Moseley: Reds' system not as good as Angels'
BY DOUG PADILLA, Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Dustin Moseley had no cruel intentions, but he did not paint the rosiest picture of the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Moseley, who is having a breakout season in the Angels bullpen, was asked about working his way up in the with the Reds, with whom the Angels begin a three-game series tonight. The easy-going right-hander may have meant to be complimentary to his current organization, but he ended up slighting the club that drafted him in the first round in 2000.
"When I got over (to the Angels) I was like, man, there are a lot of good pitchers as opposed to over there," Moseley said. "Even prospects we had on the top 10 Baseball America list (with the Reds), I don't even know if they would be on it (with the Angels). I don't even know if I would be on it."
Moseley had worked his way up to No. 4 on the Reds prospect list in 2004, but in December of that year he was dealt to the Angels for pitcher Ramon Ortiz. Moseley had made it as high as Triple-A with the Reds, but never spent time in the major leagues.
He spent the next two years with the Angels' Triple-A team at Salt Lake, getting his first taste of the major leagues last year in three games (two starts).
This year, Moseley has shown why the Reds thought enough of him to draft him seven years ago out of Arkansas High in Texarkana, Ark. He has a 2.10 ERA in 18 outings (two starts) this season and has filled the bullpen void left when Justin Speier went on the disabled list in early May with an intestinal virus.
His move to the Angels organization gave him the remaining tools he needed to be a successful major-league pitcher.
"When I came over here, man, it affected me," Moseley said. "If you play with better people it makes you better. I'm not saying there weren't good players there, but ... it was just the caliber of talent here, the starting pitchers here, as opposed to there. It made me better."
The Reds had Ortiz for just one mediocre season, in which the right-hander went 9-11 with a 5.36 ERA.
Partnerships forming: John Lackey will pitch Wednesday against the Reds, so expect Mike Napoli behind the plate. When Ervin Santana takes the mound again, look for Jose Molina to catch. Manager Mike Scioscia is reluctant to admit it, but he appears to have locked himself into at least twopitcher-catcher partnerships.
Lackey has a 2.26 ERA over 71<MD+,%30,%55,%70>2/<MD-,%0,%55,%70>3innings with Napoli behind the plate and a 4.20 mark in 15 innings with Molina. Santana has a 4.99 ERA in 30<MD+,%30,%55,%70>2/<MD-,%0,%55,%70>3innings with Molina and a 5.44ERA in 46<MD+,%30,%55,%70>2/<MD-,%0,%55,%70>3 innings with Napoli.
"There's a little track record you start to get at this point in the season," Scioscia said. "You have to look at their lifetime numbers, too. Sometimes a guy runs into a bad streak and it can skew some numbers short-term, but I think all the guys work well with every pitcher."