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Rays prospect Matt Moore throws no-hitter for Double-A Montgomery

Jun 17, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

Matt Moore

Montgomery Biscuits left-hander Matt Moore, one of the game’s best pitching prospects, threw a no-hitter Thursday in an 8-0 win over the Mobile BayBears.

It was the first no-hitter in Biscuits history and the first nine-inning no-no for a Rays farmhand since 2002.  Moore struck out 11 and walked two in the 106-pitch outing.  He outdueled another excellent pitching prospect, the Diamondbacks’ Jarrod Parker.

BayBears first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the home run leader in the minors this season, went 0-for-3 against Moore in the contest.

With the victory, Moore moved to 4-3 this season.  He has a 2.43 ERA and a 103/23 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings, and Southern League hitters are batting just .186 against him.

In another organization, Moore, who turns 22 on Saturday, would likely be primed for a midseason callup.  However, the Rays are cautious as any team in baseball with their pitching prospects  and even if more injuries strike their rotation, it’s possible we won’t see him in the majors this season.

  1. em26jamie - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    The Rays started as a franchise in 1998. How could they have a farmhand pitch a no hitter in 1992?

  2. buddaley - Jun 17, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    According to montgomeryadvertiser.com, this is the list of no-hitters in Rays franchise history:

    June 28, 1999: Jason Standridge for low-Class A Charleston, 7 innings
    Aug. 10, 2000: Doug Waechter for short-season Hudson Valley
    May 22, 2002: Gerardo Garcia for Double-A Orlando
    July 15, 2003: Chad Gaudin for Double-A Orlando, 7 innings, perfect game
    Aug. 31, 2006: Wade Davis for low-Class A Southwest Michigan
    May 4, 2007: Wade Davis for high-Class A Vero Beach
    July 26, 2010: Matt Garza for the major league Rays
    June 16, 2011: Matt Moore for Double-A Montgomery

    All but Garza were “Rays farmhands”.

    • trevorb06 - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Facepalm…

  3. Ick McWang - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    You wont see Matt Moore til next season if even then. Probably not in the majors until 2013. The Rays have Alex Cobb as the more major league ready pitcher, and I would imagine they figure Matt Bush, or perhaps even Alexander Torres is closer to coming up even though he is struggling so far this year in AAA.

    Needless to say, the Rays pretty much have another starting rotation in the minors.

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