Draft Report: Nats Eyeing Moskos?

According to sources close to the situation, the Nationals may be looking to nab a polished college pitcher with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft. Word around many scouting circles is that Clemson left-hander, Daniel Moskos may be the pitcher that Washington is setting their sights on. With this possibility in play, CapitolDugout.com recently caught up with Moskos for a Q&A session.

CapitolDugout: First of all, what are your overall feelings about your season so far and how do you feel things have gone for you?

Daniel Moskos: To be honest, it's only been an okay spring for me. I have had my ups and my downs, as well as a move from the closer role to the starting rotation. I feel like my stuff has been pretty good the entire spring, but my results have not been as good as I would like them to be.

CapitolDugout: About your move to the rotation, has that adjustment been a big challenge for you at all?  What have you had to do or change to make that switch work?

Daniel Moskos: The move has actually been easier than I thought it would be. I have had some pretty decent success as a starter but it has not been easy by any means. I do like being able to establish a routine though. As far as things that I needed to do differently, I needed to improve my command of all my pitches. I have four pitches and my conditioning routine had to change from sprint work to more of a long distance, get the blood flow out type deal.

CapitolDugout: Obviously the switch to the starting rotation changes things on a couple levels.  For one, I assume it was made to benefit the team, and also it definitely changes the way you are viewed by pro scouts.  In what role do you see yourself long term and in what ways do you think it has changed the way scouts look at you?

Daniel Moskos: You are correct in your assumption because it was made for the betterment of the team. And, I feel like I have done everything I can in order to help our team. I feel that I am a starter; that is what I have always felt comfortable doing, and that is what I see myself doing in the long run. As far as pro scouts go, I feel that there were questions as to whether or not I could start, because some scouts thought I could. What this has done has just showed some of them that I can start.  I think I have been able to show that I have a durable body, and that I wont necessarily lose my velocity with a move to the rotation.

CapitolDugout: Exactly in what ways do you think you might utilize your pitches differently in a starting role compared to when you were closing?

Daniel Moskos: In the starting role you definitely have to utilize all of your pitches. When I was closing I was pretty much using two pitches, mainly my fastball and slider, and it was because I was only pitching one inning at a time.  Now that I am starting I am able to use my curveball and my changeup a lot more.  I think it makes me much more effective.  As far as attacking hitters, I am using my fastball a lot more early in the game because I will face hitters at least three times in a start, where as only once in a relief appearance.

CapitolDugout: Now, if you would, please describe your repertoire of pitches, etc.

Daniel Moskos: I throw a two and four-seam fastball, both of which are pretty consistent in velocity, sitting in the low-90's and getting up into the mid-90's occasionally.  I have curveball that has more of 12-6 action, but I am unsure of the velocity of that.  My slider is harder than my curveball and has more tilt to it; it is usually in the low to mid-80's.  My changeup is my fourth pitch. It's pretty much a straight changeup. My fastball and slider are my two best pitches, but the curveball and changeup are both above average.

CapitolDugout: If you had to compare yourself in style to a big leaguer pitcher who would it be an why?

Daniel Moskos: As a closer I would have said B.J. Ryan, or Billy Wagner, mainly because of my fastball, slider combo, as well as the shorter stature.  However, as a starter I think that Tom Gorzelanny or Erik Bedard is a fair comparison, although I throw more pitches than they do.  Also, my velocity might not be quite the same as theirs.  That is a very tough question because I don't know who I really compare to.

CapitolDugout: Looking at where you are at right now, what type of improvements do you think you need to make?

Daniel Moskos: From where I'm at right now, I need to improve my fastball command, so that I can work ahead of hitters.  Also I need to improve my consistency because I can't have two good outings followed by a bad outing. So, much of the game depends on how your starter pitches and if I have to come out of the game in the 5th inning that messes up the bullpen.

CapitolDugout: How many scouts have been at your games this spring?

Daniel Moskos: To be completely honest, I don't really know. I know that they are always there, and there a usually a pretty decent amount, but I try not to pay attention to it.

CapitolDugout: Who will you be using as your advisor?

Daniel Moskos: The company is known as SFX. My advisor's name is Mark Pieper.

CapitolDugout: Generally speaking, what have you heard about where you stand in the draft?

Daniel Moskos: From what I have heard, I think that once the first 30 picks have been made, I should have been drafted.

CapitolDugout: To this point, what have you heard in regards to what teams may be interested in you?

Daniel Moskos: I have heard that there is a lot of interest from the Nationals; however, I do not know what any of that means. Sometimes I would just like to know what was going to happen, but I can't complain with my situation, and right now, I am just focused on winning for my team. I feel like the Nationals, Orioles and Pirates have the most interest. The Brewers and Rockies have showed considerable interest as well. I try not to get caught up in it though. I just love playing the game.

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