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08:12 AM ET 02.10 | Twenty-two-year-old Matt Moore has pitched barely 20 MLB innings, but the Tampa Bay Rays' 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is considered to have a bright future. He figures to be a dangerous weapon in the Tampa Bay rotation, and there are plenty of New York Yankees and Texas Rangers who saw the left-hander late last season who will attest to Moore's extraordinary ability. He is the American League version of Stephen Strasburg. A lot of young starters are greatly limited by an innings count early in their careers, but remember -- Moore was drafted in 2007 and he threw 174.1 innings last season, between the minors (155) and majors (19.1), including the postseason. So the Rays will likely be OK with him throwing about 200 innings this year.

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February 10, 2012  08:45 AM ET

As a Cubs fan, every time I see one of these articles, about the hot !@#$, new-kid-on-the-block, I can't help but think back to 2001 and the drafting of Mark Prior ... O Lord, what went wrong ;)

February 10, 2012  08:46 AM ET

I'm going to predict that this kid has just a successful career as Strasburg if not better. The Rays have a very strong track record of developing their own pitchers.

February 10, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As a Cubs fan, every time I see one of these articles, about the hot !@#$, new-kid-on-the-block, I can't help but think back to 2001 and the drafting of Mark Prior ... O Lord, what went wrong ;)

Ha, Prior.

February 10, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ha, Prior.

... alas we hardly knew ye Mark Prior ... *sighs*

Good morning CSF2

February 10, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Shields-Price-Hellickson-Moore-Davis/Neimann/Colb .... Not too shabby!

February 10, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm going to predict that this kid has just a successful career as Strasburg if not better. The Rays have a very strong track record of developing their own pitchers.

I will remember your prediction Bishop! I will second that.

February 10, 2012  10:14 AM ET

I think it was a touch of genious to have Matt Moore pitch in the playoffs last year as his introduction to MLB. He now will begin this season with not only a vast amount of talent but confidence right from day 1. He's going to be special.

February 10, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As a Cubs fan, every time I see one of these articles, about the hot !@#$, new-kid-on-the-block, I can't help but think back to 2001 and the drafting of Mark Prior ... O Lord, what went wrong ;)

As another Cubs fan, I can answer this question for you...Dusty Baker.

February 10, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

As another Cubs fan, I can answer this question for you...Dusty Baker.

Not his fault today's pitchers are soft nancy boys

February 10, 2012  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As a Cubs fan, every time I see one of these articles, about the hot !@#$, new-kid-on-the-block, I can't help but think back to 2001 and the drafting of Mark Prior ... O Lord, what went wrong ;)

OK, but this kid is special. Matt Moore is that good. Now.

February 10, 2012  10:42 AM ET

It'll be fun to see him match up with Neftali Perez of the Rangers in a game!

February 10, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It'll be fun to see him match up with Neftali Perez of the Rangers in a game!

The Rangers. Geez! Can we get past them at some point in the playoffs please?!!! Honestly I liked that the ALDS's 3 of 4 games were within a run. I thought for sure Texas was going to steam roll TB.

February 10, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm going to predict that this kid has just a successful career as Strasburg if not better. The Rays have a very strong track record of developing their own pitchers.

I too recognize the Rays' ability to develop pitching talent. I don't know where they get this talent, but the talent they do find tends not to flame out. Other organizations should take note.

February 10, 2012  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

As another Cubs fan, I can answer this question for you...Dusty Baker.

Not only Dusty Baker, but also Prior's scapular loading was quite the issue.

February 10, 2012  11:33 AM ET

As an old-school Red Sox fan, I gotta say I still love the Rays! Exciting young teams that pitch well and play baseball hard. With Price, Shields, Hellickson and Moore as the core of your pitching rotation, how many runs do you need to score?!

But yeah, look forward to seeing Moore pitch in the bigs, I missed him as a Durham Bull, his stay in AAA was really short...

February 10, 2012  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It'll be fun to see him match up with Neftali Perez of the Rangers in a game!

That would be Neftali Feliz, and yes, that will be fun...

February 10, 2012  12:10 PM ET

Does he throw 100mph and strike out 10-15 a game? No? So no.
and we already knew this from last year.

February 10, 2012  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I too recognize the Rays' ability to develop pitching talent. I don't know where they get this talent, but the talent they do find tends not to flame out. Other organizations should take note.

years of failure and good picks. they do make the most of what they have. Have not seen them make too many stupid or costly moves.

February 10, 2012  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

As another Cubs fan, I can answer this question for you...Dusty Baker.

Seriously .....Guy ruined Prior, Wood, and Zambrano. Although in his defense, Zambrano is a head case. Don't forget Edison Volquez and Aaron Harang either. Johnny Cuerto will soon be on that list.

 
February 10, 2012  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

years of failure and good picks. they do make the most of what they have. Have not seen them make too many stupid or costly moves.

That's the nicest thing i have ever heard from you! Thanks buddy! :')

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