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...
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