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Report on Mariners' Moore has been positive

Seattle's No. 5 prospect advancing quickly
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Andrew Moore has a lot on his plate this spring, looking to show what he can do in his first Major League camp with the Mariners.

But the 22-year-old right-hander also been assigned an extra duty by Mariners manager Scott Servais, tasked each day with being the "world reporter" who presents some sort of news update to teammates during the club's morning meeting.

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Andrew Moore has a lot on his plate this spring, looking to show what he can do in his first Major League camp with the Mariners.

But the 22-year-old right-hander also been assigned an extra duty by Mariners manager Scott Servais, tasked each day with being the "world reporter" who presents some sort of news update to teammates during the club's morning meeting.

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The former Oregon State standout, who was the Mariners' Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season and is their No. 5 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, has adapted to that role with the same vigor he takes to the mound.

"I talked one day about a wife that poisoned her husband's Lucky Charms, so I told the guys to stay away from Lucky Charms," Moore said. "And there was a pigeon race held over the weekend in Pakistan, so I reported on that. We'll talk about the World Baseball Classic a little bit. Just keeping everyone involved with stuff all around the globe.

"First I was the Oscars reporter and now the world reporter. So I'm keeping up on all the hard-hitting stuff."

The Eugene, Ore., native is making an impression with his arm as well, as he has yet to allow a run on just two hits over four innings. He made his first Cactus League start Sunday against the Dodgers and zipped through two frames in just 20 pitches.

"He just goes right after them," Servais said. "I think first time through the lineup especially, with the uniqueness to his delivery and how quick it is, he is going to be tough to hit. Good for him. He's off to a good start."

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Moore was so efficient against the Dodgers that he didn't get a chance to throw any curveballs, a pitch he wanted to work on. But he'll take the quick outing and look to build on it when he's expected to throw three innings in relief on Saturday against the Reds.

After going 12-4 with a 2.65 ERA between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Double-A Jackson last year, the Mariners feel Moore could have the stuff to help them at some point this season if needed. For his part, Moore is spending the spring being a sponge around pitchers Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and the like.

"It's been awesome," he said of his first camp. "Especially with the morning meetings, showing up and laughing and having a good time right away, then going outside and having Felix and Iwakuma and Paxton and all these guys. [Yovani] Gallardo has been around for years.

"Having them around all the time with so much knowledge. you can pick up on pitch sequencing and routines and everything, it's been huge having them be willing to give information and help us younger guys out."

And in return, Moore will keep reporting the news.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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