The 2018 season was a bit of a struggle for Dauri Moreta. He spent time in both Billings and Dayton during the year. While he struck out 79 batters in just 55.2 innings, he also allowed 42 earned runs – giving him a 6.79 ERA on the season.
When the season began in 2019 for the Daytona Tortugas, Dauri Moreta wasn’t on the team. The right-handed pitcher would join the club on May 4th, and the force wasn’t with him on that day as he allowed three earned runs in 1.2 innings. It was a tough start to his season, but he only allowed one earned run the rest of the month. In his seven appearances he threw 11.2 innings with a 3.09 ERA, three walks, and he struck out nine batters during the month.
June began much like May did – giving up multiple runs in his first outing. And just like in May, he rebounded well. The right-handed reliever only allowed two earned runs the rest of the month, tossing 13.2 more innings. June would see him throw 15.2 total innings with just three walks, 23 strikeouts, and he posted a 2.30 ERA.
July would go down as the best month of the season for Dauri Moreta, but he had to get that first outing with a run out of the way first. After giving up one earned in 2.2 innings against Tampa on July 1st he wouldn’t give up another run on the month – earned or unearned. The strong June he had carried forward and then some as he posted a 0.56 ERA in 16.0 innings with just two walks and 18 strikeouts.
Dauri Moreta’s scoreless run extended into August for the first three games. But from August 10th through August 20th he gave up runs in four out of five games. He would rebound well in the final week of the season, tossing 5.0 perfect innings with six strikeouts over two games. It would wind up being the worst month for the right-handed reliever from an ERA standpoint, with a 3.86 mark in 14.0 innings. He did walk just one batter and have 14 strikeouts, but three home runs allowed led to his season home run total doubling.
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Dauri Moreta Scouting Report
Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 185 lbs | Acquired: International FA, March 2015
Fastball | The pitch works in the 93-95 MPH range and will occasionally touch higher.
Slider | An above-average offering that works in the low-to-mid 80’s with good biting action to it.
Change Up | His third offering, working in the mid-80’s is an average to slightly above-average pitch.
A three pitch repertoire where all of the pitches are at least average, with an above-average breaking ball is a solid base to start with for Dauri Moreta. In today’s game, 93-95 isn’t the velocity that it was a decade ago, but it’s still plenty. The slider is a swing-and-miss caliber pitch. For a reliever, he’ll also use the change up quite often.
The 2019 season was a big step forward for Dauri Moreta. He lowered his ERA by nearly four-and-a-half runs from the season before. A big reason for that was the massive improvement he made in his ability to throw strikes. Since coming to the United States in 2016, his walk rates had been 14.2%, 10.1%, and 10.3%. In 2019 that rate dropped to an elite level, walking just 4.1% of the hitters that he faced. Coupling control with quality stuff, and you’re going to tend to see good results, and that’s what took place last season for the right-hander.
If the steps forward in the ability to throw strikes continue to carry forward, Dauri Moreta looks like he’s got a chance to be a quality middle reliever in the Major Leagues. And he’s also shown the ability to throw multiple innings, too – giving him perhaps a little bit more value. Keeping an eye on the walk rate will be key, but he’s got the pieces to have a solid Major League role in the future.
Interesting Stat on Dauri Moreta
Moreta is, and has been a fly ball pitcher. Over the last three seasons his ground ball rate has been just 34%. What’s been interesting is that his infield fly ball rate, which is something that historically pitchers do seem to have some control over, has also been very high. Of the fly balls he’s allowed, 26% of them have been caught by infielders over the last three seasons. For perspective, only Josh Hader’s 21.4% topped the 18% mark in the Major Leagues during 2019.
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