Braves sign pitcher from Australian WBC team

The Braves signed another option for Triple-A Richmond this weekend. BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has the story.

The Atlanta Braves have signed right-handed pitcher Peter Moylan to a minor league contract.

Moylan was on the WBC Australian team with Damian Moss, also signed by the Braves this weekend. He allowed one run on one hit in 1.2 innings against Venezuela, but also walked five and struck out four (including Magglio Ordonez, Omar Vizquel, and Bobby Abreu).

Originally signed by the Minnesota Twins back in 1996, Moylan spent two years in the Gulf Coast League, with his best season being in 1997 (4-2 in 12 games, 7 starts, 46 hits in 40 innings pitched, 21 runs, 10 walks, and 40 strikeouts). But after that season, Moylan quit baseball and went back home to Australia.

He had played baseball off and on for recreation, but had a regular job for several years. Recently, Moylan started pitching seriously again and decided to try out for the WBC team. The Braves' scouts in Australia, Phil Dale and Neil Burke, were scouting Moylan and placed him on the WBC team, but were also watching him for the Braves. Several other teams had been trying to sign him when the Braves inked him to a deal.

Moylan has a low three-quarter delivery with a loose arm. His fastball is in the 92-96 mph range, and he also has a decent slider. Moylan has a good live fastball, but his control is an issue. The Braves really aren't sure what they have in Moylan yet, and hope to take the next three weeks to fully evaluate his talent. As of now, he's a candidate for Richmond's bullpen.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at

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