The Chicago Cubs announced Monday that Daniel Moskos will serve as the team’s new assistant pitching coach. The 35-year-old spent the last two seasons as a pitching coach in the New York Yankees’ farm system.
He first joined the Yankees’ farm system with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs. However, Moskos couldn’t coach for them in 2020 due to the pandemic and cancellation of the minor league season. This past year, he helped the Somerset Patriots’ pitching staff lead the Double-A level in ERA and batting average against. In fact, it wasn’t all that close. The Mississippi Braves had the second-best batting average against at .224. Opposing batters hit only .212 against Somerset.
Following the 2021 season, the Cubs announced that Mike Borzello would not be returning after 10 years with the team. Borzello was the strategist, pitching, and catching assistant coach. Much of what Borzello did went under the radar, but his departure left a hole in the organization. From the sounds of it, Moskos will shoulder at least some of Borzello’s role.
Moskos is a former Clemson left-handed pitcher drafted fourth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007, one spot behind former Cubs draft pick Josh Vitters. Moskos only pitched in one season at the big league level, compiling 31 relief appearances with the Pirates in 2011. He finished with a 2.96 ERA.
While his MLB career didn’t last long, he spent several seasons in the minors, playing for the Pirates, White Sox, Dodgers, and Padres’ minor league affiliates. Moskos also played Mexican League ball in 2018. In 2016, he signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs but never played for the organization.
In his own words, Moskos went to Driveline Baseball as a trainee in 2018, and four months later, he became an intern on the pitching floor. He credits Driveline for helping establish the foundation of his coaching skillset.
This could be a big hire for the Cubs as far as helping young pitchers with their mechanics. The tweet below from Alex Kielar, who covered the Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season, shares further insight into Moskos.
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