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Damian Moss

Damian Moss - LHP
Hometown: Darlinghurst, NSW
Debut: 26 April 2001
Final Game: 29 April 2004
Teams played for: Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Long Island Ducks / York Revolution (Atlantic League)

Pitchers dominated the ranks of Australia's MLB exports in the early 2000s, and Sydneysider Damian Moss was no exception.

Like many other international amateur free agents, Moss signed his first professional contract when he was 16 years old, with the Atlanta Braves in 1993. He made his first professional appearance at age 17, going 2-5 with a 3.58 ERA for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League.

Moss rose through the Braves' Minor League ranks fairly quickly, reaching Double-A before his 20th birthday. He debuted for the Braves on 26 April 2001 and had his best season for them the next year, going 12-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 29 starts in 2002.

The Braves traded Moss to the San Francisco Giants during the offseason following the 2002 campaign, and he pitched well for the Giants in the first half of 2003, going 9-7 with a 4.70 ERA. Nevertheless, the Giants traded the lefty to the Baltimore Orioles at the 2003 trading deadline, marking the beginning of the end of Moss's career. Command and consistency issues led to a 1-5 record and 6.22 ERA in nine starts for Moss in the second half of 2003.

Moss signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for 2004 but was released mid-season after posting a 16.88 ERA in five games. The southpaw kept attempting a return to the top, signing several different free agent deals and playing a few stints in independent leagues.

Moss played for Team Australia in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics. He retired from playing after the 2010 season, which he spent with the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs and the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.

View Damian Moss' career statistics from Baseball Reference