Dauri Moreta made his way to the United States for the first time in 2016. Most of his time was spent with the Arizona League Reds, but he appeared in two games with Billings to end the year. In 2017 he returned to Billings to start his season in late June. The stay was a short one. The right handed pitcher made just four appearances, all 1-inning shutouts before being promoted to Dayton on July 8th.
To say that things got out to a rough start with the Dragons for Dauri Moreta would be an understatement. He allowed four runs in his first outing. Another four runs came in the second outing. And in his third outing two more runs were charged against him. Over those first three outings he allowed 10 runs in 3.0 innings. It was not the start he was looking for, but he buckled down. In the next six outings to finish out July he threw 8.2 shutout innings. Moreta allowed just one hit in that span along with two walks and seven strikeouts.
The streak didn’t quite carry over into the start of August. Dauri Moreta allowed three runs over his first two appearances of the month. After that, though, he went onto a dominant run for the rest of the season. It began with three strikeouts in 2.0 innings on the 6th. He would close out the regular season with three consecutive outings of 2.0 shutout innings with a combined 11 strikeouts and just one walk. In 10 outings from the start of August through the end of the season he threw 15.2 innings with a 2.87 ERA. That came with just four walks and he struck out 26 of the 62 batters he faced in that span. He carried that into the playoffs where he made four more appearances, throwing 4.1 shutout innings with six more strikeouts.
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Dauri Moreta Scouting Report
Fastball | Dauri Moreta has good velocity on his fastball, sitting in the 93-95 MPH range and touching higher at times.
Curveball | This is the put away offering for Moreta, an above-average 12-6 breaking ball with good biting action.
The 21-year-old took some steps forward during 2017. Despite a big jump in competition he took a big step forward with his ability to throw strikes. He’ll need to stay on top of his mechanics, as he did struggle at times with them and it did lead to control problems every so often. The one concern, at least statistically, is his ground ball rate. In 2017 at least, it was about as low as you’re going to see from a pitcher.
He’s got the pure stuff to be a strong relief pitcher in the big leagues. His fastball and curveball are both above-average pitches right now. If he can be like the guy who struck out 39 with just seven walks in his final 28.2 innings with a 1.57 ERA like he was down the stretch for Dayton, he could rocket his way up through the system in the next two years.