Even though most prospect followers should already be familiar with Matt Moore's work this season, the Rays lefthander just keeps going out there and putting up amazing numbers every five days. Moore's latest gem for high Class A Charlotte came Tuesday in an 11-strikeout, no-walk performance over six innings against Jupiter. He allowed two runs (both unearned) on four hits, dropping his ERA to 3.36 in 144 2/3 innings for the year.
Moore already pretty much had his second consecutive minor league strikeout crown sewn up. His 197 strikeouts heading into Tuesday were already 14 ahead of his nearest competition, but his 11 on Tuesday made him the first minor leaguer to surpass 200 since Francisco Liriano in 2005. The last pitcher to strike out more than the 208 hitters Moore has was Clint Nageotte, who fanned 214 in high Class A in 2002, and with five more games left in Charlotte's season, Moore could get a chance to surpass that mark.
Moore has just been toying with Florida State League hitters with his 92-94 mph fastball and plus curveball for most of the last two months. He's racked up double-digit strikeouts in nine of his last 13 starts, all while tightening his control. Over those same 13 starts, he's walked more than two hitters in a game only once, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio is a whopping 121-to-23 over 78 innings. [...] Continue Reading »
See also: Arizona Fall League rosters
MLB.com released rosters for the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Rather than just give you raw names, here's a look inside the rosters for the premier prospect showcase in professional baseball: [...] Continue Reading »
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