We will be featuring former Pioneers in a weekly Vol State Athletics website article written by Vol State student Nathan Kaly. Kaly is a sophomore at Vol State and writes for the student newspaper, The Settler.
DeAires Moses was drafted by the Seattle Mariners two times the first of which in 2014 after graduating from East Nashville Magnet School. Moses declined to sign with the Mariners and instead signed with the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers. Moses hit .351 with 10 stolen bases, 22 runs batted in, and 40 hits his freshman season with the Pioneers and followed that up hitting .325 with 15 stolen bases, 25 runs batted in and two home runs in his second season with the Pioneers. After watching Moses increase his overall stats in his two years at Vol State, the Mariners drafted Moses for the second time in the summer of 2016 and this time he accepted. Moses was sent to the Arizona Mariners, who are a minor league baseball team located in Peoria, Arizona. They are a class R team in the Arizona league and are a farm team of the Seattle Mariners. In his first season with the Mariners (2016) Moses had 50 at bats and hit .300 with eight stolen bases, 11 runs scored, two doubles and eight walks. This past season which ended in September, Moses saw his at bats increase to 159 and hit .283, 36 runs scores, 15 runs batted in, three doubles and 24 stolen bases.
Despite being drafted by a professional baseball team out of college Moses doesn't attribute his success to himself. "My success is attributed to a lot of people. It all starts with my mom; she pushed me to be what I wanted to be and supported me to the max in any sport I played. I also attribute it to every coach that I've had - Coach K, Coach Kris, Coach Dearing, Coach Whittaker, Coach Crossland, Coach Gaskill, Coach Hall and Coach Hunt. These coaches, in different ways, shaped me to be who I am and where I am today," said Moses.
Playing for the Arizona Mariners, Moses noticed a significant increase in competition than what he was used to at Vol State. "The biggest jump from playing at Vol State to playing in the minor league would be that everybody is good and everyone does something special. The speed of the game in the minors is a lot faster than it was in college. Ultimately the biggest difference between the two is the pitching," said Moses. Moses's two years at Vol State prepared him and gave him the confidence that he needed to play for the Mariners. "Playing at Vol State gave me the confidence that I could play with anyone. I had a lot of success in high school but when I got to college and had the same level of success it gave me confidence because I didn't think I would get to play baseball after high school," said Moses. Although on the field Moses is a professional athlete and a left-fielder for the Arizona Mariners, off the field he is an average 21-year-old who likes pizza and video games. "My biggest hobby off the field is probably video games. It's almost a guaranteed win for me in Madden 18 and MLB the Show 18. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends knowing that my time with them is limited. My favorite food would have to be pizza. I ate pizza almost every day for dinner during the season in Arizona to the point that Papa John's gave me a 50 percent off discount for the entire menu," said Moses.
Unsure of what the future holds, Moses has his mind set on moving up in the Mariners system. "My biggest goal moving forward has always been to continue to learn each day and perfecting my skill set and to also give some of that knowledge that I've gained to some of the younger kids. I'm looking to continue moving up the ranks and improving daily," said Moses.
Moses has a message for the players not only at Vol State but for all players with a dream of being drafted one day. "Anything is possible but it doesn't come easy. You have to work hard and chase that dream and not to listen to anyone when they tell you that you're not good enough. Play the game hard and never show your emotion when you've had a bad game. Don't be a selfish teammate and always have fun because you will miss the team that you play for after you graduate or move on," said Moses.
Written by Nathan Kaly