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Rookie Roundtable II

PSR’s Malik Vincent sat down with Josh Harrison, Daniel Moskos and Pedro Ciriaco as the Bucs 2011 season was nearing it’s end. Pull up a seat for the second-run of PSR’s Rookie Roundtable, where the young members of the Bucs are on the hot seat.

Josh Harrison, IF
5’8”, 185 lbs.  Bats: R Throws: R
Born: 7/8/1987 in Cincinnati, OH.  Age: 24
How acquired:
Came to Pittsburgh along with Jose Asciano and Kevin Hart in exchange for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny in July, 2009.
The skinny: The former Cincinnati Bearcat stepped up in a big way in the Bucs patchwork infield, hitting .272 in 69 games.
Quotable: “Josh just came up and did a magnificent job,” Pirates infield coordinator Nick Leyva said. “He’s filled in at third base like he’s been there for a long time… The guy can swing the bat, he’s done a tremendous job for us this year in that part of his game.

PSR: Describe your experience with the club, thus far?
Coming up as a rookie, you never know what to expect. It’s been a great experience being in this clubhouse with the guys and all the coaching staff.  They’ve really made us feel at home.

PSR: Has there been anything that has made you feel uncomfortable?
No, not at all. There’s been nothing that has made me nervous and at the end of the day, it’s still the game of Baseball. Granted, at this level, you have to make quicker adjustments, but it’s still the same game.

Daniel Moskos, LHP
6’1”, 210 lbs. Bats: R, Throws: L
Born: 4/28/1986 in Greenville, SC. Age:
How acquired: Fourth overall selection in the 2007 MLB draft.
The skinny: Moskos will be forever linked with Baltimore’s Matt Wieters and Atlanta’s Jason Heyward, players the Bucs passed on to take Moskos. But his 2.96 ERA during his time in Pittsburgh has kept hope alive for this lefty hurler from Clemson, who has battled command issues.photo by Dave Arrigo

PSR: What’s been your biggest adjustment, bouncing back and forth from Indy to Pittsburgh?
The first time you go through it, you don’t really know what to expect. The second time, you have more of a better idea of the process and everything it has to offer. Third time it begins to feel something that’s somewhat comfortable.  You don’t want to be that comfortable going down, you want to be more comfortable coming back up. It’s definitely something you get used to.

PSR: Do you feel good about the times that manager Clint Hurdle has hand-picked you to get key outs?
The execution this year has been a bit shaky.  I went through some spells where I did struggle. One-batter situations are something that’s new to me. I haven’t really been in that situation throughout my career, but it’s been a process and something that I’ve been feeling more comfortable doing, lately.

Pedro Ciriaco , IF
6’0”, 170 lbs.  Bats: R, Throws: R
Born: 9/27/1985 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  Age: 26
How acquired:
Traded to the Bucs along with catcher Chris Snyder from the Diamondbacks for D.J. Carrasco, Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby on July 31, 2010.    
The skinny: Hit .303 in six separate stints with the big club. Also known for his great speed. Ciriaco was called back and forth from Indianapolis throughout the season but impressed managemephoto by Dave Arrigont by maintaining a positive attitude and never complaining about not sticking with the big league club, consistently.

PSR: Can you sum up the experience in Pittsburgh thus far?
I’m really happy to be here and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can so that I can get better.  Just trying to do my best here and keep going and hopefully I can start my year (next year) here in Pittsburgh.

PSR: What are some things that you are going to do over the winter to get better?
I just have to keep improving my defense. That will go a far way for my game, especially playing middle infield.  I have to force myself to be more consistent and I’ll do that playing winter ball in the Dominican.

Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com

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