When you are coming off of a season in which you posted a 2.35 ERA in 57.1 innings, it’s tough to think you’re going to go out and do better than that. But Dauri Moreta did just that and then some.
After a very successful 2019 season in Daytona with the Tortugas, the Cincinnati Reds sent the now 25-year-old reliever to Double-A Chattanooga to begin his 2021 campaign. In the 18 games that he pitched with the Lookouts he allowed earned runs in just three games and had a 1.35 ERA after his outing on July 4th – a game in which he allowed an earned run – before he was promoted to Triple-A Louisville.
Once Dauri Moreta arrived in Louisville he continued to dominate opposing hitters. From July 7th through September 11th he made 22 appearances and didn’t allow an earned run while throwing 24.2 innings. After more than nine weeks without allowing an earned run, Moreta gave up an earned run in back-to-back games to end his minor league season. Prior to those two final outings in Louisville, Moreta had gone from May 12th through September 11th where he allowed just two earned runs. Those two earned runs at the end of the season with the Bats pushed his ERA with Louisville to 0.68.
It was at that point that the Reds called Dauri Moreta up to the big leagues where he pitched in four games and allowed a run in 3.2 innings before the regular season came to an end. At the minor league level Moreta posted a 1.02 ERA in 53.0 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He allowed just 31 hits – 5 home runs – while walking 9 batters and striking out 58. His WHIP was an incredible 0.76 on the season while he went 6-0 and picked up 8 saves. Opposing batters posted a .164/.202/.259 line against him in the minors without a stolen base against him, just 3 doubles, and as mentioned above, just 5 home runs.