I don't know that this was great value, but I'm honestly a little excited that we're getting this guy. I think he's better than people realize, and I think, although he's obviously a different style of pitcher, he has a bit of Masterson in him, in that, one way or another, I think he can help your pitching staff. His stuff is solid, despite what a few reports have suggested, and I'm really not sure why so many are hung up on his age. He didn't even pitch in America until he was 21, and from 2007 to 2008 he's moved from GCL to AA and pitched quite well at each stop, primarily as a starter.
Anyway, remember Kevin Goldstein's post a few months ago about his simple formula to judge dominance in pitching prospects - and more specifically, the ability to miss bats?
Just to review, here were his top five pitchers at missing bats last season:
1. Madison Bumgarner: +32 at Low-A (141.2-111-21-164); MBR: 0.23
2. Tommy Hanson: +23 at High-A (40-15-11-49); +3 at Double-A (98-70-41-114); MBR: 0.19,
3. Neftali Feliz: +23 at Low-A (82-55-28-106); -10 at Double-A (45.1-34-23-47); MBR: 0.10
4. Wilkins De La Rosa: +11 at Low-A (90.1-60-39-110); -2 at High-A (16.1-12-5-15); MBR: 0.08
5. Trevor Cahill: +21 at High-A (87.1-52-31-103); -10 at Double-A (37-24-19-33); MBR: 0.08
To summarize, the five best pitchers had MBR ratios ranging from from 0.23 to 0.08. Well, Moscoso only pitched 87 innings, so he was just shy of the 100 inning minimum that Goldstein set. But check him out:
Guillermo Moscoso (cumulative): +41, 0.47
He blew them away. He was basically the best pitcher in the minors last year at missing bats.