Jon Moscot

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Jonathan Solomon Moscot

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Jon Moscot was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 4th round of the 2012 amateur draft, out of Pepperdine University. The scout was Rex De La Nuez.

In his first professional season, in 2012, typical of a pitcher coming off a long college season, he was kept on a strict pitch count and as a result logged only 27 1/3 innings in 12 games, including 11 starts. His record was 0-2, 2.63 as he toiled for the Billings Mustangs and AZL Reds. He followed that with a tough year in 2013, when his record was 4-15, 4.30 in 28 starts. He began the season with the Bakersfield Blaze in the California League, then moved on to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Southern League. Only 2-12 at Bakersfield, he was 2-1, 3.19 in 6 games at the AA level. He pitched a total of 146 2/3 innings, striking out 140. In 2014, he began the season in Pensacola then was promoted to the AAA Louisville Bats in mid-August, going 8-11, 3.40 between the two stops.

Moscot began the 2015 season back in Louisville and was 7-1, 3.15 after 9 starts when he got the call to the major leagues to replace an injured Raisel Iglesias. Making his debut as the starting pitcher against the San Diego Padres on June 5th, he struck out the first batter he faced, Max Venable, then got into trouble as he gave up a first run on a bases-loaded walk to Yonder Alonso and a second on a sacrifice fly by Will Middlebrooks. He then gave up solo homers to Venable in the 2nd and to Middlebrooks in the 3rd, and left after 5 innings trailing 4-0. He was charged with his team's 6-2 loss. He recorded his first career win in his next start when he defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2, on June 10thg, but then suffered a freak injury in his next outing. Starting against the Detroit Tigers on June 15th, in the 1st inning he gave up a lead-off single to Anthony Gose, who stole second base, then, after one out, Miguel Cabrera hit a comebacker to him. He managed to freeze Gose between second and third base and tagged him out himself, but in doing so fell and dislocated his left shoulder, putting him out of a action for the remainder of the year. He was 1-1, 4.63 in his three starts.

Jon made the Reds' starting rotation out of spring training in 2016, but after going 0-2 over his first three starts, he landed on the disabled list again, this time with inflammation in his non-pitching shoulder. His return to action on May 31st was one to forget, as he gave up a lead-off homer to Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies to start things off, and then surrendered three more gopher balls on his way to giving up seven runs in only two innings. Then, as if things were not going bad enough, he came up to bat in the top of the 3rd, attempting to lay down a bunt, but was grazed in the side of the head by one of Jon Gray's pitches, and then hit himself with his bat in trying to get out of the way. He took his base but left the game afterwards and was charged with his team's 17-4 loss in which they tied a team record by giving up seven homers. His season ended early as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery in July, putting him out of action for a year. His last major league appearance was on June 5th, and he went 0-3, 8.02 in 5 starts with the Reds.

Prior to the surgery, Moscot had committed to play for the Israeli national team should they qualify for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which they did in the qualifiers held in September, 2016. He was unable to play for the team because of the surgery, but he still joined a group of ten Jewish-American ballplayers who visited Israel in the off-season to drum up support for the country's first participation in the prestigious tournament.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Sheldon: "Moscot follows epic trip with journey to recovery: Reds righty travels to Jerusalem with Team Israel before setting sights on return from TJ surgery",, January 12, 2017. [1]

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