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Peter Moylan

Peter Moylan - RHP
Hometown:
Attadale, WA
Debut: 12 April 2006
Final Game: 18 September 2013
Teams played for: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers

It took Peter Moylan two trips through the Minors to find his footing as a Major Leaguer, but once he did, he dominated.

Moylan grew up near Perth, and signed with the Minnesota Twins as an 18-year-old amateur free agent in 1996. After two seasons in Rookie ball, the Twins released him in 1998, and he returned to Australia, working an ordinary job and continuing to pitch on the side with the hope of a comeback always on his mind.

With a deceptive sidearm throwing motion and a fastball that clocks in in the mid-90s, he earned a place on the Australian National Team for the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Though the Aussies went 0-3 in the tournament, Moylan dazzled on the mound, striking out a host of Major League veterans and attracting the attention of the Atlanta Braves, who signed him to a contract and invited him to Spring Training that year.

Moylan began the season at Triple-A Richmond, but didn't have to wait long to make his MLB debut. The Braves called him up on 11 April and he debuted on 12 April, pitching the eighth inning of Atlanta's 7-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander stayed in the Majors until the middle of May, when the Braves sent him down again. Moylan moved back and forth between Triple-A and the Majors for the rest of the season, and in 15 games with the Braves in 2006 had a 4.80 ERA and struck out 14 batters in 15 innings pitched.

The 2007 season started in a similar fashion with Moylan beginning in Richmond. He was recalled in mid-April after an injury left the bullpen in need of an extra arm. Moylan spent the rest of the 2007 season with the Braves and dominated in relief, posting a 5-3 record and 1.80 ERA. He missed most of the 2008 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but mounted another comeback in 2009.

That year, Moylan quickly established himself as the Braves' go-to seventh inning reliever and set a new MLB record for most consecutive appearances to start as season without surrendering a home run.

The injury bug bit Moylan again in 2011, when he underwent back surgery early in the season and was diagnosed with both a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He pitched in just 21 games in 2011-12 but still pitched well. Nevertheless, the Braves did not re-sign him at the end of the season, and he signed a Minor League deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He began the season in Triple-A, but was recalled in June and finished the year with 14 games in MLB and 38 games in Triple-A.

Moylan last pitched in the majors in 2013, with the Dodgers. He finished his eight-year career with a 21-9 record and 2.80 ERA in 309 games and 276 innings pitched.

View Peter Moylan's career statistics from Baseball Reference