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Introducing: Travis Moths

With the 219th pick of the draft, the Diamondbacks selected another college senior pitcher, Travis Moths.

Moths has emerged as one of Tennessee Tech’s most dependable pitchers this year. He started in 16 of his 19 appearances and has 13 wins, the second most on all of Division I. He had three appearances in the NCAA regional in Oxford, Miss.

What Baseball America has to say:

After spending most of his career pitching out of Tennessee Tech’s bullpen, Moths this season moved to the front of the rotation. The senior was named Ohio Valley Conference pitcher of the year and helped lead the Golden Eagles to super regionals for the first time in program history. Moths, listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, throws his fastball in the low 90s. His changeup is his go-to offspeed offering and he also mixes in a curveball. He pitches with average control.

It will be interesting to see how the Diamondbacks choose to develop Moths. Moths thrived in the rotation Tennessee Tech after being moved there from the bullpen. Out of the bullpen, Moths throws 92-94, with reach-back of 95. Out of the rotation, Moths stays 90-92. In both cases, he shows good, late arm-side run. He has three pitches, a fastball, a changeup, and a slider, the the slider sometimes gets slurvy.

His fastball and change are already at least average offerings, with the change possibly ticking as a plus pitch. If the team decides to develop him as a reliever, he could make his way to the majors as early as late 2019.

Arizona’s seventh round slot bonus was set at $191,000. As a senior selection, the Diamondbacks will save most of that to spread out among the overslot players they drafted. Moths remains one of only four of the team’s first 21 picks to not sign, but there is no concern that the team will fail to bring him into the fold.