Moscot Tosses Scoreless AA Outing

Jon Moscot is probably the best 2-14 pitcher in the minor leagues. He's faring a little better with his record since a promotion to AA, but failed to get a win after tossing six shutout innings on Sunday.

Pensacola allowed two runs in the seventh inning which was enough to hang a 2-0 loss on them by visiting Birmingham. Jon Moscot tossed six shutout innings, allowing eight hits/two walks while striking out seven for no decision. Parker Frazier relieved him and allowed two runs in the seventh for the loss. Michael Lorenzen and Lee Hyde finished the game with one scoreless inning each. Offensively the Wahoos were limited to five hits with two each coming from Yorman Rodriguez and Devin Lohman.

It was the fifth AA start for Moscot after spending most of the season at Bakersfield. While with the Blaze he was an example of how sometimes a won-loss record is not a good indicator of a pitcher's effectiveness. He earned the promotion for going 2-14 and with a record that bad it's a good bet there's some clunkers mixed into it. However, his mid-four ERA is one of the ten lowest of all qualifiers in the hitter-friendly California League this season. He didn't get a win for allowing no runs Sunday and he's now 2-1 with a sub-four ernie in the Southern League.

Moscot is a 6'4"/205# right-hander out of Pepperdine that came into the Cincinnati organization from a fourth round pick in the 2012 draft. He was impressive during the short season last year, making most of his dozen appearances at Billings where he kept an ERA below three and had a K/BB ratio of 26/6 over 25 innings pitched. That caused the Reds to jump him over Dayton into the high-A level to start the season. His ratio has gone down this year, but he's still maintained good rates by striking out 135 against 46 walks while tossing 141 frames.

It's no surprise that Moscot entered the organization such a polished pitcher after competing in a strong collegiate program. On the mound he brings a low-90's fastball that he mixes with a decent changeup. He's working on a slider and sweeping curve for third/fourth offerings. He's been effective at keeping the ball down and had a ground/air out ratio above one at Bakersfield, though since his promotion he's been getting more outs in the air while pitching at venues closer to sea level.

Moscot projects as a finesse pitcher with stuff that could land him in a mid-rotation job at the MLB level. Though he's been fast-tracked, he's not been overmatched against AA hitters. Pensacola recently lost Tim Crabbe who joined former teammates Chad Rogers and Ryan Dennick at Louisville and Moscot is making a strong case for a spot in the Wahoo's rotation come opening day next year.

The Reds thought enough of Moscot to invest the 142nd overall pick on him one year ago and in spite of his losing record, he's showing why. He even made some lists of top 20 Reds prospects before this season. He recently turned 22 years old and figures to return to Pensacola for the start of next season. Continued success in the Southern League will boost his rating into some more top prospect lists as he makes his case for another promotion up the pipeline into the top development level.

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The Reds were unable to cross the plate until a Joey Votto solo home run in the ninth in their 3-1 loss to visiting Milwaukee. Greg Reynolds made his second appearance of the season for the Reds and took the loss from a quality start, allowing two runs on five hits/two walks over six innings. Shin-soo Choo and Votto both reached safely twice from a hit and a walk.

Louisville failed to finish a four-game sweep in a 4-1 loss to visiting Toledo. Tim Crabbe took the loss in his AAA debut. He was victimized by a couple of errors while allowing three runs (one earned) in seven-plus innings pitched, giving up four hits/three walks while walking four. Mike Hessman had two of the five Bats hits and scored their only run.

Bakersfield allowed four runs in the fourth inning in their 4-2 loss to visiting San Jose. Juan Morillo reached base with two hits plus a walk and scored a run. Junior Arias had two hits and drove in one. The other RBI went to Juan Silva who reached with a hit and two walks. Shane Dyer took the loss for allowing four runs off seven hits/one walk over six innings whiles striking out six. Kyle McMyne and Pat Doyle combined for three scoreless innings while retiring all nine batters faced.

Dayton won 5-4 at Lansing in eleven innings. They took an early lead in the first when Beau Amaral led off with a triple and scored on a groundout. In the sixth they re-took the lead from a three-run rally that included three singles, an error, a sac fly, and an RBI-hit by Humberto Valor. IN the final inning Joe Hudson plated the winning run with a single. Amaral led the Dragons with three hits while Seth Mejias-Brean and Daniel Piggott added two each. Nick Travieso had a nice start, allowing only two unearned runs off six hits/two walks in six innings pitched for no decision. The Dayton bullpen combined for five scoreless frames including two=plus from Alejandro Chacin who notched the win and lowered his ERA below three. Jesus Adames retired the side in order in the eleventh for the save.

Billings allowed five runs in the fourth inning en route to an 8-3 home loss to Ogden. Carlos Sanchez had three of the eight Mustang hits and Adam Matthews added two doubles. Pedro Diaz took the loss for allowing six runs (five earned) in three innings pitched.

The AZL Reds expanded their lead with four runs in the sixth inning in their 5-1 win over the AZL Cubs. Cory Thompson had two of the six Reds hits and scored twice. The big hit of the game was a three-run homer by Shedric Long. Nick Routt got the start and did not allow a run in 2 2/3 innings. Franderlyn Romero relieved him with five-plus scoreless frames over which he allowed only one hit and no walks for the win.

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