Dauri Moreta signed with the Cincinnati Reds in March of 2015 as an 18-year-old. The right handed pitcher turned 19 shortly after and found himself pitching in the Dominican Summer League later that summer.
The results were outstanding. Dauri Moreta dominated the hitters in the league, posting a 1.69 ERA. In 21.1 innings he walked seven and had 30 strikeouts. That performance led to a promotion to the United States in 2016. Most of his season was spent in Arizona where he posted a 2.05 ERA in 30.2 innings. There were some control issues, he walked 18 batters. But he also struck out 53.
He saw a late promotion to Billings, making two appearances in the regular season and two more in the post season. With the Mustangs he pitched 5.0 innings with three earned, four walks and seven strikeouts. Three of the walks came in his first outing after his promotion.
On Tuesday I had my first chance to see him in person. I had some background information on what he threw, but being able to see guys in person always is a better look.
His fastball was working in the 93-94 range on this day against the Langley Blaze (elite level Canadian travel team consisting of high schoolers). Moreta was overmatching them, which isn’t terribly surprising. The curveball was outstanding and left the younger kids with next to no chance. It was an impressive showing despite the competition level. From a stuff standpoint, he really sticks out. Side note: That was NOT me striking out in that last clip, but that kid has a nice last name (Dawson Gray).
Where will Dauri Moreta play in 2017?
It appears that he’ll begin the season in extended spring training. You never really know how things will play out as the season moves along and he could find himself in Dayton with the right circumstances. At this point though, I’d look for Moreta to begin the year with the Billings Mustangs in June. He’s certainly someone to keep an eye on though when it comes to relief prospects in the lower levels for 2017.