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Danny Moskos' Mysterious Slider

The Post-Gazette's new article has more references to Danny Moskos' supposedly brilliant slider, which seems to be as elusive as Sasquatch. Has anyone here seen Moskos pitch this year? I ask because in the times I've seen him pitch, including in the Arizona Fall League just a few months ago, he hasn't thrown a slider, let alone a good slider. He's had a mediocre fastball, a mediocre curve (that I suppose some might call a slider because it doesn't break much), and a decent changeup with some late movement. Maybe his stuff has changed now that he's in the bullpen full-time? Somebody help me out here. The continued references to Moskos' awesome slider are baffling to me, because when Moskos was drafted, the P-G quoted a talent evaluator saying Moskos had a wipeout slider. I then saw him pitch the day after the draft and... he wasn't throwing a slider so much as he was throwing a mediocre slurvy breaking pitch that was six to ten MPH slower than his slider was reported to be and that broke in about the way a curveball usually does. Anyone who saw that pitch as a "wipeout slider" needed to have their eyes checked. What gives? Does Moskos throw this mysterious slider on some days and not others? Anyway, the P-G's article today also says that Moskos has a 90-95 MPH fastball and an 84-87 MPH slider, which makes me think that either Moskos has improved a lot in six months, or that this description of his stuff exists mostly in the realm of fantasy. I'm not sure I've seen any recent reports that suggest that Moskos can get anywhere near 95, and his breaking ball doesn't approach the mid-80s, either. UPDATE: Some folks at OnlyBucs are wondering the same thing about Moskos' velocity. UPDATE II: In the comments, Azibuck points out that the issue of whether he throws a slider could have more to do with the way he's gripping the ball than with the way the pitch looks coming to the plate. Which would basically mean that Moskos throws a bad slider that looks like a curveball but that is, nonetheless, a slider.

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