In the wake of Thomas Pannone’s 80 game suspension for the use of a performance-enhancing substance, the Blue Jays made a minor corresponding move, claiming left-handed pitcher Sam Moll off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
According to a team announcement, the Toronto Blue Jays have claimed 26-year-old left-handed pitcher Sam Moll off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. The move came just a day after the suspension of pitching prospect Thomas Pannone, who had previously been added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2017.
Moll, a native of Lakeland, Tennesse, has limited major-league experience. Since being drafted in 2013, he’s appeared in just 6.2 major league innings, those coming during the 2017 season with the Oakland Athletics. In Oakland, he pitched to a 10.80 ERA in 11 games. He also spent nearly four seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization, logging innings with their top three affiliates.
Over his career, Moll has pitched 215.0 total minor league innings with an ERA of 3.35 and a 1.247 WHIP. His best season came in 2015 when he split time with the Rockies’ AA affiliate, the New Britain Rock Cats, and their Class-A affiliate, the hilariously named Modesto Nuts. During that season, he pitched to a 2.63 ERA over 68.1 innings with a 0.922 WHIP.
Despite being drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft, his career never panned out. Interestingly enough, Moll was drafted above 2017 NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger, Ryon Healy, and Trey Mancini.
Moll is likely to eat up some innings in the upper minors, with his claim simply being a corresponding move to Pannone’s untimely suspension. So far this spring, he has appeared in four games for the M’s, allowing one hit and earning a save in four total innings pitched.
After leaving Oakland, he was picked up by the Pirates, who would DFA him three days later. The Mariners then claimed him and added him to their 40-man roster, allowing him an opportunity to fight for a roster spot.
According to Major League Baseball’s official pronunciation guide, the correct pronunciation of his last name is “mull”.