Results tagged ‘ Daniel Moskos ’
Had a couple of things I wanted to throw at you today.
day of Spring Training games on Wednesday, of course. I was going to
effort to provide a list of prospect performances, but why do something
that someone else has already done for you? Stumbled upon this Spring prospect watch
on MinorLeagueNotebook.com. First time I’ve seen the site so I can’t
really vouch for it, other than to say it saved me from shooting
through all the box scores from yesterday. I’d love to say I’ll be more
proactive and do this myself through the spring, but who am I kidding?
Keep an eye on that Giants game today.. friend of B3 (and Giants
pitching prospect) Kevin Pucetas will be among those throwing.
of Pucetas, he’s been kind enough to agree to blog for us during the
2009 season. It’s not up and running yet — he wanted to get past this
Spring outing first — but should get going soon. And it should be a
good one. His AFL blog
was outstanding. Speaking of blogs, plans are coming along nicely for
our 30 Minor League blogs. We’re up to about 24 who have committed to
doing it, so make sure you check to see when a new one has rolled out.
We gave Chris Hayes some love a while ago, and he’s back with a very
thought-provoking post over at Disco Hayes.
But I wanted to point out that we’ve got two other good ones going now
as well. One is from Arizona 2008 first-rounder Daniel Schlereth, Bloggin’ with D-back Dan. The other comes from Pirates 2007 first-round pick Daniel Moskos, Moskie Madness, where the left-hander is trying to set some kind of record in terms of interactivity.
Baseball Classic: Can’t really call it a series, because it hasn’t been
tied together in any real way, but Lisa Winston (she of got milb?
fame) have been writing a story about the Minor Leaguers on Classic
rosters (first provisional, then final) every day. We’ve pretty much
covered everyone, but since we don’t have a landing page for all of
them, lets use this as a impromptu place where you can find all of them
(keep in mind, we’ve got a couple still coming).
Arizona: Gerardo Parra | Atlanta: Panama Express | Baltimore: Italian jobs | Boston: Chinese Taipei | ChiCubs: Alessandro Maestri | ChiSox: Cole Armstrong | Cincinnati: Wilkin Castillo | Cleveland: The Espinos | Colorado: Adam Bright | Florida: Chris Leroux | Houston: Stubby Clapp | Kansas City: Dylan Lindsay |
LA Angels: Freddy Sandoval | LA Dodgers: Ivan De Jesus | Milwaukee: Brett Lawrie | Minnesota: Luke Hughes | NY Mets: Ruben Tejada | NY Yankees: Liu Kei and Zhang Zhenwang | Oakland: Scott Mitchinson | Philadelphia: Drew Naylor and Joel Naughton | Pittsburgh: Jamie Romak | San Diego: Luis Durango | San Francisco: Sharlon Schoop
- Still to come: Mariners, Cardinals, Blue Jays
- Finally, a word of concern. I came across this troubling story.
Here’s the crux of it: Long working hours may raise the risk of mental
decline and possibly dementia, research suggests. It goes on to say,
“It found that those working more than 55 hours a week had poorer
mental skills than those who worked a standard working week.
The American Journal of Epidemiology study found hard workers had
problems with short-term memory and word recall.” I’d say more but I
can’t remember what I was going to say and the words just aren’t coming
Hey all. Sorry B3 has been on hiatus awhile. Me and Mrs. B3 were away for a week in honor of our 10th wedding anniversary (a complete blog post on that will be forthcoming, for those curious).
Back in the saddle now, the job has taken me to Lynchburg and Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday and today. Aside from getting driving through what I think was the worst thunderstorm ever to get from Lynchburg to the hotel here in Charlottesville, it was a very productive trip.
We got a little lucky yesterday. We came here with the objective of doing a feature on Orioles top prospect (and 2007 first-round pick) Matt Wieters. That mission was indeed accomplished, but we got a lot more bang for our buck. Turns out that Daniel Moskos was on the hill for Lynchburg and we got to talk to him post-game as well (throw in an interview with Carolina League batting leader Jim Negrych and I’d say we got our money’s worth. Look for all of this fine work in the coming days).
Remember, this wasn’t just a matchup of two first-round picks from last year. It was the guy the Pirates did take — Moskos — facing the guy everyone thought they should take — Wieters. It was pretty clear that the intrigue in that wasn’t lost on Moskos, who picked a good day (since we had come all this way) to have the best start of his pro career. He pitched into the seventh inning (6 2/3 to be exact) and didn’t allow a run, not walking anyone and allowing just three hits while striking out three. By my count, he induced 12 groundball outs (As an added bonus, he was facing Pedro Beato, a good pitching prospect in his own right. Beato had some nasty stuff, but was all over the place command-wise in the first inning, forcing his pitch count up and forcing him out of the game after four innings.).
The biggest reason for his success compared to some of his previous up-and-down outings? Fastball command. Now that may sound a little oversimplified since it’s always about fastball command, isn’t it? But it should be noted that the Pirates have asked Moskos to focus on throwing his four-seamer more often and more consistently. So some of the reasons he’s been a little inconsistent is that he’s, in effect, learning how to throw the pitch in on-the-job training. Last night, he simply had really good feel for the heater.
As for the Wieters-Moskos matchup? It looked like the catcher would have the upper-hand early, when he hit a ball opposite field off the wall in the first inning. But Moskos got him to ground out the next two times he faced him, so Round 1 goes to Moskos, though as the lefty put it — Wieters did go 1-for-3 and that’s about what people should expect from the guy.
As the resident draft guy, it sure was fun to see these guys play in person for the first time. Wieters is a ridiculous physical specimen and you wonder how a guy that big can stay behind the plate. But then you see him move and it makes some sense. He’s incredibly agile and athletic. Frederick manager Tommy Thompson was emphatic in his praise of how Wieters has handled the spotlight and about his leadership skills behind the plate. Keep in mind that he’s basically calling his own game for the first time. It’s one of the bigger problems with big college programs, in my opinion — everything is over-programmed and the coach controls everything. At Ga. Tech, Wieters wasn’t charged with anything — calls on pitch selection, location, even pickoff throws to first, all came from the dugout. Now, the O’s are asking Wieters to pick up all of those skills during his pro debut season. So far, he seems to be a quick study.
Today, I put on my draft hat and go to see Howie Long’s kid (Kyle), who’s actually a baseball player. Then we go on to watch University of Virginia tonight, so you can check out my report on that visit over at Geeking on the Draft.
I leave you with this: On the long drive down from Pittsburgh, I’m enjoying the farms and rolling hills of Virginia. Beautiful country, really. I pass by a little road-side store which sports a big sign that says, “FRIED CHICKEN GIZZARDS.” Now, I have no problem with any store selling anything and maybe that’s a delicacy in these parts. What is concerning to me is that it’s so popular that this place of business felt it would be a huge drawing card to trumpet that they carry the item.
Anyone know what fried chicken gizzards tastes like? And “it tastes like chicken” is not an acceptable response. If you want a recipe for this “delicacy,” check one out here.
I’ll catch up with y’all (see, I’m fitting right in) later.