There are a lot of players around Major League Baseball you may recognize from the 2007 June draft. Players such as LHP David Price, C Matt Wieters, OF Jason Heyward, LHP Madison Bumgarner, Matt LaPorta and Rick Porcello are just some of the guys who have spent time in the major leagues. And in the case of Price and Heyward, they have played at an All Star caliber level.
Now there is another player from the 2007 draft that is going to try to make an impact in the major leagues. The Pittsburgh Pirates called up LHP Danny Moskos on Saturday to take the place of Evan Meek, who landed on the DL.
Moskos was the fourth pick in the 2007 draft.
The Pirates drafted Moskos as a starter, but after some unimpressive seasons as a starter, the Pirates converted him to a reliever in 2010. Before he was called up by the Pirates, Moskas had a 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and seven K’s in 10.2 IP in 2011.
Another site out there (won’t mention the name) called Moskos a “Bust.” I am going to have to disagree with that.
The baseball draft isn’t quite like the NFL draft in that a player is not guaranteed to play at the highest level. Including the supplemental picks, there were 64 players taken in the first round of the 2007 Draft. Only 18 of those players have appeared in a Major League game.
If Moskos is a bust, then what are those other players? Did the Pirates envision Moskos being a left-handed specialist when they drafted him with the fourth pick? No, I am guessing they didn’t. But the Kansas City Royals didn’t envision J.P. Howell being a lefty specialist when they took him with the 31st pick of the 2004 draft and before his shoulder surgery, he carved out a nice niche for himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game with the Tampa Bay Rays.
If Moskos turned into Howell would he be called a bust? I am guessing no.
Moskos made his major league debut against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday and looked pretty good. The slider for him is going to be key. He threw eight of them on Saturday, six of which were for strikes.
If he can get that over against lefties, he could be the Pirates’ left-handed specialist for a very long time.
Here are some other things you should know about Danny Moskos…
College: Clemson University. Clemson was home to this girl named Hildi in the late-90′s. She was the lifeguard at my summer camp and was one hot box of rocks.
Drafted: Fourth pick in the first round of the 2007 June Draft
Minor League Stats:
|AA (2 seasons)||AA||3.26||64||25||21||190.1||185||85||69||1.361||8.7||0.5||3.5||5.7|
|AAA (2 seasons)||AAA||7.07||27||0||2||28.0||35||23||22||2.000||11.2||1.0||6.8||8.0|
|Rk (1 season)||Rk||0.00||2||0||0||3.0||4||0||0||1.333||12.0||0.0||0.0||9.0|
|A- (1 season)||A-||4.26||11||0||1||12.2||19||8||6||1.974||13.5||0.7||4.3||9.2|
|A+ (1 season)||A+||5.95||29||20||0||110.1||124||83||73||1.514||10.1||0.7||3.5||6.4|
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