Los Angeles Angels 2014 Spring Training Profile: Brian Moran
The 25-year-old left-hander was acquired by the Angels last December in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rule 5 draft after the team received his rights from the Mariners. Moran has been a consistent pitcher in the minors as he has a career 18-17 record with a 3.06 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 288.0 innings pitched over the last five seasons.
In that span, Moran has continued to rise through the minor-league system as he pitched at the Triple-A level for the last two seasons for the Tacoma Rainers. During that span he had a 5-8 record with a 3.67 ERA, 138 strikeouts, six saves, a 1.20 WHIP in 99.2 innings pitched.
So heading into this year’s spring training as a member of the Angels’ 40-man active roster, Moran will be looking to get over the hill and make his first appearance in a major league game. With a solid month of baseball in March, Moran could find his niche on Los Angeles’ pitching staff that had its fair share of struggles last season.
Through his five years in the minors, the lefty has shown that he is an excellent strikeout pitcher with a ratio of 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He’s also proven to be a durable arm as he has thrown for 60 innings in each year.
These qualities along with an impressive spring training could help Moran make a case for a opening day roster. What it will come down to is that the 25-year-old has the tools to be a viable reliever in the majors. It’s just a matter of him putting it together against major league hitters this upcoming spring training.