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Baseball star Moquette’s Beacon career winds down

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Jamill Moquette in May of 2014

The 14-18 University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team may be struggling this season, but future Major League Baseball prospect Jamill Moquette has been a spark for the Beacons on the field.
The senior outfielder has a team-leading .363 average, 4 home runs, 25 RBIs, and 15 steals.
One of the Beacons’ bright spots has been Moquette’s ability to advance while he’s on base.
Whenever Moquette is on base, his main focus is always on home plate. No matter which base Moquette is on, he knows that he’s in the right path towards home.
And although Moquette has a team-high 15 steals, he still thinks that he can improve as the Beacons make that big push towards the playoffs.
“No matter if I steal or not, I am still in the base path. But I think I can do much better these last few conference games and bring it to the playoffs,” Moquette said.
This season, Moquette set a school record with 31 walks. He attributes that to his knowledge of the game and his patience at the plate.
“It also comes with knowing the game of baseball,” Moquette said. “Having the mindset of being a good hitter you also have to have discipline and be able to hit the good pitches in the zone and not chase bad pitches.”
Moquette’s patience at the plate has put a lot of pressure on opposing pitchers and that has worked to his advantage.
“I’m pretty sure that the other team knows that I walk a lot and that’s when that’s the best for me because they have to throw strikes and if they don’t they’ll just walk me,” Moquette said.
Moquette is not simply content with the player he currently is. As he prepares to make that next step in his career and enter the draft, he’s looking to improve different aspects of his game. One in particular is “being a good hitter and being very disciplined at the plate.”
When Moquette hangs up his baseball cleats and ends his collegiate career at UMass Boston this month, he wants to make sure he leaves behind more than stats. The professional baseball player hopefully wants to leave behind a legacy.
“What I would really like to accomplish after my career is done is to help the upcoming baseball players around the community and the school also,” Moquette said. “And I would like the teammates that I have now to always remember me as a great baseball player and also on and off the field.”