Pirates Prospect Interview: Daniel Moskos

Daniel Moskos

The Pirates selected pitcher Daniel Moskos with the fourth pick in the 2007 Major League draft. The lefty from Clemson appeared in 11 games for the Class A State College Spikes and posted a 0-0 record with a 4.26 ERA and one save. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko interviewed Moskos recently.

GVB-- How did you feel about your first experience in the minor leagues?

DM-- It was definitely a learning experience. It's been a long season and I was probably a little more tired than I thought. I had to really learn how to pitch instead of just relying on my stuff like I had been able to do. It was a learning experience - you're facing good hitters and they're on top of their game and they are going to hit you around a little bit.

GVB-- Things started off badly, but your last four outings after August 31 you were not scored on and it lokked like you made some adjustments. You were shutdown for a couple of games and worked on mechanics. Were you more comfortable after that?

DM-- Yeah, that's correct - Director of Player Development Brian Graham wanted to shut me down for the season because he could tell that I was a little tired, but our pitching coach Wilson Alvarez saw something in my delivery that he wanted to change and he just helped me really stay back and stay behind the ball a lot better and my velocity was better when I came off that break and my off speed was better and it was really a pleasure to work with an ex-big leaguer and have him work out somethings mechanically. It helped.

GVB-- It had to feel good to finish the stint at State College on a positive note?

DM-- It really was - you're finally starting to figure some things out. You don't really want the season to end, but at the same time it was a long season, but it was nice to end with those good appearances.

GVB-- You went to Florida Instructional League - what did they have you work on?

DM-- The areas that I worked on were - being faster to the plate - I'm a little bit slow to the plate. They wanted me to pick that up in terms of getting my hands started as soon as I lift my leg - instead of lifting my leg and then getting my hands started. Also developing a change up and holding runners - my pickoff move is not very good - so they worked with me a lot on that.

GVB-- Did you feel it was a productive Instructional League?

DM-- Yeah, it was very productive. It was nice to get to work with all the coaches throughout the organization and it was nice to put faces with all the names. Getting to work with our new pitching coordinator Jeff Andrews was really good. It was definitely a good learning experience.

GVB-- I guess you are going to take a little time off now?

DM-- I've started working out already. They don't want me touching a baseball I believe until January - so it will be nice to give my arm a little bit of a break. But I've got to keep the body in shape.

GVB-- Last year you got your feet wet at Class A State College. Where are you hoping to start out this next season?

DM-- Well, from what I understand they are going to be a little bit careful with me because of the previous injuries they've had with other first rounders. I really don't know where I'm going to start - it all sort of depends on how well I perform in spring training before they place me with a certain team. I do know that if I pitch well I have to potential to move through the organization quickly. That's just a goal of mine to pitch well so I can put the decision in their hands.

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