Left-hander Moskos suspended 50 games

Former first-rounder tested positive for drug of abuse for second time

Daniel Moskos made 31 relief appearances for the Pirates in 2011, going 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA. (Carl Kline/MiLB.com)

By MiLB.com Staff | June 12, 2015 5:22 PM

Free agent left-hander Daniel Moskos, the fourth overall pick in the 2007 Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, was suspended Friday after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said Moskos received a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Moskos, who is currently a Minor League free agent after being released by the Dodgers in 2014, will be effective upon his signing with another Major League organization.

Drafted out of Clemson, Moskos signed for a $2,475,000 bonus and spent five years in the Pittsburgh organization. He was ranked as high as fifth in the system by Baseball America --  that coming after his first season, which he split between the GCL Pirates and the State College Spikes. He ascended steadily up the Pirates' ladder over his first four seasons, reaching Double-A Altoona in 2009, Triple-A Indianapolis in 2010 and the Majors in 2011.

He made 31 relief appearances for the Pirates that season, his only year in the big leagues, going 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA over 24 1/3 innings.

Moskos opened the 2012 campaign back in Triple-A, where he went 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA for Indy before being released and picked up by the White Sox.

He spent the rest of 2012 and the entire 2013 campaign with Chicago's Triple-A Charlotte affilate before inking a Minor League deal that offseason with the Dodgers. He went 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA in nine games for Triple-A Alburquerque before his release on May 4, 2014. 

Moskos is the 53rd player suspended this year for violating the Minor League drug program.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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