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.

Jon Moscot

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.

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Nick Travieso

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.

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5 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    Assuming that both guys end up in the Reds rotation, Doug, and ignoring whoever might be blocking them, when are they projected to arrive? 2016 for Moscot, 2017 for Travieso? And where will they start the year? AAA and AA?

    • Doug Gray

      Moscot could arrive as early as mid-season this year. Whether a spot is open or not is another story, but if it is, he may be ready to step in by then. He will begin in Triple-A. Travieso is probably still two years away. There’s a chance he begins in Double-A Pensacola, but Daytona is probably more likely.

  2. tct

    Hope Moscot can give the Reds something in the second half this year. Maybe a solid long man or fill the role that Ondrusek used to fill. Only better. And hopefully he could be a decent fifth starter going forward.

    That being said, it’s hard to take anything the managers say in spring training seriously. Guys are always in the “best shape of their lives.” If a hitter is coming off a bad year they will always talk about some magical mechanical adjustment that is going to fix everything. I’ve already seen that story with Cozart. We saw the same stories last year about how impressed Price was with Corcino and he had another pretty bad year. I guess it’s just the nature of baseball that hope and optimism reign supreme this time of year. Plus, the team wants to build fan excitement for revenue reasons.

  3. Jeremy Conley

    It was very good to see Travieso have such a strong year last year, after some initial struggles. Pushing him to AA out of camp could be a stretch, but maybe if he looks good in spring they’ll challenge him.

    • Janet

      Travieso repeated a level last year, so skipping a level would be like getting him back on pace, so maybe not such a stretch. He was drafted a year after Stephenson, so you might expect that he should reach AA one year after Stephenson (plus Stephenson was not permitted to pitch in his draft year, which effectively made him a rookie the same year as Travieso).