Jon Moscot entered his second full season of professional baseball, ranked as the seventh best prospect in Cincinnati Reds organization. After six successful Double-A starts in August of 2013, the tall right-handed pitcher returned to Pensacola to begin the 2014 season.
Moscot was very solid in his first two starts, allowing only one run over 10 innings, with a 9/2 K/BB ratio, and a WHIP of 1.00. His next two starts did not go as smoothly, largely due to a brief spat with his control, as he allowed eight bases on balls and six earned runs in 12.1 innings, leading to two Blue Wahoos losses. He rebounded very nicely in his final start of the month by throwing eight shutout innings, allowing only three singles, while striking out four and walking one.
Moscot began May with three consecutive strong starts, going 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Over this stretch, the lanky California native whiffed 16, walked five and allowed just 15 hits in 20.0 innings. Moscot struggled with his control some, over his final three starts of the month, which prevented him from going deeper in games, as he exceeded 5.0 innings pitched in only one of these starts. For the month, Moscot posted a 2-2 record with a strong 2.75 ERA, and was also quite stingy surrendering hits, as the Southern League hit only .229 against him.
June began with two outstanding starts by the 22-year-old. On June 2nd, he fanned eight batters over 7.0 innings, while surrendering only four hits, one walk, and one run. The right hander was just as dominant in his June 7th outing, as he allowed one run on two hits, while striking out four and walking zero. Unfortunately for Moscot, the Southern League bats started heating up with the weather, and he really struggled over his final four starts of the month. Over this stretch, he was 0-3 with a 6.30 ERA, while allowing 35 hits, including three dingers, and seven free passes in just 20 innings.
The Pepperdine University product rebounded somewhat from his horrendous 4-game stretch, by posting a solid, but unspectacular, 4.35 ERA in July with a 18/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. After his mediocre July, Moscot made three quality starts for the Blue Wahoos in August. His best performance came on August 8th, when he fired seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits against the Jackson Generals. On August 18th, the Reds brass decided Moscot had pitched well enough to earn a promotion to Triple-A Louisville to cap off his stellar season. He didn’t skip a beat in his first two starts for the Bats, as he went 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. The one alarming statistic during these first two starts, was that he allowed four solo home runs, which accounted for all of the runs he yielded over the 12.1 innings. Moscot finished the month of August with a strong 3-1 record, 3.47 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 24/11 K/BB ratio in 36.1 innings.
Jon Moscot continued to progress during his second full season in the Reds organization. Although his strikeout rate declined in 2014, he slightly reduced his already strong walk rate, as the former fourth round draft pick continued to show promise. After throwing an organization leading 166.2 innings in 2014, Moscot will look to continue to improve his craft and increase his workload in 2015 in AAA, in hopes of preparing himself for a possible MLB rotation opening in 2016.
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