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Who are Scott Moss and Victor Nova?

Moss and Nova were the lesser known commodities heading to Cleveland in the Bauer trade

This is the baseball
This is the baseball
J. Meric

In case you’ve been living under a rock the past hour, the Indians traded Trevor Bauer tonight and got five players back in a three-team deal with the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres.

Yasiel Puig is a rental, and both Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen have already made their MLB debuts (and then some), but who were the other two pieces the Indians acquired?

Let’s start with Scott Moss.

Moss is a left-handed starting pitcher from the Reds system. The former Florida Gator was a fourth-round draft pick by the Reds in 2016 and had Tommy John surgery while in college. He has methodically moved through the Reds’ system, never sporting an ERA higher than 3.68 during a single season.

The 24-year-old is striking out a career high 10.9 batters per nine innings this season in his first taste of Double-A, but he’s also walking a career worst 5.0 batters per nine innings. Control doesn’t seem to have been a major issue for him in the past, having never walked more than 3.3 per nine innings in his previous three seasons. Moss is currently ranked the #12 prospect in the Reds system.

Here’s what MLB Pipeline has to say about him.

[Moss] won’t be a pitcher that wows people with his stuff - all three of his pitches are viewed as average. But he has a 91-92 mph fastball that gets on hitters quickly because of excellent extension, and with his deception, he can keep hitters from getting good looks at his slider or changeup. Moss’ ceiling is somewhat limited, but he’s shown that he knows what he’s doing on the mound and can miss enough bats to eventually be a fifth starter or swingman in the big leagues.

Moss would likely become the No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect in the Tribe system behind Sam Hentges and newly-acquired Logan Allen.

The final prospect in the deal was Victor Nova from the Padres’ system.

Nova is a 19-year-old left-handed hitter out of the Dominican Republic who primarily plays third base but also plays outfield and has spent time at designated hitter. At the time of the trade, he was playing for the AZL Padres in his second professional season, having played in the DSL in 2018.

Nova currently sports a .330/.421/.451 slashline in the AZL, but is actually in the midst of a slump. He was batting .488 as recently as July 4th. Nova is not listed as a top 30 prospect in the Padres system according to MLB Pipeline.

Something of interest is Nova’s impressive eye at the plate. He walked more than he struck out in his 2018 season in the DSL and he currently has 15 walks compared to 22 strikeouts this season for the AZL Padres. He currently sports a 136 wRC+ in the AZL, definitely worth keeping an eye on moving forward, but he’s more of a lottery ticket than anything.