The Tampa Bay Rays will promote their top prospect, and one of the top prospects in baseball, to the majors Monday, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Teams use September to give their prospects a taste of the majors, and it looks like the Rays will be doing just that with Moore, who is expected to be used out out of the bullpen.
One can make a case Matt Moore is the best prospect in baseball, over Bryce Harper, Julio Teheran, and anyone else you want to throw in there. ESPN's Keith Law mid-season rankings had the southpaw No. 2 in his Top 50 prospects:
Analysis: He has three above-average to plus pitches and easy velocity, and has improved his control this year. All of that adds up to a No. 1 starter. Preseason Ranking: 16
The 22-year-old Moore has spent the year dominating hitters between Class Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The majors may be no different for the prodigy in the long-term. In 155 1/3 innings this season, Moore is posting a fantastic 1.92 ERA, and an unbelievable 210:46 strikeout-to-walk ratio.