Kenneth Charles Moreland
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 193 lb.
Kenny Moreland was undrafted out of college yet pitched for five seasons in the minors.
Moreland led Virginia high schoolers in strikeouts as a senior. As a college freshman, he was 6-2 with two saves and a 1.52 ERA, ranking 14th in NCAA Division III in ERA. He had a 7-4, 3.12 record as a sophomore and was All-USA South Athletic Conference. His junior year, he was 9-3 with a 2.30 ERA and was All-Conference. He starred for the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain Summer Collegiate League, with 21 saves in 21 chances.
As a senior, the right-hander was 13-0 with a 1.97 ERA and 116 K to 16 BB in 109 IP. He led NCAA Division III in wins, was USA South Pitcher of the Year and was All-American (picked alongside Tim Kiely, Wayde Kitchens and Ryan Kulik). He finished with school records for career wins (35-9), IP (359 1/3), games pitched, ERA (2.25) and strikeouts (378). He was picked second-team All-Decade by D3baseball.com and named their Division III Pitcher of the Year for 2008.
Baltimore Orioles scout Dean Albany signed him as an undrafted free agent. He split the summer between the Bluefield Orioles (6-4, 2.93, only 6 BB in 67 2/3 IP) and the Frederick Keys (0-1, 2 R in 2 IP). He was among the Appalachian League leaders in wins (tied for third with 6 others, behind Brad Tippett and Dan Osterbrock), strikeouts (65, tied for 6th with Bobby Lanigan and Kelvin Villar) and ERA (8th, between Lanigan and Osterbrock).
In 2009, Moreland was excellent for the Aberdeen Ironbirds (6-1, 0.88 ERA, 0.69 WHIP) and the Keys (4-2, 4.72 in 9 G). He tied for 8th in the New York-Penn League in wins and would have led in ERA had he qualified. Among O's farmhands, he was 5th in victories. He split 2010 between the Keys (2-3, 5.80) and the Delmarva Shorebirds (7-7, 4.20). He walked 22 in 150 1/3 IP. He tied Brandon Erbe for 6th in the Baltimore farm system in losses.
Moving to the bullpen in 2011, Moreland was 2-0 with a save and a 3.41 ERA in 36 games for Frederick and walked 13 in 60 2/3 IP for the 4th-lowest walk rate in the Carolina League. He was 2-3 with a 3.94 ERA for the 2012 Keys to end his career.
Overall, Kenny had gone 29-21 with a save and a 3.72 ERA in 109 games (55 starts). In 411 1/3 IP, he allowed only 58 walks with 393 hits and 303 strikeouts.