Moskos taken in first round

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Clemson, SC-Clemson junior left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos was taken in the first round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The native of Alta Loma, CA was the number-four selection of the entire draft, the highest selection by a Clemson baseball player since Kris Benson was taken first and Billy Koch was taken fourth, in the 1996 draft.

Moskos is Clemson's number-one starter and will be on the mound for the Tigers Friday when Clemson faces Mississippi State in Starkville, MS in the opening game of the Super Regional. It will be his 10th start of the season. Earlier in the year, Moskos was a closer, but he has been a starter the second half of the year.

Moskos has a 3-5 record and a 2.91 ERA in 26 appearances this year. He has struck out 74 batters in 74 1/3 innings. He has walked 33 and allowed 71 hits. In addition to his three wins, he has six saves. As a sophomore in 2006, he helped Clemson to the College World Series with a 5-5 record and a 2.52 ERA. He led the team in saves with 10.

For his three-year career, Moskos has a 10-12 record with a 3.05 ERA. He has 143 strikeouts in 144 2/3 innings. Entering the NCAA Super Regional, Moskos has 16 saves, fourth best in Clemson history. His 80 career appearances are fifth most in school history.

Moskos had an outstanding summer of 2006 when he had a 0.86 ERA and six saves in 18 appearances for the United States National team. He helped that team to the Gold Medal of the World Championships in Cuba with 35 strikeouts in just 21 innings.

Moskos is the 13th first-round draft choice in Clemson history, the ninth under current head coach Jack Leggett. Tyler Colvin was the 13th selection of the entire draft by the Chicago Cubs last year. This is the first time Clemson has had a first-round selection in consecutive years since the 1995-97 era when Clemson had a first-round selection three consecutive years.

There is a Clemson connection with the Pirates organization. General Manager David Littlefield was an assistant coach at Clemson under Bill Wilhelm from 1986-88.

With Moskos' selection today, it means Clemson has had the number-four selection in the NFL draft and the Major League Draft just six weeks apart. In April, Gaines Adams was the number-four selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Clemson's First Round Baseball  Draft Selections

    Year    Player          Pos    Team
    1968    John Curtis     LHP    Boston Red Sox
    1975    Denny Walling    OF    Oakland Athletics
    1979    Mike Sullivan   RHP    Cincinnati Reds
    1987    Bill Spiers      SS    Milwaukee Brewers
    1995    David Miller     1B    Cleveland Indians
    1996    Kris Benson     RHP    Pittsburgh Pirates
            Billy Koch      RHP    Toronto Bluejays
    1997    Matthew Lecroy    C    Minnesota Twins
    1999    Mike Paradis    RHP    Baltimore Orioles
    2002    Khalil Greene    SS    San Diego Padres
    2004    Tyler Lumsden   LHP    Chicago White Sox
    2006    Tyler Colvin     OF    Chicago Cubs
    2007    Daniel Moskos   LHP    Pittsburgh Pirates

Highest Draft Selections

    Year    Player         Choice    Team
    1996    Kris Benson       1      Pittsburgh Pirates
    2007    Daniel Moskos     4      Pittsburgh Pirates
    1996    Billy Koch        4      Toronto Bluejays
    1987    Bill Spiers      13      Milwaukee Brewers
    1999    Mike Paradis     13      Baltimore Orioles
    2002    Khalil Greene    13      San Diego Padres
    2006    Tyler Colvin     13      Chicago Cubs
    1979    Mike Sullivan    22      Cincinnati Reds
    1995    David Miller     23      Cleveland Indians

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