Mitch Moreland is a professional baseball first baseman who currently plays for the Boston Red Sox. Mitch has played baseball since high school and later attended Mississippi State University, where he continued to play college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs before being drafted by the Rangers in the seventeenth round of the 2007 MLB draft. Learn more about the first baseman who can also serve as an outfielder below.
Mitch Moreland Bio
Mitch was born September 6, 1985, as Mitchell Austin Moreland, son of Charles and Angie Moreland. He grew up in Amory, Mississippi, where he was born. Mitch is one of his parents’ two children. He has a sister named Mallory.
He started playing baseball during his time at Amory High School. In 2004, he won the Louisville Slugger All-American, after winning 7-1 and losing 0.53 ERA as a senior, and also hitting 0.456, only hitting the bull’s eye three times. Derek Norris was on his high school baseball team. After high school, Moreland played college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. As a junior, he hit .343 with 10 home runs and an ERA of 3.46.
Mitch Moreland Professional Career
During the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, the Texas Rangers selected Mitch Moreland in the 17th round and began his career in the Minor League with the short-season Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. At the end of his first season, he beat .259 with twenty-eight goals, 2 home runs, 7 doubles, and 1 triple, and fifteen RBIs.
The following season, he started with the Class-A Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League and hit .324 with thirty-seven goals in doubles, four triples, eighteen home runs, ninety-nine RBIs, and two stolen bases. He was later appointed to both the Mid-Season Midwest League All-Star Team and the Midwest League All-Star Team for the post-season in the same year.
In the 2009 season, Moreland played in two different categories in the Rangers franchise, starting the season with the Class-A Advanced Bakersfield Blaze and ending with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. In Bakersfield Blaze, he scored .341 goals with nineteen doubles, eight home runs, and twenty-six RBIs, and in the RoughRiders, he hit .326, nineteen doubles, three triples, eight home runs, and fifty-nine RBIs.
Later, at the end of the season, he was assigned to the Arizona Fall League and played for the Surprise Rafters. That same season, the Texas Rangers named Mitch “Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year.
In 2010 he was invited to the spring training. He played for the Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) until July 29, when he was called up by the Rangers to replace Ian Kinsler, who is on the disability list. In the Red Hawks, Mitch Moreland averaged 0.289. In the regular season, he played a total of forty-seven games and hit .255 with twenty-five RBIs and 9 home runs.
Moreland ended the 2011 season with a .259 hit with sixteen home runs and fifty-one RBIs in one hundred and thirty-four games. That year was the second consecutive year the Rangers appeared in the World Series, and Moreland hit a home run during a series match against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mitch Moreland would stay with the Rangers until the end of the 2016 season. This season he played one hundred and forty-seven games, hit .233, with twenty-two home runs and sixty RBIs. This year he also won his first Gold Glove Award. In Mitch’s seven seasons with the team, he played a total of seven hundred and seventy-three games, averaging 0.254 with 110 home runs and 354 RBIs.
In December 2016 he signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. In the regular 2017 season, he was the team’s first baseman to play nine hundred and forty-four games, beating .246 with twenty-two home runs and seventy-nine RBIs. In the off-season, he played all 4 games at ALDS and beat .385 5:13. In December he signed a 2-year contract with the team.
In May 2018 he was appointed All-Star Game of the MLB as Reserve Baseman of the American League. Although he fought offensively after the All-Star break, Mitch Moreland ended the season with a .191 blow with four home runs in forty-seven games.
In December 2017, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox worth $13 million. His base salary for a 2018 base salary is $6.5 million.
Mitch Moreland’s Wife
Moreland is married to Susannah Higgins since November 2011. Together the couple has three children; two sons (Crue Howell and Ledger Bryce) and one daughter Swayze Ann.
Weight, Height, And Other Facts
The MLB player is 6 feet 2 inches tall (1.88 m) and weighs 100 kg, which is 230 pounds. He fills in both as a designated batter and as a right fielder.
He is related to Gordon Keith, a sports talk radio personality from Dallas, they are cousins. Mitch Moreland names his father as one of his most important influences.