Daniel Moskos will put on a Pittsburgh Pirates big league uniform tonight for the first time in his career. He is well known in Pittsburgh as being the player picked ahead of Matt Weiters.
Moskos pitched well in his second tour at AAA Indianapolis. After dominating AA Altoona at the beginning of last season with 17 saves and a 1.45 ERA he was promoted to AAA Indianapolis. He lost it. He struggled in 19 appearances and was sent back to finish the season where he started it, in AA Altoona.
This year has been different for Moskos. He hasn’t been used as a closer keeping him available for longer outings (three times he has pitched two innings) and speciality situations. He has thrown 10.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs. Both of those runs came against Toledo, leaving Moskos scoreless in seven of his eight games. His only walk came on April 8 in his first appearance.
The left hander will replace setup man Evan Meek who is reported to go on the disabled list retroactive to numerous dates depending on speculation.
[We first saw news of Moskos promotion on Twitter at 11:30 this morning by http://twitter.com/colin_dunlap]
The move surprised us a bit, but looking back perhaps Clint Hurdle gave us a peek we should have believed. Hurdle was positive in his comments regarding Moskos after he was designated for AAA during spring training. Here is a quote from the skipper on the Pirates first-round pick from 2007.
It very well could play out this year for him, it would not surprise me at all, if there is a need and he pushes the envelope.–Clint Hurdle
Moskos liked what he heard.
That’s definitely encouraging to hear him say those kind words about me. I did a lot of hard work this offseason to put myself in that position. It didn’t work out the way I wanted, but for him to say that I’m close is very encouraging. That will help me deal with today.
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