First Round Analysis – Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson

Round 1 (#4 overall) – Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson
Analysis: Moskos, a lefty, possess a fastball that can hit the mid-90′s as well as a hard-biting slider. Moskos also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which are considered average offerings. Moskos’ command is considered average, and he walked 31 batters in 59 innings this past season. Moskos was a reliever for the majority of his college career, and has a delivery that is considered maximum-effort. The Pirates will develop Moskos as a starter, hoping that his stocky 6-1, 205 pound frame will help him become an innings-eater.
It’s difficult to rationalize this selection. Moskos was seemingly not the best player available (Georgia Tech Catcher Matt Wieters), the best pitcher available (N.J. prep righthander Rick Porcello, Missouri State lefty Ross Detwiler, Indiana prep righty Jarrod Parker, Canadian HS righthander Phillippe Aumont) the best lefthanded pitcher available (Detwiler), or perhaps not even the best college reliever available (Vanderbilt righthander Casey Weathers.) There had been rumblings from several sources that the team did not get the OK from ownership to select Wieters, a Scott Boras client who is said to be seeking a Mark Teixeira-like major league contract.
When a team cannot afford to acquire premium talent on the free agent market, the organization must develop its own stars, and be willing to take high-upside players with some degree of risk, whether that be an occasional flameout or a tough sign. Much of the signability risk has been mitigated by a series of new draft rules. A club unable to sign any pick in the first 3 rounds will be awarded with a selection in the next year’s draft that is one pick later (for instance, if the Pirates were unable to come to terms with their first round pick in 2007, they would be awarded the 5th overall selection in the 2008 draft, along with their normal ’08 first round selection.) Why not take Wieters and attempt to come to terms with a potential franchise catcher? If things don’t work out in negotitations with Scott Boras, the Pirates get the 5th pick next year as compensation. While Moskos is not without talent, the organization’s lack of creativity and apparent unwillingness to spend money on THE most important aspect of the organization is frustrating.

Author: Matt Bandi

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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  • http://none Brad Crouse

    You guys need to shut this blog down now because there simply isn’t any more point.

  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates Cory Humes

    I feel bad for Moskos. Even if he reaches his ceiling — which Pirate prospects never do — he still won’t meet expectations.
    Maybe in a couple of years we’ll look back and think about how lucky DL got with this pick … but I doubt it.

  • http://pittsburghpiratescove.blogspot.com/ David Golebiewski

    I see 2 trends with recent Pirates high-round picks:
    1. An inability/unwillingness to spend on top-tier players that might require a somewhat bigger paycheck (Wieters, Porcello)
    2. A lack of confidence in the player development staff. The Pirates passed on a number of players that were considered to be superior talents today, many of which are (obviously) not fully polished. Do they Pirates simply feel that their development staff can’t help, say…:
    Ross Detwiler- Lanky lefthander who needs to gain some weight; college pitcher but considered somewhat of a project.
    Phil Aumont- 6-7 raw Canadian HS pitcher that may require some mechanical adjustments; needs work in developing his slider and changeup.
    Matt Dominguez- Slick-fielding California HS third baseman that has good raw power, but needs mechanical adjustments at the plate (plants his front foot too early, leads to an awkward hitch in his swing)
    These are just a few examples. I’m starting to think that the focus on lower-upside, polished college players (particularly in rounds 2-5) is a reflection of the team’s lack of confidence in its own player development system.

  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates/ Randy

    I was in the Detroit airport and glanced for a couple of minutes at the tube in a spots bar waiting to see who the Bucs had chosen. I saw the first couple of picks and with Wieters still available, figured the Bucs would’ve taken him. Wrong again. I can’t claim to follow amateur baseball to any great extent, but my first reaction was: I’ve never heard of this cat.
    I felt the way I did two years ago when the Raiders passed on Matt Leinart despite an obvious need for a potential franchise QB. Hopefully Moskos will work out.

  • Paul B.

    I don’t know what t say, except that the early 90′s seem even farther away than they did yesterday. I’m just sooooooooooo tired!

  • http://www.financecoachllc.com Travis

    I’m not surprised at all at this pick. After all, the goal is to maximize the daily profit statement of this club. You have to spend more money to increase revenue and that would potentially result in a decrease in profit potential. A violation of the prime directive.

  • http://www.financecoachllc.com Travis

    I’m not surprised at all at this pick. After all, the goal is to maximize the daily profit statement of this club. You have to spend more money to increase revenue and that would potentially result in a decrease in profit potential. A violation of the prime directive.

  • Deter

    You know how the home heating oil company has that budget plan where you place your heating oil order in the summer and lock in a low price for the winter….well the Bucs need to contact that Dr James Andrews and lock in some low prices on two more candidates for Tommy John Sugery….it’s only a matter of time….so if we’re lucky…..we’ll see our 1st and 2nd round picks in….Ummmm…2012 or so….if ever……