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First-round bust Daniel Moskos arrives in majors

Apr 30, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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Replacing the injured Evan Meek on Pittsburgh’s roster will be 2007 first-round pick Daniel Moskos, the Pirates announced Saturday.

It will be the first trip to the majors for Moskos, who was drafted fourth overall behind David Price (Rays), Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Vitters (Cubs) four years ago.  The Pirates weren’t interested in spending the money to secure Matt Wieters, who went fifth to the Orioles, and ended up choosing Moskos over talents like Jason Heyward, Madison Bumgarner and Jarrod Parker.

Moskos gets the call after opening the season with a 1.69 ERA and a 7/1 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings out of the pen for Triple-A Indianapolis.  The Pirates made him a full-time reliever last year, and he ended 2010 with a 4.14 ERA and 22 saves between Double- and Triple-A.

So, perhaps it’s not fair to call him a bust just yet.  He does have a chance of developing into a steady left-handed reliever.  But when the best-case scenario for the fourth overall pick is John Grabow‘s career, it’s safe to say something went wrong.

  1. bigtrav425 - Apr 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    pretty sure it is unfair to call him a bust.Heyward and Bumgarner didnt come on till last yr and who the hell is jarrod parker ? plus its the Pirates not his fault

    • raffy7 - May 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      I agree with bigtrav425 completely.
      There are plenty of high draft picks who never make it to the majors, or guys who didn’t come close to living up to their draft position. The Pirates have had quite a few of them – most definitely busts.
      How can you call Daniel Moskos a bust at this point? The kid just made it to the big leagues this week. He just turned 25 a few days ago. As bigtrav said, Jarrod Parker hasn’t done anything yet (didn’t he miss all of last year with Tommy John surgery?). Bumgarner (who obviously was very strong down the stretch last season) has been shaky at best in the early going this year. Moustakos and Vitters, drafted ahead of Moskos, haven’t even made it to the big leagues yet. I’m not claiming that Moskos is going to be better than these other guys or that the Pirates made the right move in selecting him over Heyward or Weiters (they most likely did not), but give the guy a chance before calling him a bust.

      And by the way, what does John Grabow have to do with anything? Why does he get thrown under the bus here? He’s no stud (and certainly had a horrible 2010), but has been an average but serviceable major league reliever for a long time.
      Do you want the #4 pick to be just an average reliever? of course not. But how does Pouliot determine that Moskos’ “best-case scenario” is John Grabow’s career? Pouliot himself says that Moskos has 22 saves last year and had strong numbers in Triple-A so far this year. Now he’s with the big club.

      Every time I finish a Hardball Talk article with a quizzical look on my face, I look at who wrote it, and its Matthew Pouliot every time.
      He just keeps writing articles that overdramatize whatever situation he is writing about. He keeps making the articles about himself by making strong overstatements about a player’s long-term outlook or defiantly (but prematurely) declaring what a team should do with a player. It seems that his main goal is to be the guy that can later claim “I was the first one to say they should’ve gotten rid of that guy!”

      I have commented on previous articles he has written on Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Alex Gordon in the past few weeks, and each time it is the same complaint. Pouliot’s opinions and claims in these situations are just odd and knee-jerk, especially for someone who seems rather informed on the facts.

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