Tigers in EST: Nolan Moody

Nolan Moody joined the Tigers organization in 2009 after signing a contract as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State University.  Moody had a solid senior season with the Spartans, highlighted by a no-hitter, which he threw against Northwestern on April 4.

Photo courtesy of Roger DeWitt

Shortly after Moody’s no-hitter, his coach Jake Boss was quoted by Baseball America writer Aaron Fitt as saying, “His stuff is good — he doesn’t throw 95 mph, but he pitches and locates and he flat-out competes.  He threw three pitches for strikes, got ahead in the count and located his fastball, breaking ball and changeup.”

After signing with the Tigers, Moody was assigned to the Gulf Coast League, where pitched 16.1 innings as a reliever, posting a 2.76 ERA and an impressive 18 to 5 strikout to walk ratio.  His performance earned him a late season promotion to the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Moody will probably not be able to maintain his such a high strikeout rate (9.92 SO/9) over the course of a full season considering he only struck out 5.5 batters per nine innings as a senior at Michigan State.  However, Moody was a starter in college, so the increased strikeout rate could indicate his stuff perks up a bit coming out of the bullpen.

Moody is currently in extended spring training and will likely be a member of the Connecticut Tigers bullpen when the New York-Penn League season begins.

Name: Nolan Moody

DOB: Sept. 24, 1985

Bats-Throws: Left-Right

School: Michigan State University

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  1. […] a 4.82 ERA, 18 strikeouts and six walks.  I wrote a profile on Moody in May, which is available at this link. Explore posts in the same categories: […]


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