’s going to get that chance. He’s going to figure out what he needs to do here to sign with the Angels, and get the opportunity to start his professional career. That part of it hasn’t been worked out yet, but hopefully it’ll be an easy process for him and he can move forward with his aspirations.

On Hutton’s eagerness to sign …

That’s going to be his decision. We’re going to support him with whatever he needs to do. I know his degree is important to him, but I also do know that the opportunity to play baseball is something he’s looked forward to, as well. He’s grown up with it, obviously, being in the clubhouse and being around players. He’s very comfortable in that situation. He knows the game, he loves the game, he’s got a passion for the game. You hear people talk about basketball players being gym rats, and he would be a baseball-field rat as far as I’m concerned. Both of my boys are. They really enjoy being around the game.

On what kind of player he is …

I know this year he really came along with his bat, with the power he showed. I think he had no home runs last year and he hit 14 home runs this year. … He’s put on some strength and he’s put on some weight, he’s a student of the game, he works at the game. His speed, I would say, is a little bit above average. I was impressed with his power. The amount of home runs that he hit this year really impressed me. And on the offensive side, the thing that impressed me the most is that when he was in his freshman or sophomore year in high school, he decided he was going to be a switch-hitter, and he did it. Of the 14 home runs he hit this year, I think nine were left-handed and five were right-handed. His naturally side is right-handed, but obviously being in the game of baseball you see more right-handed pitching than you do left-handed pitching, so I think he had more opportunities from the left side. That will help him in the pro game, being a switch-hitter.

On how often his sons tagged only in the Majors …

In Spring Training, they lived in the clubhouse. After our workouts, they’d take groundball after groundball, and we’d hit buckets of groundballs. During the season, when they could be around they were in the clubhouse. I can tell you this – when I was with the Phillies, when we clinched our division, when we clinched the league championship, when we clinched the World Series, they were in uniform, in the dugout, as the last out was made and on the field with my teammates celebrating. Those experiences that I’ve been able to share with my boys, on the field, that part of it, is something that we will always have together, as a father and son. They’ve seen what that takes. They’ve seen the excitement, they’ve seen the ups, they’ve seen the downs, and I think that’s one thing our boys will benefit from.

On why his sons weren’t pitchers …

Being right-handed, I realized that if they didn’t do anything special as a pitcher, they were not going to get an opportunity to play beyond high school or college. And being right-handed, right-handers are a dime a dozen. If you don’t throw 95 in today’s game, nobody barely gives you a second luck. That’s unfortunate, but that’s the way the game has gone. I’m not bitter about it; it’s a fact. The other part of it, too, is that we always felt that they would always be compared to me. We kind of looked at that as being a little unfair, because Dillon is Dillon and Hutton is Hutton. They have to create who they are, and being position players they’re able to do that.”

Alden

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