Florida Marlins Top 50 Prospect Countdown #31

LHP Todd Moser may be 27 years old but the Marlins front office still keeps him in the picture as a promising prospect. Find out why in this installment of the Marlins Insider's Top 50 Marlins Prospect Countdown

Florida Marlins Prospect Spotlight Countdown #31

Todd Moser
Vital Stats:
Position: Pitcher
DOB: October 28, 1976
Birth Place: Davie, Florida Height: 6'5 Weight: 190 lbs.
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Acquired: Drafted by the Marlins in the 14th Round (416th overall) of the 1999 amateur draft.

Overview:
Todd Moser was drafted by the Marlins after the 1998-1999 season in which he was received All-American honors. Moser was the leader of the Owls pitching staff who led FAU to an NCAA record tying 34 consecutive victories in the 1998-1999 season. FAU finished that season with a 55-9 final record before going down to the University of Miami in the finals of the NCAA regionals.

Repertoire:
Moser throws a two-seam fastball, curveball, slider, and a change-up. His fastball is mediocre at best topping out at 88 mph, and his curveball and slider are decent. His change-up however is a his best and most highly effective pitch.

Style:
Todd Moser is considered a finesse pitcher. That being said he is at his best when he is changing speeds and working locations. He is not going to overwhelm hitters with his hard stuff but his fastball can be made more effective when he has his change-up working.

Projection:
Being a lefty finesse pitcher and carrying an imposing presence on the mound because of his large frame (6'5), Moser gets a lot of comparisons to former Marlins LHP Mark Redman. The major differences between the two are that Redman's fastball has a little more giddy-up to it and his 12-6 curveball is a lot more effective.

Moser also would be well advised to work on better developing his upper body as he is a little slight in the shoulders. Also, he tends to lose confidence in himself when he starts to get hit a little bit.

His biggest strength is that he has very fine control and has always maintained low BB/IP ratios. His K/IP ratio numbers however are not at all impressive.

Estimated Time of Arrival:
Moser is now 27 years old but the Marlins are willing to be patient with him because nagging injuries have limited him almost every year in the system and he had a serious elbow injury in the 2001 season which delayed his progress by a full year. Todd has only had one season in which he started more than 20 games and pitched in more than 100 total innings. Plus, big lefty prospects always get a little more patience from management than a right-hander would.
When he has pitched he has been successful. He got his first crack at the Double A finesse pitcher litmus test in 2003 and while his H/IP numbers did increase he more than held his own. He participated in the 2003 Arizona Fall League where he worked in middle relief which is probably where the Marlins are now projecting his possible role with the big team.
Moser will start out this season with another go-around at Double A Carolina with a possible mid-season promotion to Triple A Albuquerque. With a quality season in 2004 he could earn an invite to next year's spring training.

Year

Team

G

GS

IP

W

L

SV

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Jupiter

5

5

30.0

3

1

0

25

7

24

1.50

2003

Carolina

18

18

97.2

6

4

0

107

29

87

3.41



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