Dennis Moeller

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Dennis Michael Moeller

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dennis Moeller began his professional career in 1986 with the Eugene Emeralds. Used almost entirely as a starter (14 appearances, 11 starts), he went 4-0 with a 3.06 ERA, striking out 65 batters in 61 2/3 innings of work.

The following year, 1987, Moeller pitched for the Appleton Foxes, going 2-5 with a 7.20 ERA in 18 games (13 starts). Again with Appleton in 1988, he went 3-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) with them that season.

In 1989, Moeller split time between the Baseball City Royals and Memphis Chicks. For Baseball City he went 9-0 with a 1.77 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). For the Chicks he went 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in five starts. Combined, Moeller went 10-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts). In 96 1/3 innings of work, he allowed only 75 hits.

Despite pitching well in 1989, Moeller slumped in 1990 while pitching for the Chicks and Omaha Royals. For the Chicks he went 7-6 with a 6.25 ERA, and with the Royals he went 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA. Although his combined ERA was 5.16, he posted a record of 12-8.

He spent all of 1991 with the Chicks and Omaha Royals, making a combined total of 25 starts, and going 11-8 with a 2.95 ERA between them.

Pitching for the Omaha Royals in 1992, Moeller went 8-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 120 2/3 innings of work. His solid performance earned him a promotion to the big league club, and on July 28th he made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. Moeller started the game, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs (although one of them was unearned. Two of the hits he gave up were back-to-back home runs by Kelly Gruber and Candy Maldonado to start off the top of the 2nd inning. The Blue Jays won the game 6-4.

Moeller made a total of five appearances in the majors in 1992, starting four of the games and going 0-3 with a 7.00 ERA. In 18 innings of work, he allowed 24 hits, 14 earned runs, 11 walks and he struck out only 6 batters. On November 19th, he was traded to the Pirates with Joel Johnston for Jose Lind.

He made 10 appearances in the big leagues in 1993, going 1-0 with a 9.92 ERA. Despite having a perfect record, he spent the majority of his time in the minors, where he made 24 appearances for the Buffalo Bisons (11 starts). With them, he went 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA. He was granted free agency on October 15th and was signed by the Royals on November 28th.

Despite being re-signed by the Royals, he never again appeared in the major leagues - he played his final game on May 21, 1993. However, he played in the minor leagues in 1994, going 7-6 with a 3.84 ERA in 50 appearances (only one start).

Overall, Moeller made 15 appearances (4 starts) in the majors, going 1-3 with a 8.39 ERA. In the minors, he went 60-42 in 215 games (135 starts).

He later became a Los Angeles Dodgers scout, signing Onelki Garcia, Brent Leach and Josh Wall.

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