The Rays top pitching prospect, lefty Matt Moore, made his first major league start on Thursday against the Yankees and it was an impressive one as he shutout the Yankees through five innings while striking out 11.
It’s hard to tell how much of this was from the Yankees being hungover or because they have been known to struggle against pitchers they face for the first time. Either way it was impressive, he put runners on in four out of five innings but they hardly mounted a threat the entire time only once putting a runner in scoring position.
The lefty lived up to the billing as he flashed a fastball that reached 97 mph and had a full arsenal of five pitches including a changeup, slider, curve, and splitter. His slider was working the best of those pitches Thursday night as he used it the most often out of his offspeed stuff and threw it for strikes over 80 percent of the time.
Moore entered this season as the no. 15 prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America. He started the year in Double-A where he had a 2.20 ERA over 102.1 innings. Then he was promoted to Triple-A where he had a 1.37 ERA over 52.2 innings. Overall he had a 12.2 K/9 and a 2.7 BB/9 in the minors this season.