Rays prospect Matt Moore throws no-hitter for Double-A Montgomery

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Montgomery Biscuits left-hander Matt Moore, one of the game’s best pitching prospects, threw a no-hitter Thursday in an 8-0 win over the Mobile BayBears.

It was the first no-hitter in Biscuits history and the first nine-inning no-no for a Rays farmhand since 2002.  Moore struck out 11 and walked two in the 106-pitch outing.  He outdueled another excellent pitching prospect, the Diamondbacks’ Jarrod Parker.

BayBears first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the home run leader in the minors this season, went 0-for-3 against Moore in the contest.

With the victory, Moore moved to 4-3 this season.  He has a 2.43 ERA and a 103/23 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings, and Southern League hitters are batting just .186 against him.

In another organization, Moore, who turns 22 on Saturday, would likely be primed for a midseason callup.  However, the Rays are cautious as any team in baseball with their pitching prospects  and even if more injuries strike their rotation, it’s possible we won’t see him in the majors this season.