For a guy whose speed allows him to beat out routine ground balls to shortstop, Matt Moynihan has, at times, been a little slow to come around.
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and with enough fast-twitch muscle fibers to make a professional baseball scout drool, the Orange Coast College sophomore admitted he sometimes relied on his athletic gifts to carry him to what had been fairly substantial heights.
In three varsity seasons at Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego, Moynihan amassed 142 hits, a .437 career batting average, 80 stolen bases and was an All-CIF and all-state performer. He was recruited by LSU, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, USC and San Diego State, before choosing the University of San Diego.
As a freshman outfielder with the Toreros, he hit .388 in 49 at-bats and was successful on all six of his stolen-base attempts.
But, displeased by his lack of playing time, Moynihan elected to transfer to a community college. He learned about Orange Coast from USD pitcher Calvin Drummond, a member of the Pirates' 2009 state championship team.