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Tampa Bay Rays Want a Matt Moore Metamorphosis

Tampa Bay Rays Matt Moore

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays admit there is no doubt about the ability and arm strength of second year starter Matt Moore. He should be compared to his teammate, 2012 Cy Young winner David Price. Moore can become that caliber of pitcher. If he does it this year, we will watch the next young Major League Baseball superstar transform before our eyes.

We need to remember that Moore was grabbed right out of high school, taken by Tampa in the 8th round of the 2007 draft. His stellar ride through the minors saw him lead the minors in strikeouts in 2009 and 2010. Moore’s blazing fastball, his go-to pitch, has topped out at 98 mph.

This is where the metamorphosis begins. Young, hard throwing pitchers will win games. Their strikeout numbers are off the charts. Look at Moore, 8.88 K/9 and a .235 opponent’s average. His talent at getting outs is amazing. But he now needs to have better control. He had 175 strikeouts in 2012, but he also walked 81 batters. Moore also threw 37% balls.

Moore’s record was 11-11 last year and he had an ERA of 3.81. Price, in his first full season with the Rays, had a 10-7 record and a 4.42 ERA. There are many similarities between the two, and that’s why the Rays organization is so excited about Moore. His potential is unlimited, and if he morphs from “flame-thrower” to “smart-pitcher” the sky is the limit.

The Rays have him working hard on developing a few more pitches for his arsenal. With Moore’s morphing ability, his numbers will skyrocket. We can’t wait to watch this talented young pitcher change before our eyes this season.