Peter Diana, Post-Gazette
GM Dave Littlefield welcomes first-round pick Daniel Moskos to the fold yesterday at a news conference at PNC Park.
The Pirates today signed their first-round pick in the June draft, pitcher Daniel Moskos, and will assign him to Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional career.
"I'm just thrilled to be here, to be part of the Pittsburgh Pirates," Moskos said at his introductory news conference at PNC Park. "I've had a chance to walk around, to meet some of the players, and it's been a great experience."
After some time conditioning at Bradenton, Moskos might pitch in a game or two there before management chooses a minor-league level for him.
General manager Dave Littlefield described Moskos as having "a very high ceiling," reiterating that Moskos will be used in relief.
"We project him as a back-end guy," Littlefield said, referring to relievers used in late innings. "He's got a lot of weapons from the left side, which is something that's hard to find in our industry."
Moskos, 21, made 10 starts in his junior -- and final -- season at Clemson University, finishing with a 3-6 record, 3.29 ERA, a .270 opponents' batting average and a team-high 78 strikeouts in 27 appearances.
The Pirates have signed 26 of their 50 draft picks, including their top 10. Littlefield said the team could end up signing 30-35.
Also today, manager Jim Tracy said that struggling John Van Benschoten will remain in his rotation "for now," though he clearly left that open-ended. For now, Van Benschoten is listed as the starter for the Sunday home game against the Houston Astros.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.