28-Year-Old Pitcher – Texas Rangers
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Moore followed up his solid 2016 Giants debut by posting the highest ERA (5.52) of any qualified starter in 2017. Widely considered baseball's top prospect earlier this decade, the enigmatic southpaw ...
Matt Moore Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $14 million contract with the Rays in December of 2011. Contract includes a $9 million team option and $1 million buyout for 2018.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Monday that while he intends to use a six-man rotation this season, Moore, Cole Hamels and Doug Fister will remain on normal pitching schedules in 2018, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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|2016 (Multiple Teams)||27||MAJ||TB/SF||33||33||0||198.3||184||90||25||178||72||13||12||0||0||0||4.08||1.29|
|2018 Spring Training||29||TEX||3||3||0||9.0||10||4||1||8||3||0||0||0||0||0||4.00||1.44|
|2018 RotoWire Projections||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Matt Moore|
|Career (View All)||140||137||1||782.7||754||371||95||711||327||51||48||0||–||–||4.27||1.38|
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched: Avg. 3.7 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched: Avg. 4.2 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.3 IP/G
Matt Moore Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|2016 (Multiple Teams)||27||MAJ||TB/SF||33||33||198.3||8.08||3.27||2.47||1.13||1.02||71.9%||92.8 MPH||4.08||4.17||.294|
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Matt Moore Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Matt Moore As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Matt Moore
2018 projections compared to top pitchers in 2016.
Texas Rangers Roster
MajorsAndrus, Elvis (SS)
AAAAlvarez, R.J. (P)
AADavis, Tyler (P)
A+Beras, Jairo (P)
AAlexy, A.J. (P)
RookieAparicio, Miguel (OF)
Matt Moore: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
In an unsurprising move, Moore had his $7 million option activated by the Giants this offseason after the club traded for him at the deadline, locking him in as the Giants' third or fourth starter to begin the 2017 season. The southpaw's 2016 results were fairly average when you look at his 4.08 ERA, 1.13 HR/9 and a 2.47 K/BB ratio. His league-average ERA does not tell the whole story as there were plenty of peaks and troughs throughout the year, with monthly ERAs ranging from 2.41 to 7.36 over 198.1 innings. His home and away splits stick out as well with a 3.36 home ERA and a 5.02 mark on the road. Pitching a full season with San Francisco should slightly improve his home numbers and his ERA as a whole. His strikeouts (8.1 K/9 last year) do give him a slight edge over other 4.00 ERA pitchers in his tier.
It was a tale of two seasons for Moore in 2015. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery that took place in mid-April of 2014 and wanted to be back in the majors in a bad way in June. The Rays didn’t bring him back until July and in six starts, Moore was beaten up badly with a 8.78 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP with batters hitting .372/.439/.549 against him. The team sent Moore back to Triple-A Durham until rosters expanded in September. Moore made six more starts to end the season and looked like the Moore of old with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and struck out 20 percent of the batters he faced while walking seven percent. Before the demotion, Moore’s stuff was flat and rolling up to the nitro zone of batters whereas his stuff had its old zip and his secondary pitches were competitive over the final six starts. He’s a perfect candidate for the “last year’s trash; this year’s treasure” theory in 2016.
Moore’s season lasted just two games, as he walked off the mound in Kansas City in early April with what the team hoped was just forearm tightness. In fact, he had torn his UCL and was done for the season. Given the Rays’ traditional conservative ways, it is unlikely Moore retakes the mound in Tampa Bay before Father's Day. When pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery, the control of their pitches is usually the last thing that comes back and that’s not good for a pitcher whose walk rate was already below average. He is not going to get 20 starts in 2015 and the starts he does get are not likely to be smooth in the early going. Mixed league players would be wise to let others take the chance on the name while those in AL-only leagues should look for Moore in the endgame.
In his second full season as a starter with the Rays, Moore launched forward as one of the top left-handers in the American League. He finished the season with a 17-4 record and a 3.29 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star game. He missed August with soreness in his throwing elbow, but was able to come back strong in September and the postseason. His fastball velocity was lower in 2013, but he still dealt with walk problems and led the major leagues in wild pitches. He has a respectable 8.6 K/9 rate and he locked down when runners were in scoring position, only allowing hitters to manage .200/.299/.282 in that situation. Though it may be difficult to repeat the incredible winning percentage, the 24-year-old Moore will be one of the top starters for the Rays and he will be a player to target on draft day.
Many expected Moore to be a Rookie of the Year candidate after his late season heroics for Tampa Bay in 2011 that included a spot in the postseason rotation. Tampa Bay was so confident in his future that they signed him to a five-year, $15 million contract extension to buy out his arbitration years before the season began. Moore struggled with a 4.76 ERA and 4.5 BB/9 in his first 10 starts which ended most of his rookie hoopla. However, he made adjustments and improved his slider, which led him to post a 3.36 ERA and 117:53 K:BB ratio in 120.2 innings after May 28. The lefty's big fastball hovers in the mid-90s and is mixed with a solid slider and changeup that give him big potential to be a future strikeout champ. If he can build on his second half and avoid the free passes that plagued his first half, Moore has a chance to live up to last year's preseason hype and become one of the top starters in the AL.
Moore started the season at Double-A Montgomery where he dominated the Southern League, including the first no-hitter in the league since Tommy Hanson's. Moore was even better after his July promotion to Triple-A Durham where he sported a 1.37 ERA over nine starts (52.2 innings) with a 79:18 K:BB rate. Moore received his first major league start against the Yankees in the Bronx in September and tossed five scoreless innings, striking out 11 for his first win. Moore went on to pitch Game 1 of the ALDS and threw seven shutout innings in Arlington against the Rangers as the Rays won 9-0. The big question heading into this season is where Moore fits in the Rays' plans. Conventional wisdom would say he'd have a spot in the rotation, even if the Rays go with a six-man rotation. A trade of one of the returning five starters would help clear up this picture and a spot in the rotation would likely make him the front-runner for ROY in the American League. He signed a five-year, $15 million contract in December, so the Rays may have already tipped their hand he'll be in the starting rotation in April. Don't be afraid to be aggressive in drafting the him, the sky is the limit.
After a slow start at High-A Charlotte, Moore not only figured things out, he had one of the best seasons for a minor league pitcher in 2010. Over the first half of the season he had a 6.08 ERA and struck out 78 batters in 60.2 innings. The second half was a complete 180, as he held a 1.39 ERA while striking out 130 over 84 innings (a 13.9 K/9IP mark). Moore was the first minor leaguer to eclipse 200-strikeout mark in the last five years (when some guy named Francisco Liriano did it). Moore will likely begin the season at Double-A Montgomery and should make it to Durham by season's end. Grab him if your keeper league has a minor league system and look for him to be with the Rays by mid-to-late 2012.
Moore might be the next big pitching arm to come up through the Rays' farm system. He struck out a whopping 176 batters in only 123 innings for Low-A Bowling Green. He'll likely start the year at High-A Charlotte and is a nice late pick in leagues with deep minor league reserves.