After posting a 2.35 ERA for the Billings Mustangs in 10 starts during the 2016 season, the Cincinnati Reds sent Scott Moss to Dayton to begin the 2017 season. The left handed starter got out to a rough start with the Dragons, though not entirely through a fault of his own. In the first two starts he allowed six runs in 4.1 innings, but six of those runs went down as unearned. He did walk six batters in those 8.2 innings, though. The final three starts of April went much better for Moss. In 17.1 innings he allowed just three earned runs (1.56 ERA). He walked just two batters and had 25 strikeouts in that stretch. That led to a 3.12 ERA in 26.0 innings with eight walks and 41 strikeouts.
The month of May kicked off with a solid start. In 5.0 innings in Beloit, Scott Moss walked four batters, but allowed no earned runs. The next two starts both were 5.0 inning starts with three hits allowed and one earned run between the two of them. On May 20th the lefty threw 6.0 hitless innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Teammates Carlos Machorro and Brian Hunter combined to complete the no-hitter. In the final two starts of the month he allowed five runs over 10.0 innings. From a peripheral standpoint, Scott Moss performed worse than he had in April. His walk rate jumped, giving out 15 free passes in 31.0 innings with 34 strikeouts. But, his ERA dropped to 1.74 during the month.
June got out to a strong start. Scott Moss allowed just one hit in 6.0 innings with two walks and six strikeouts. He stumbled a little bit the next time out, allowing four earned in 6.1 innings. On the 16th he matched his season high with 11 strikeouts, and no walks, in 6.2 innings while allowing just one run. The final two starts of the month were more of a struggle, though, as the left hander gave up eight earned in 10.0 innings. His walk rate improved, giving up just eight in 29.0 innings and he struck out 32 batters. But his ERA jumped to 4.03.
The month of July started out in a rough way for Scott Moss. He allowed 11 earned runs in his first two starts with five walks in 6.0 innings. He also hit three batters. Things would turn around from there. On the 16th he would toss 6.0 shutout innings, but he did walk four batters. His next start would be skipped before he returned to the mound on the 28th where he allowed a run in 5.0 innings with a walk and five strikeouts. Those first two starts crushed his monthly ERA, posting a 6.35 mark in 17.0 innings. He walked 10 batters during the month with 17 strikeouts.
August got out to a tough start. Scott Moss allowed four runs in 5.1 innings at home against Great Lakes. Things went much better the rest of the month. In those four starts he posted a 2.28 ERA in 23.2 innings with just three walks and 23 strikeouts. His final start of the season came on September 2nd and it was one where he escaped some jams. In 3.2 innings he allowed two runs on eight hits, including two home runs, two walks, and he hit a batter. Over those final five weeks and six starts he posted a 3.31 ERA in 32.2 innings with seven walks and 32 strikeouts. After allowing just four home runs in the first four months, he allowed seven down the stretch.
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Scott Moss Scouting Report
Fastball | The pitch worked in the 88-90 MPH range most of the season, but would touch higher at times – topping out around 92-93 during the season.
Slider | It’s an above-average pitch in the 80-83 MPH range with sweeping action to it rather than the hard, downward biting action. At times it can be a little inconsistent and can look a bit more like a curveball.
Change Up | The third pitch in his repertoire, it’s a fringe-average offering that works in the low 80’s.
The 2017 season was very interesting for Scott Moss. He didn’t spend much time on the mound at Florida due to injuries. The 2017 campaign was more about staying on the mound and remaining healthy, and the left hander passed that test with flying colors. But there was a lot more to his season than just staying healthy. He was downright dominant at times during the season – racking up a boatload of strikeouts along the way. There were some inconsistencies during the season, particularly with his control. Outside of a few hiccups in that regard, he showed plenty of control during the season. The Reds believe that Moss will pick up velocity with more time on the mound. If he does that, and can find more consistency with his slider, he could project well as a back end of the rotation starter.
There are some concerns with Scott Moss, too, though. Injuries cost him the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Florida. In 2016 he only threw 23.0 innings for the Gators during the season before the draft, then threw 38.0 innings for Billings. While the 2017 season was a full one, the injury history is a concern. His mechanics aren’t the cleanest and some scouts worry that it could lead to a need to move to the bullpen. If his velocity doesn’t improve, his stuff is more average-ish, making a move to the bullpen more likely in the future.