Dodgers sign Bridgeport lefty Brian Moran

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Bridgeport’s Moran K’s his way to the Dodgers

By Devon Teeple
GMs Perspective

Only 29 games was all the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to realize that Bridgeport Bluefish lefty slinger, Brian Moran was their guy. The signed him to a minor league deal on July 15.

Moran has been doing this for a long time and should be no stranger to the process. Since being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the seventh round of the 2009 draft from University of North Carolina, he spent the majority of his career within the Seattle Mariners organization making it all the way up to triple-A Tacoma.

From being picked up in the Rule 5 draft on three separate occasions, spending time in the Puerto Rican Winter League and now leveraging his time in Indy ball, Moran is headed to affiliated ball and has been assigned to the Dodgers Double-A team; Tulsa Drillers.

Left-handers are always at a premium, and for a guy with a career 3.01 ERA in over 430 professional innings and a career SO/9 of 10.2, it makes you wonder how and why guys like Moran slip through the cracks and can’t just get over that proverbial hump.

On the other hand, you have to root for someone who, obviously will not give up on his dream, and is willing to do whatever it takes and go wherever he has to.

In 29 games for the Bluefish, Moran did what he usually does; put up numbers that no one could ignore. In 19 innings, he surrendered eight hits, gave up five runs while striking out 33! 

Yup 33 equating to 15.4 SO/9 and a .879 WHIP.

Only time will tell how far Moran will go, but if history is any indicator, Moran has all the tools to make it as far as he wants.

Devon Teeple is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM’s Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, He is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com.  

Devon Teeple

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com