On February 19th, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley. Nuno never threw a pitch in a Dodger uniform, having been acquired from the Seattle Mariners in November for catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Let’s take a look at Moseley, the newest member of the Dodgers farm system.
Ryan Moseley, RHP: Moseley was drafted by the Orioles in the eighth round in 2016 from Texas Tech University. The native of Lubbock, Texas, had an erratic spring for the Red Raiders, posting a 4.98 ERA in 56 innings, undone with command problems that resulted in a poor 32/37 K/BB ratio. He was more effective in pro ball, posting a 3.20 ERA in 20 innings for the Aberdeen Ironbirds in the New York-Penn League with a 18/9 K/BB, while saving four games in five attempts.
Moseley is a 6-3, 190 pounder, age 22. He works with a low-90s sinker (resulting in a 1.92 GO/AO in his debut) along with a slider and change-up. His secondary pitches looked better in the NY-P than they did in college, helping to result in a higher strikeout rate, but even with Aberdeen his walk rate was higher than ideal. He is best-suited for relief at higher levels, with development of his command determining his ultimate fate.