Royals sign Moylan, Murray suspended

The Office of the Commissioner announced today that right-hander Matt Murray was suspended fifty games for testing positive for an amphetamine. The suspension will begin at the start of the minor league season (April 7th).

Matt Murray

Matt Murray pitching for Wilmington in April 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Murray had moved quickly over the last two seasons, as he split the 2014 season between High-A Wilmington and Double-A NW Arkansas and the 2015 season between NWA and Triple-A Omaha. He pitched in nine games for Omaha between June and July (3.20 ERA and .236 average over 19.2 innings). With the Naturals, he started seven of the 23 games he pitched in. In 73 innings, he struck out 54.

With Murray out for the first 50 games, that opens a spot on the Omaha roster for…

Peter Moylan.

The KC Royals signed Moylan to a minor league contract (with most likely an invite to spring training). The Australian, who throws with his right hand from down under, has been sidetracked due to injuries since 2012.

In 2015, split between Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta, Moylan walked just nine in 39 innings (compared to 32 strikeouts). He then went back home to Australia to pitch in the Australian Baseball League with Melbourne and made one appearance (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K). He was expected to pitch for Australia in the upcoming World Baseball Classic Qualifier (from February 11-14 in Sydney), but the signing may complicate that.

Moylan is close with Kris Medlen, as they played together in Atlanta for four years (in the big leagues). If he is healthy and effective, Moylan could sneak his way into the Royals bullpen come Opening Day.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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