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Rays promote stud pitching prospect Matt Moore to Triple-A

Jul 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay has promoted Matt Moore to Triple-A, putting the stud prospect one step from the majors at age 22.

Moore, who ranked 15th on Baseball America‘s preseason list of the MLB’s top prospects and moved up to the No. 3 spot on their midseason revision, had a 2.20 ERA and 131/28 K/BB ratio in 102 innings at Double-A, leading the Southern League in opponents’ batting average (.187) and strikeouts.

For his career Moore has a 2.79 ERA and 621 strikeouts in 445 innings and adding the left-hander to a rotation that already includes David Price, James Shields, and Jeremy Hellickson is a scary thought and one reason why the Rays are going to be winning 90-plus games a year for a long time. It’s possible Moore will get a cup of coffee in the majors this September, but his true estimated time of arrival is probably mid-2012.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Well, now that Tampa is 8 games out, Shields is gone. He will be the most expensive player on the roster next year. His trade value has never been higher. His salary is very reasonable, but the Rays would be wise to deal him to a NL central team and pickup a few big prospects. Yonder Alonso sounds like a good fit for the Rays, and the Reds need pitching, not a backup 1st baseman. With Matt Moore, Jake McGee, and Alex Cobb all sitting in the minors or in the bullpen, I think Shields is the odd man out. I will hate to see Big Game James go, but I will welcome some help for this futile offense.

    This kid is a stud. I cant wait to see Matt Moore on this Rays team. I wholeheartedly believe they are the team to beat in the AL for years to come. With a pitching staff this strong, and all 8 of them locked up for at least 3 years, Tampa will be hosting a lot of playoff games.

    • Ick McWang - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

      I agree, mostly. I personally think the Rays regret giving Wade Davis that extension, pretty much as soon as he signed it he fell apart. I think the Rays would rather deal Neimann or Davis, but certainly would trade Shields if the right offer presented itself.

      • flpunx - Jul 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        I don’t think they will end up regretting the signing. I mean, come on, he came cheap. Plus, he finished last year very strong after a DL start, and to be fair, the offense isn’t helping ANY of their pitching this year. David Price has an abysmal record this season in comparison to last year, but his ERA isn’t out of control. You have to pitch complete game shutouts to even hope to get a win with these bats this year. When BJ Upton is leading your team in most offensive categories that contribute to runs on the board, you are probably in trouble. . . .

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jul 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Sweet sassy molassey.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    so the rays will be like the braves of the 90’s, great pitching, cant hit, no championships. who cares

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