A rolling stone gathers no moss...well, this one does.
Brandon Moss was once a fairly high regarded outfield prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. He made his MLB debut in 2007 and hit well in parts of two seasons with the BoSox (.291/.804), but was shipped to Pittsburgh in the Jason Bay trade. The Pirates believed they were getting a building block for the future, but Moss stumbled and was eventually let go after the 2010 season. He then hooked on with the Phillies and went hitless in 6 at bats last year, and played the majority of the season in the minors. This past offseason he signed on with the Oakland Athletics and was recently called-up. The rest is history...
In 13 games, Moss has belted 7 homeruns, scored 11 runs, and has 12 RBI with an OPS of 1.191 (10 of his 12 hits are of the extra base variety). With the A's constant search for offense, you have to think Moss will get every opportunity to see how long he can continue on this roll. He no longer roams the outfield, instead he's manning first base in Oakland.
Scott Van Slyke, Dee Gordon, Jerry Hairston Jr., Tony Gwynn Jr, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. have all played for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. What do they have in common aside from donning Dodger blue? They are all the son's of former MLB players.
Scott's dad Andy was an all-star center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dee's dad Tom was a closer for many years with the Red Sox and Phillies, and even had a Stephen King novel penned in his honor.
Jerry's dad roamed many seasons in the White Sox outfield. His brother Scott currently plays for the Mets, and his grandfather Sam and Uncle John also played in the majors. Quite the family.
Tony's dad was a wizard with the bat and now resides in Cooperstown (aka- the Hall of Fame).
Ivan's dad played 15 years in the big leagues, with his most memorable seasons coming with the Dodgers.
Scott Downs and Aroldis Chapman each surrendered earned runs this past week, leaving the winner of the last reliever standing as Rule 5 pick Lucas Luetge. He probably has no clue he won this "award", but congratulations to the Seattle Mariners lefty anyway. For those of you not in the know, Luetge is the only relief pitcher to have a pristine 0.00 ERA after starting the season on the Opening Day roster. Side note- he was part of a no-hit effort this past week against the Dodgers. The kid is enjoying life for sure.
Two months of the 2012 MLB season have come and gone and games in June are in full swing. There remain three relief pitchers that were on the Opening Day roster of their team that still have a zero earned run average. Yes, a 0.00 ERA! A Cuban fireballer, a crafty lefty, and a Rule 5 pick.