Jon Moscot

Jon Moscot
Moscot with the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
Born: (1991-08-15) August 15, 1991
Santa Monica, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 5, 2015, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 1–4
Earned run average 6.82
Strikeouts 16

Jonathan Solomon Moscot (born August 15, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Moscot was drafted by the Reds in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2013, his 140 strikeouts were the most of any Reds minor league pitcher. In 2014, pitching for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, he was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star. In 2015, after logging a 7–1 record with a 3.15 ERA for the AAA Louisville Bats, he was promoted to the majors. He made his major league debut on June 5, at the age of 23.

In January 2017 Moscot traveled to Israel to help promote Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Although he traveled with other team members, Moscot did not play in Round 1 as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery.[1][2]

Early life

Moscot was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Pacific Palisades, California.[3] He is Jewish, and his parents are Elliot and Kathy Moscot.[3][4] He has two younger brothers; his youngest brother Jed, a pitcher who had an 0.87 ERA his senior year in high school and plays baseball at the University of California, Davis, and his brother Josh, who graduated from UCLA in 2015.[5][6] His uncle Bob Reif was a starting quarterback for Princeton University.[7]

Moscot had a small part at age 13 in the 2006 sports comedy film The Benchwarmers.[3][7] Moscot also attained the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout.[8]

He graduated in 2009 from Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles.[3][9] In high school Moscot pitched and played third base, batting .415 (.600 in his freshman year) and pitching with a 2.10 earned run average (ERA) and 230 strikeouts, as his team won four consecutive Western League titles and had a 48–1 record against league opponents from 2007 to 2009.[3][10] He was twice named Western League MVP and All-City pitcher, and received the Palisades Post award for Most Outstanding Athlete.[3]


Moscot attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, from 2009 to 2010.[3] He pitched for the Cougars in the spring of 2010, had a 6–2 record with a 2.01 earned-run average, and was named to the all-Western State North first team.[3]

Moscot then transferred to Pepperdine University, where he majored in sports medicine and played baseball for the Pepperdine Waves under head coach and former major league infielder Steve Rodriguez.[3][9][10][11] As a sophomore in 2011, in 12 games with the Wave he had a 2–2 record, 4.27 ERA, and 48 strikeouts.[3] He was named to the Jewish Sports Review All-American team, and received West Coast Conference (WCC) Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" honors.[3][12] In the summer of 2011 he played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts, and was second in the league with 47 strikeouts.[3][10][13]

As a junior in 2012, in 15 games Moscot had a 7–5 record with a 2.90 ERA and 95 strikeouts (second-most in the league), while leading the WCC with six complete games and 115 innings pitched.[3][14] He was voted All-WCC first team, NCAA All-Stanford Regional team, WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week (April 5), West Pitcher of the Week (April 5), and Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame and Diamond Sports National All-Star Lineup (April 5).[3]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

Moscot was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[15][16] He signed with the Reds for $317,800.[17] He made his professional debut with the Billings Mustangs and also played for the Arizona League Reds that year, with an aggregate ERA of 2.63 and 27 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.[18][19]

Moscot started 2013 by skipping the low-A Dayton Dragons and pitching for the high-A Bakersfield Blaze, with whom he earned honors as California League Pitcher of the Week and was 2–14 with a 4.59 ERA, and 112 strikeouts in 115.2 innings.[19][20][21] He was promoted to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos during the season.[22] In 2013, his 140 strikeouts were the most of any Reds minor league pitcher.[9][23] Baseball America ranked him the Reds' # 23 prospect after the 2013 season.[17]

He started 2014 back with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he was 7–10 with a 3.13 ERA in 149.1 innings.[18] Moscot was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star for the team.[20] He was then promoted to the Triple-A Louisville Bats, where he was 1–1 with a 5.71 ERA.[23] Overall, he had a 3.40 ERA in 28 starts for the year, with 120 strikeouts in 167 innings.[24] Baseball America ranked him the Reds' # 20 prospect after the 2014 season.[17]

In 2015, rated Moscot the Reds' # 14 prospect.[25] With Louisville, he was 7–1 with a 3.15 ERA and 34 strikeouts in nine starts and 54.1 innings, leading all AAA pitchers in wins at the time of his June call-up.[18][25][26] Bats manager Delino DeShields said: "He looks like a big-leaguer out there."[27] Reds manager Bryan Price said: "He's been our best Triple-A starter."[25]

Cincinnati Reds (2015–present)

Moscot was promoted to the Cincinnati Reds in the major leagues on June 5, 2015, and the 23-year-old made his first major league start that day.[20][25][28] Moscot pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs, all coming in the first three innings, as he retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced.[6][20][25] In his next start, he won his first major league game on June 10.[29]

