BRADENTON, Fla. — The two games in which Daniel Moskos has pitched so far this spring were an audition of sorts. They were a way the Pirates’ new management team and coaching staff to get an up-close look at the first-round draft pick they inherited.
Moskos tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the unofficial spring opener against Manatee Community College. A week ago, he gave up two runs on one hit and a walk against Cincinnati.
Although this is Moskos’ first time in the big league camp, he insisted he wasn’t nervous.
“One thing they’ve taught me how to do is stay within percentages,” Moskos said. “All offseason, I’ve been throwing long-toss at 60 percent, flat ground at 70 percent, bullpen at 80 percent. They’ve educated on keeping it within myself.
“There was some adrenaline rush because these are basically my first big outings. But at the same time, it’s nothing I hadn’t done before.”
Pitching coach Jeff Andrews knows better.
“He should be nervous. They’re all nervous,” Andrews said. “But did the nervousness affect his performance? No. When the nervousness doesn’t affect how they throw, you say, ‘OK, he’s a good one.’
“Daniel is going to look back, hopefully after a really long career, and say, ‘Gosh, remember how goofy I was? How excited I was? How happy I was to be here?’ That’s what baseball memories are made of.”
Then again, in another day or two, Moskos also will be a memory around Pirates camp — he’ll likely be among the first group of players sent down to minor league camp. The cuts are expected to be announced tomorrow or Monday.