Chad Moeller

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Chad Moeller
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Catcher
Born: (1975-02-18) February 18, 1975 (age 39)
Upland, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 2000 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 2010 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average .226
Home runs 29
Runs batted in 132
Teams

Chad Edward Moeller [MOE-ler] (born February 18, 1975 ) is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He is the cousin of former MLB first baseman Chris Cron.

College career[edit]

Moeller attended the University of Southern California (USC). In 1996, he was an All-Pac-10 selection and from 1994-1996 was teammates with former Astros infielder, Aaron Boone. He was drafted in the 7th round (187th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Previously, Moeller played with the Minnesota Twins (2000), Arizona Diamondbacks (2001–2003), Milwaukee Brewers (2004–2006), Cincinnati Reds (2007), and Los Angeles Dodgers (2007).

In four seasons with Minnesota and Arizona, Moeller batted .254 with 11 home runs, 56 RBI, 31 doubles, 4 triples, and two stolen bases in 188 games. He also got his first World Series ring when the Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

When he was with the Brewers, Moeller was used increasingly only for calling games with staff ace Ben Sheets. He did however hit for the cycle on April 27, 2004. He was the first Brewer to hit for the cycle at home, and the first since Paul Molitor did it on May 15, 1991 at Minnesota. Chad also hit the cycle 5 more times that year but still remains one of the worst ever catchers in baseball history[2]

2006–07 seasons[edit]

In January 2006, Moeller was named to the USA's provisional roster for the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Just prior to the 2006 All-Star break, Moeller was designated for assignment by the Brewers, primarily due to his low batting average (.184).[3] After clearing waivers he joined the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Moeller began the 2007 season with the Cincinnati Reds. After splitting time between Cincinnati and the Triple-A Louisville Bats, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations on August 11, 2007.

2008 season[edit]

On November 27, 2007, Moeller signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to spring training with the Washington Nationals. He was released by the Nationals on March 10, 2008, and signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees the same day. The Yankees purchased his contract on April 14 following injuries to Jorge Posada and José Molina. On April 25, 2008, he was designated for assignment because it had been thought that Posada would be able to play through his injury. Posada, however, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 28, and the Yankees added Moeller back to the active roster upon clearing assignment waivers on April 30. He remained on the active roster following Posada's return from the disabled list, but was again designated for assignment on July 31 following the acquisition of Iván Rodríguez. He cleared waivers and returned to Triple-A Scranton. While with the Yankees, Moeller played third and first base twice each, the first time in his career he played a position other than catcher. Moeller rejoined the Yankees on September 1, when the rosters expanded from 25 to 40. Moeller became a free agent after the season.

2009 season[edit]

Moeller with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009.

Moeller signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on December 12, 2008, and made its Opening Day roster as a backup catcher. After batting .200 with a .259 on-base percentage in fifteen games, he was designated for assignment on May 29 when the Orioles promoted top catching prospect Matt Wieters from the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.[4] Moeller cleared waivers five days later and was assigned to the Tides.[5] Moeller was recalled to Baltimore on August 7 when the Orioles traded catcher Gregg Zaun to the Tampa Bay Rays.[6]

2010 season[edit]

Moeller was signed to a minor league contract which included an invitation to spring training with the Baltimore Orioles on December 4, 2009.[7] He was granted his release on April 1 after not making the team.[8] On April 3, Moeller signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. On May 20 he was called up to the Major League roster to back up Francisco Cervelli after another injury to Posada.[9] He played his first game of the season on May 29, starting against the Cleveland Indians.[10] On June 21, Moeller was designated for assignment to clear room on the roster for outfielder Colin Curtis,[11] returning to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees on June 26.[12] He was called up again on September 1.[13]

Chad Moeller now teaches, coaches, instructs, has camps, and does video analysis of Catching Instruction and Hitting Instruction for youth baseball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "7th Round of the June 1996 Draft –". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Moeller becomes fifth Brewer to hit for cycle". ESPN.com. April 28, 2004. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  3. ^ Adam McCalvy (March 14, 2006). "Brewers juggle roster before break". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Orioles select contract of CA Matt Wieters" (Press release). MLB.com. May 29, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  5. ^ "O's Moeller clears waivers," The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, June 3, 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Zaun sent to Rays for player to be named". Baltimore Sun. August 7. Retrieved August 7, 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Moeller agrees to minor league deal". Baltimore Sun. December 4, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Orioles grant Moeller an outright release". The Baltimore Sun. April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Yanks call up Moeller and Russo". MLB.com. May 20, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Cano's slam makes Hughes' win easy". MLB.com. May 29, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Yankees designate Moeller, call up OF Curtis - Baseball Wires". MiamiHerald.com. June 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Transactions | yankees.com: Team". MLB.com. March 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  13. ^ Collins, Donnie (September 1, 2010). "Yankees call up Albaladejo, Golson and Moeller". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 

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