In the first inning of his third career start on June 15, Moscot dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in collision during a rundown.[30] He was put on the 15-day disabled list.[31] On June 18, Manager Bryan Price announced that Moscot needed surgery, and would likely be out for the season. He expected him to be fully recovered in time for 2016 spring training.[32][33][34] Moscot had shoulder surgery the following day repairing the fractured scapula in his left shoulder, and his rehabilitation time was anticipated to be four to six months.[35][36] In 2015 prior to his surgery, Moscot was 1–1, pitching 11 23 innings and giving up 11 hits and six runs.[33]

In 2016, he was limited to five starts, as he was first on the Reds' disabled list in April with a strained left intercostal muscle in his side that he suffered during batting practice, and then in May with inflammation in his non-throwing left shoulder.[37][36] In July he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which led to season-ending Tommy John surgery, in which two bone fragments were also removed, on July 19.[36][38] His recovery was expected to take at least 12 months.[38] He was assigned to AAA Louisville Bats for the 2018 season.


Moscot pitches right-handed with a 90 to 94 miles per hour (145 to 151 km/h) four-seam fastball, an 89 to 91 miles per hour (143 to 146 km/h) two-seam fastball, a 79 to 84 miles per hour (127 to 135 km/h) slider, a 79 to 80 miles per hour (127 to 129 km/h) circle changeup, and an 80 to 83 miles per hour (129 to 134 km/h) split-finger fastball.[8][23][39] He is known as a smart "pitcher" who is efficient and effective, rather than a "thrower".[27][39]

See also


  1. Israel taps Jewish major-leaguers for World Baseball Classic
  2. For these pro-baseball players, visiting Israel is like coming home
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  4. Ron Kaplan (May 21, 2015). "JML update". New Jersey Jewish News.
  5. Jed Moscot Bio :: UC Davis Official Athletic Site :: Baseball
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  12. "2011 Men's All-America Baseball Team (Division I)". Jewish Sports Review.
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  14. Dick Dornan (June 13, 2012). "Pepperdine baseball enjoys banner season". Malibu Times.
  15. Chhun Sun (June 5, 2012). "Three former Cuesta players — Moscot, Miller and Poma — selected in the top 10 rounds of Major League Draft". The Tribune. Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  16. Jordan Littman (June 13, 2012). "Three Waves drafted to majors". Malibu Times. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
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  18. 1 2 3 Doug Gray (June 5, 2015). "Cincinnati Reds call up RHP Jon Moscot".
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  20. 1 2 3 4 "Jon Moscot Stats, Fantasy & News". Cincinnati Reds. Archived from the original on June 6, 2015.
  21. Hal McCoy (June 5, 2015). "Iglesias on DL and Moscot takes his place". Dayton Daily News.
  22. Kelsie Heneghan (April 27, 2014). "Cincinnati Reds prospect Jon Moscot pitches eight shutout innings for Pensacola Blue Wahoos". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  23. 1 2 3 Bob Fay (February 26, 2015). "Jon Moscot makes big impression in Reds' camp".
  24. John Sickels (September 19, 2014). "Cincinnati Reds Top 20 2014 Pre-Season Prospects in Review". Yahoo Sports.
  25. 1 2 3 4 5 Robert Bondy (June 6, 2015). "Moscot debuts for Reds; Iglesias to DL". Major League Baseball.
  26. "Cincinnati Reds call up Louisville Bats RHP Jon Moscot for Friday start against San Diego Padres". The Courier-Journal. June 5, 2015.
  27. 1 2 C. Trent Rosecrans, (May 22, 2015). "Reds minor-leaguer Jon Moscot makes an impression".
  28. "Reds send Jason Marquis packing, call up rookie pitcher Jon Moscot to make major league debut". WCPO. June 5, 2015.
  29. Michael Hurcomb (June 10, 2015). "Reds SP Jon Moscot walks away with first career win Wednesday". CBS Sports.
  30. Alejandro Zuniga (June 16, 2015). "Moscot dislocates left shoulder, out 'a while; Reds righty injured while diving to retire Tigers' Gose". Major League Baseball.
  31. "Reds put RHP Jon Moscot on DL, send OF Brennan Boesch to Triple-A", ESPN
  32. Rosecrans, C. Trent (June 18, 2015). "Reds' Jon Moscot to have shoulder surgery". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  33. 1 2 "Cincinnati Reds starter Jon Moscot will have shoulder surgery". ESPN.
  34. "Moscot's shoulder shows 'significant damage'". Cincinnati Reds.
  35. John Fay (June 19, 2015). "Marlon Byrd back 16 days after fracture to wrist".
  36. 1 2 3 Jon Moscot Stats, Fantasy & News |
  37. Jon Moscot scratched with intercostal strain |
  38. 1 2 Cincinnati Reds' Jon Moscot has Tommy John surgery
  39. 1 2 Larry McAllister (June 5, 2015). "Reds: Moscot gets the call tonight". ESPN 1530.

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