Matt Moore is just 23 years old, yet he has over half-a-decade of dominance in professional baseball. From 2007-2011 Moore carved up the minor leagues, posting a 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 12.67 K/9, and 3.84 BB/9. The walks were a little on the high side, but that’s to be expected of a kid barely in his 20s with the strikeout ability Moore has displayed.
In a brief 9.1 innings out of the Rays’ pen in 2011, Moore continued to dominate. Last year he transitioned to the starting rotation, and for the first time in his professional career, he couldn’t strike out a batter per inning. Gasp!
If you take a closer look at Moore’s 2012 season, though, you’ll see all signs point toward him taking several big steps forward in 2013. Moore’s strikeout rate after the All-Star Break was a robust 9.15 K/9 compared to 8.67 before the break, and his walk rate in the second half was 3.59 BB/9, almost a full walk lower than his 4.52 first-half rate.
While Moore will probably continue to struggle with control...