The first spring training game gets underway later today and there will be a bunch of minor leaguers taking the mound for the Cincinnati Reds. Not among the group pitching today would be right handers Jon Moscot and Nick Travieso.
Both pitchers have caught the attention of manager Bryan Price early in spring training. While I don’t want to rehash the linked articles, I thought it would be a good time to go into some quick scouting reports on each pitcher to give a better look at each guy.
The right hander was drafted out of Pepperdine in the 4th round of the 2012 draft and has moved rather quickly through the system, spending time in Double and Triple-A last season where he posted a 3.40 ERA over 166.2 innings. Most of that came in Double-A Pensacola, where he made 25 starts before a late season call up to Louisville where he made three starts.
Moscot doesn’t wow you with stuff like some of the Reds top prospects will, but he’s still got quality stuff. He will bring a fastball, slider, change up and a curveball to the table with all four pitches being at least average offerings. His fastball works in the 89-92 MPH range and he can touch 94 with the pitch. The slider is his best pitch and shows itself as an above-average offering. Where he stands out is how effectively he uses all of his pitches. He fits the old “he knows how to pitch” saying, mixing his pitches and locating them all rather well.
The reigning Cincinnati Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year is coming off of a season where he had a 3.04 ERA in 142.1 innings for the Dayton Dragons. It was a breakout season for the 2012 1st round pick where he led the league in wins and finished in the top 10 of several other categories.
Travieso is one of the previously mentioned pitchers that can wow you with his stuff. He’s got a fastball that was sitting in the 93-95 MPH most of the season and topped out in the upper 90’s. He also mixes in a slider that’s been described as a plus pitch and a solid change up. Much like Moscot, Travieso can throw strikes with all of his pitches. He was also able to generate an above-average rate of grounders in 2014.