Moon leaves Redan with broken records and plenty of memories

Redan High School graduating senior Bernard Moon was recently drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by the Cincinnati Reds after leaving Redan as a heavily decorated athlete who helped the baseball team reach the state championship in 2022.

Moon was a first team all-state, all-county, and all-region baseball player at Redan. He was named the District and Region Player of the Year in 2023, made the Atlanta Braves 400 Club All Star Team, was named the Chicago White Sox Double Duty Classic MVP, and was the 2023 DeKalb County School District (DCSD) batting champion with an average of .626 – which beat the former DCSD record of .610 held by Redan alum Brandon Phillips. Moon also tied the all-time DCSD record for single season hits with 57 this season.

Additionally, Moon led the district in home runs (nine), RBIs (49), scoring (49), and triples (six) in 2023.

“I was always looking up to those guys who came before me. They always drove me to be the best player I could be, and I think I accomplished a lot of that during my time here,” said Moon.

Moon with the Chicago White Sox Double Duty Classic West MVP Trophy. File photos

Moon’s high school journey started in Gwinnett County for the Parkview High School Panthers. He transferred to Redan as a sophomore and got hurt – stunting his team’s season and Moon’s college recruitment. However, Moon said the team formed at Redan during his sophomore year and the adversity they endured made the squad ready for his junior season run in 2022.

Moon had connections to Redan before he transferred. His dad knew Hall of Fame Redan coach Greg Goodwin and Moon had worked out with Brandon Phillips and Phillips’ father before Moon was in high school.

Moon said the prior connections helped him transition seamlessly. So, when he was healthy and ready to roll – Redan started piling up wins. Redan went from 15-10 in Moon’s sophomore season to 29-8 with a state championship appearance during Moon’s junior season.

“Once I got going my junior year, the team got going and we made a special run. The rest is history. I think that team is going down as the best in Redan history, even if we didn’t win it all,” said Moon. “We might not have been the best team on paper. We didn’t have all the commits, but everybody loved each other, and everybody played for each other. Once we came together, we stuck like glue.”

Redan baseball is one of the county’s most storied programs, boasting several hall of fame coaches, win records, state championship appearances, and a plethora of pro contracts. However, the Redan Raiders had a tough season during Moon’s junior year and had not played for a state title since 2013.

The wins and honors Moon took with him didn’t only help his trophy shelf and college offers, it also helped Redan baseball make a statement.

“They should be in a great spot next season. We kind of put them on the map and now they have a bunch of guys ready to take that next step,” said Moon.

Moon and the Raiders played at Coolray Field in the 2022 state championship series.

The boost to Redan baseball was also felt around the community.

“Redan has a baseball legacy, but it is dependent on student athletes carrying on that legacy. I definitely believe he left the baseball program in a good place,” said Redan High School Principal Vitella Dotson. “I think that’s what we want for the program … is someone dedicated like he was.”

Moon and those around him all took time to compliment his academics and to thank Redan High School for the academic aspects it offers.

“Bernard Moon at Redan is best known for baseball, but what I love most about him is his personal character. He’s a warm person, but he’s also very serious about his academics,” said Dotson. “He gives our students someone to look up to.”

Moon said his career goal is to be in the MLB, which he took a step toward in June when he was drafted No. 468 by the Reds – the same organization as Brandon Phillips. However, Moon said his hope for what he has accomplished so far is to make the Redan Hall of Fame.

“Whoever gets me, I’m going to give them the best player they can get,” Moon said before the draft. “But I also want to have my Redan jersey retired one day, posted in the school, in the hall of fame.”

Moon being drafted also broke a Redan drought by giving the Raiders their first draft pick since 2018. Two picks after Moon was selected, Redan alum Donye Evans was picked by the Detroit Tigers.

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