Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Left-Handed Pitcher Sam Moll

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that they have claimed left-handed pitcher Sam Moll off of waivers from the Oakland A’s.

The 25-year-old Moll made his Major League debut this September with the A’s, posting a 10.80 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP over 6.2 innings and 11 appearances. He spent the rest of the 2017 season in Triple-A, split between the A’s and the Rockies, where he posted a 3.64 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, with 47 strikeouts in 54.1 innings over 50 appearances. Moll has two options remaining.

Baseball America rated him among the top 30 prospects for the Rockies four times since he was a third round draft pick in 2013. They reported that he has a mid-90’s fastball with life, which gets swinging strikes and ground balls. He also has a mid-80s slider, which is an effective out pitch. Moll has a 1.44 GO/AO ratio during his minor league career and has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning every season.

The 40-man roster now has one open spot.

  • 25 years old, couple of decent pitches,
    two options, moving to a more pitcher
    friendly AAA team, ok to fill a spot on
    the roster for now.

  • I’m going to have to Moll this over. Not sure if I even have an opinion on this get, much less what that opinion might be.

  • You mean this guy was put on the 40 man roster and will not be exposed to the rule 5 draft? Makes little sense to me.

  • Nice to Moll you…meet you.
    Don’t say Moll.
    I said Moll.
    Molley Molley Molley Molley Molley.

  • Wow! No post yet about this being NH’s biggest off season acquisition yet?

  • Where have you gone Brady Dragmire….

  • Just like last year, the Pirates are trying to corner the market on lefty relievers!

    • Not really there’s only one that you can pencil in currently and he can be seen in the 9th vs 3 entrenched last year and they considered having a 4th going into the season.

    • I should’ve read your post before writing mine.

  • Triple A depth option or do you see possible bullpen depth for the Buccos this year?

    • Likely AAA, but if he doesn’t get outrighted later this offseason, he has a chance to compete. He is a likely to be outrighted as anything right now.
      Will be several of these grab-n-go flyers this winter.

      • michael schalke
        November 27, 2017 5:41 pm

        Very thoughtful and concise reply. Do you work for Baseball America?

      • Outrighted is the key word for this kid and all of the others the Pirates will play musical chairs with during the off-season. That 10.80 ERA and 2.40 WHIP are far less than encouraging, and his height of only 5’10” is very un-Pirate-like.

    • Feels like last year when the pirates collected every available lefty that could get anywhere near the plate.