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Scott Moss was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 4th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. He spent three years at the University of Florida, but he missed his freshman season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and his sophomore season when he had a second procedure to clean up some things in his elbow. During his junior season he was finally able to get on the mound, and while he only threw 23.0 innings, mostly out of the bullpen (nine relief appearances, five starts), he performed very well.
After the draft he was sent to join the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League. While there, Scott Moss continued his strong 2016 as he posted a 2.35 ERA in 38.1 innings over 10 starts. The left hander had 14 walks and 29 strikeouts to go along with just two home runs allowed.
The Reds sent the former Gator to pitch in the Dayton Dragons rotation to start the 2017 season. The results through 11 starts have been outstanding. He’s thrown 57.0 innings and allowed just 41 hits to go along with a 2.37 ERA. He’s walked 23 batters and struck out 75 of his Midwest League opponents along the way. There have only been two stars where he’s allowed more than two earned runs. By-and-large, he’s been dominant.
(There’s some video of Scott Moss pitching within the video below starting at the 45 second mark)
Scott Moss Scouting Report
The left hander has a big body, checking in at 6′ 5″ and a listed 215 lbs. Despite the size of a starting pitcher, his history with injury and some mechanical concerns exist with some scouts I’ve talked to, who believe he is likely to wind up in the bullpen down the road. I’m more in a wait-and-see mode there. With his history, there’s a lot to prove in terms of how his arm, and his stuff can hold up over a full seasons workload.
Fastball | The pitch has been working in the 88-90 MPH range this season, touching 91-92 at times.
Slider | His main secondary offering he uses, the pitch comes in at 80-83 MPH. It’s an above-average offering with good breaking action that’s a bit more sweeping than a true up-and-down slider. He refers to the pitch as a slider, though some scouts have referred to it as a curveball. I’ll stick with a slider for now, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Trackman data says it’s moving more like a typical curve than slider.
Change Up | This is more of an average-ish offering at this point, working in the low 80’s.
There’s plenty to like from Scott Moss. He’s a lefty with solid velocity now as a starter. However, he’s been up to 95 when coming out of the bullpen at Florida. With his size, and his higher velocity out of the pen mixed in with his limited use over the last several years because of injury, it wouldn’t be surprising if he picked up a little more on the fastball moving forward. The breaking ball is a quality one, though as he continues to move up the ladder he will need to throw it in the strikezone a bit more often than he has to do against the less advanced hitters he’s been seeing in the Midwest League this year. The walk rate is a little bit higher than you’d like from a starting pitcher.
I’d also like to add that while working on this article, Zach Buchanan at the Cincinnati Enquirer was also writing about Scott Moss. If you’ve made it this far, you should go give it a read, too.