The Cincinnati Reds have called up right handed pitcher Jon Moscot from Louisville today. The right hander was the 4th round pick by the Reds in the 2012 draft and he will be the first player for the Reds from that draft to make his debut.
Moscot has moved quickly through the system, spending 2012 with the Arizona League Reds for two appearances before making 10 starts in Billings, posting a 2.63 ERA between the two stops. He was advanced enough that the organization skipped him over Dayton the next season and sent him directly to Bakersfield.
He had some early struggles with the Blaze, posting a 9.72 ERA in his first four starts in the extremely hitter friendly league, but then posted a 3.73 ERA over his next 18 starts and got a late season promotion to Double-A Pensacola where he made six starts with a 3.19 ERA.
He began 2014 back in Pensacola where he made 25 starts with a 3.13 ERA in 149.1 innings and got another late season promotion, this time to Triple-A Louisville where he made three starts to finish out his year.
After impressing Bryan Price in spring training, the Reds sent the Pepperdine product back to Louisville this season. He made nine starts, going 7-1 with a 3.15 ERA this year with 54.1 innings pitched.
Here are his career stats:
Quick Scouting Report
I’ve described Jon Moscot as Mike Leake-like in the past. He’s going to throw four pitches, fastball, slider, curveball and a change up. All four pitches are average to slightly above-average. His fastball is going to work in that 89-92 range and he tops out around 94 MPH. His slider is the best offspeed pitch he brings, and it’s a slightly above-average pitch and the one he tends to go to more often among the offspeed offerings.
He’s a strike thrower who can use all of his pitches in the strikezone. The one thing that makes the Mike Leake comparison a bit off is that Moscot, unlike Leake, is a fly ball pitcher. In the minor leagues, Moscot has a groundball rate of 40% for his career (Leake is at 50% for his big league career).