One of the few American sports where Aussies have not made many inroads is Major League Baseball (MLB), but Australian pitcher Peter Moylan has been proving the exception as he has gone about his business quietly for the Kansas City Royals.
Moylan, a 38-year-old relief pitcher, was born in Perth and has enjoyed a respectable MLB career. He spent six years with the Atlanta Braves when he made his debut in 2006. He moved on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2013 season. He did not make a major league roster in 2014 when the Houston Astros signed him to a minor league contract, and then released him.
He returned to the Braves in 2015 on a minor league deal that gave him the right to compete for a roster spot with the senior club. He served the Braves as a player/coach that year as he recovered from elbow surgery.
Now with the Kansas City Royals, he has made 50 appearances for the team and carries a respectable 3.43 ERA. It is rare for a 38-year-old pitcher to hold on in the bigs, but his career statistics give some indication of his value.
As a relief pitcher, won – loss records are never going to be big numbers, but Moylan carries an impressive 24-win, nine-loss record, with an earned run average of 3.08. He has struck out 266 batters as of mid-May of 2016 and he is amongst the top of Major League pitchers for having played the most this season.
The Royals got off to a slow start in 2017, but they show signs of promise of late.