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Pirates pick Clemson left-handed pitcher Moskos |

Pirates pick Clemson left-handed pitcher Moskos

| Thursday, June 7, 2007 12:00 a.m

The Pirates took Clemson left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos today with the fourth selection of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Moskos was rated the fifth-best pitcher and No. 8 prospect in the draft by Baseball America. Moskos, 21, is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 26 games this season. He was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at Clemson, which plays Mississippi State at 12 p.m. Friday in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Moskos spent much of his college career working out of the bullpen, and his fastball has been clocked as high as 97 mph. Moskos was one of 22 players chosen for the USA National Team lsat summer, and posted an 0.86 ERA with six saves in 18 appearances.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays used the first overall choice on Vanderbilt left-hander David Price. Kansas City picked Chatsworth (Calif.) shortstop Mike Moustakas second and the Chicago Cubs took Cypress (Calif.) third baseman Josh Vitters third. Moskos marks the second time the Pirates used their top pick on a Clemson pitcher. They chose Kris Benson first overall in 1996.

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