For Dustin Moseley, training and rehabbing the right way are just as important as the fundamentals of playing the game of baseball.
A former MLB starting pitcher, Moseley was a high-school standout in Texarkana and even signed with the Razorbacks before being taken with the 34th overall pick in the 2000 draft by the Reds and embarking on his pro career.
Retired Major League Player and back home after stints with the Reds, Angels, Yankees and Padres, Moseley wants to work with young players in Arkansas and help them avoid the injuries that have plagued his playing career.
"I want to educate players, parents, and coaches on the risks of over training young athletes, by promoting smart functional training and the importance of nutrition and recovery," he said. "While teaching these principals are extremely important, we will never forget the importance of having fun and loving the game!"
The birth of PROFORMANCE is something Dustin dreamed about throughout his professional career but only recently had time to make a reality in partnership with William Lewis and Jay Sawatski. Dustin wants to share not only his baseball knowledge but his experience in recovering from many baseball-related injuries including a dislocated shoulder and tearing his labrum and shoulder capsule.
Here's a look at Dustin's baseball timeline:
Stand-out HS career in Texarkana: Dustin was a stand-out athlete at Arkansas High in Texarkana, lettering in baseball, basketball, and football. Dustin excelled in all sports and while he believes it's important for young athletes to test and perfect all of their skills, it was his baseball ability that really stood out. He was named all-conference and all-state his junior and senior seasons of 1999 and 2000, ranking 32nd overall in Baseball America's Top 100 prospects for 2000. Other honors included being named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year for 2000 and Mr. Baseball 2000 by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. As a senior, Dustin went 12-2 with a 0.76 ERA in 16 games and 101 innings. He allowed just 43 hits and 20 walks while striking out 186 batters. Plus, Dustin posted an impressive .494 batting average with 13 home runs, leading his Arkansas High Razorbacks to a 2000 state title. In the state tournament, he pitched three complete games and was named the state championship MVP. Baseball America dubbed him “the most polished high school pitcher” and " closest to the major leagues."
Drafted in first round by Reds: The majors indeed were close. Though he signed to play college ball for the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas, Dustin was drafted 34th overall in the first round of the 2000 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He was rated the fourth-best prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America from 2002-2004 and promoted to Class AAA by the age of 21. After a successful start to his career with the Reds and a promising season in the Arizona Fall League, he was traded to the Anaheim Angels in December of 2004.
First MLB start with Angels: Dustin continued to climb with the Angels, setting a record for the most wins in 2006 while with the Salt Lake Bees, the Angels' AAA affiliate. His performance with the Bees earned him the opportunity to make his big-league debut with the Angels on July 17, 2006, where he won his first start. Dustin pitched his first full Major League season with the Angels in 2007, proving himself a valuable and versatile player by making several quality starts and impressive appearances out of the bullpen. In 2009, after three seasons with the Angels, Dustin underwent season-ending surgery. While the Angels non-tendered him in December 2009, the New Yankees soon signed him in February 2010.
Success with Yankees: Dustin started out that year with the Yankees' AAA affiliate in Scranton, but was called up in July. His versatility enabled him to work from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. During this memorable season, Dustin was tabbed to start a game televised by ESPN against Boston at Yankee Stadium. He went 6 and 1/3 innings, allowed only 2 runs, and ultimately lead the Yankees to a win. The standing ovation he received as he left the field topped off this obvious highlight to his career. Later that season, Dustin proved to have playoff potential after becoming the winning pitcher of Game 1 in the ALCS against the Texas Rangers. He pitched two scoreless innings of the pen, striking out four and leading the Yankees to another win.
Free agency, Padres: After a memorable year with the Yankees spent rubbing elbows with some of baseball's greats, Dustin signed in 2011 with the San Diego Padres as a free agent. During his first season with the Padres, Dustin solidified himself as a quality big-league starter. His ERA for April was among the top five in MLB, and he ended his season by posting a solid 3.30 ERA in 120 innings. But multiple dislocations of his left shoulder cut his 2011 season short, and his 2012 season with the Padres ended too soon after Dustin tore his labrum and shoulder capsule during his first start of the season.
While Dustin remains a free agent and continues to train and fight for the opportunity to continue his professional baseball career, he wants to grow PROFORMANCE and help Arkansas' young players reach their potential.
Dustin A. Moseley