When MLB.com released their Top-10 Left Handed Pitchers list on Friday, the Stone Crabs 2010 ace Matt Moore was ranked seventh amongst all minor league lefty’s. Here is what Jonathan Mayo had to say about Moore:
Plus power stuff from the left side, especially the kind that lasts deep into starts, is hard to come by. Moore has it, and that’s why he’s on this list. He’s led the Minor Leagues in strikeouts in each of the past two seasons, becoming the first to top 200 in five years in 2010. He really turned it on in the second half, using his plus fastball, curve and changeup to get a lot of swings and misses. To continue having success as he moves up, he’ll have to continue to refine his command. It might not seem fair, but it looks like the Rays have another premium left-handed starter making his way up the ranks.
Moore spent the entire 2010 season with the Stone Crabs where he led the minors with strikeouts with 208. The post season all-star was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week four times during the season and finished with a 6-11 record and 3.36 ERA in 26 starts. Moore was drafted by the Rays in the eighth round of the 2007 draft out of Moriarty (NM) High School.
Moore joins fellow Rays farmhands Jeremy Hellickson and Desmond Jennings who were both recognized in their category.
The lists lead up to the unveiling of the 2011 MLB.com Top 50 Prospect List which will air on Tuesday night at 9 pm EST on MLB Network.