The Rays are surging in the standings, making a valiant effort to catch the fading Red Sox for the AL Wild Card. Their pitching has been more than solid all season long and it just got even better. Recent call-up Matt Moore is the best pitching prospect in baseball. Can he help your fantasy team down the stretch?
The numbers are staggering. Matt Moore compiled 210 strikeouts to only 46 walks in 155 minor league innings between double and triple-A. He posted a 2.62 FIP in 18 double-A starts and a 2.02 FIP in nine triple-A starts. ESPN’s Keith Law recently ranked him the number two prospect in baseball — behind Bryce Harper — in his updated midseason top 50
While this is all very exciting for Rays fans and baseball fans alike, there isn’t much hope that Moore can provide a big fantasy boost over the season’s final few weeks. The Rays want to limit the 23-year-old’s workload and intend to work him out of the bullpen the rest of the way. Barring an injury to one of their current starters, Moore isn’t likely to provide more than a few strikeouts the rest of the way — maybe a vulture win if you’re lucky.
Moore’s keeper value remains quite high, but don’t go reaching for that long-term upside in standard single season mixed leagues.