Found January 31, 2012 on Fox Sports:
In case you missed it earlier in the week, here is Part 1 of our rookie preview. Today we will examine the upper echelon of pitching prospects for the 2012 season. Starting Pitchers SP: Matt Moore, Rays Contrary to most adolescent arms, Moore's name is recognized by most hardball enthusiasts as a result of a seven-inning shutout performance against the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS last fall. This exploit, coupled with Moore's Major League starting debut in the final week of the season (five innings, zero runs, four hits, 11 strikeouts), has generated the Tampa hurler to the forefront of the young gun discussion heading into the upcoming campaign. After his remarkable 2011 submission, one would struggle to contradict this claim. In two stops on the farm (18 starts in Double-A Montgomery, nine starts in Triple-A Durham), Moore owned a 1.92 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 155 innings with 210 strikeouts. Just 22, Moore has conquered control issues that plagued him early in the mino...
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