Danny Moskos was one of the most controversial first round picks the Pirates have made in their history. The left handed pitcher was selected 4th overall in the 2007 draft by the David Littlefield regime ahead of catching phenom Matt Wieters who was considered the best hitter and most major league ready player in the draft. Moskos was the second pitcher selected in the draft but was not considered by most scouts as even one of the top five pitchers available. Moskos was also a relief pitcher at Clemson making the pick even more of a head scratcher. Many believe Pirate management was told by ownership to select someone who would be cheap. Wieters did not fit that description after hiring super agent Scott Boras as his agent. The Pirates tried Moskos out as a starter then closer during in his minor league career but he failed miserably at both. Early in the 2011 season it seems as if the 25 year old has finally found his niche as a middle reliever and on Saturday Moskos made his long-awaited major league debut for the Pirates. He came in to pitch a scoreless 1-2-3 eighth inning last night in a 4-1 loss to Colorado.
Moskos career minor league statistics: 21-23, 4.44 ERA, 24 saves