Seattle Mariners starting pitcher prospect Andrew Moore is set to make his Triple-A debut at Cheney Stadium tonight, when the Rainiers take on New Orleans at 6:05.
A second round draft pick out of Oregon State University in 2015, Moore has quickly moved up the Mariners minor league ladder. He made six starts for Double-A Arkansas this season, going 1-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 34.2 innings. He gave up 28 hits and nine walks, while striking out 33.
Moore is not a classic power pitching prospect. Scouts and coaches say he succeeds due to tremendous fastball command, having the ability to place the pitch exactly where he wants to in all quadrants of the strike zone. He also features a slider and a change-up.
Born and raised in Eugene, OR, Moore should be excited to return to the Pacific Northwest and pitch close to home.
No pressure though, kid. The Rainiers pitched their fifth shutout of the season last night, and are 19-11 this year almost entirely due to excellent pitching. As former Rainiers manager Dan Rohn once said to a Mariners player beginning a rehabilitation assignment, “We’re winning here – don’t screw it up!”
Yesterday: Ryan Weber did his thing, tossing seven shutout innings of three-hit baseball to lead Tacoma to a 2-0 win over New Orleans. Weber has now allowed three runs in 31.2 innings this year, for a 0.85 ERA. Dean Kiekhefer and Emilio Pagan finished off the Rainiers fifth shutout of the season.
Roster Moves: Yup, we have more. Yesterday the Rainiers sent LHP Paul Paez to Double-A Arkansas, and LHP Michael Suarez went back to extended spring. Emilio Pagan and Mike Zunino reported, and tonight’s starter Andrew Moore was officially promoted from Double-A. Today the Mariners traded Rainiers reliever Casey Fien to the Phillies for cash considerations.
Today: New Orleans (11-20) at Tacoma (19-11), 6:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Miami Marlins.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Vance Worley (1-4, 3.03) at RHP Andrew Moore (–).
Hot Rainiers: Dario Pizzano is 6-for-15 with three doubles and a homer during a four-game hitting streak, and he’s 9-for-27 over his last eight games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 21 straight PCL games.
Look Out For: Brandon Barnes has a seven-game hitting streak and is 5-for-12 in this series… second-year New Orleans outfielder Destin Hood is the prime source of power on the roster… Moises Sierra has six RBI in his last five games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- The New Tribune posted the team-issued recap of yesterday’s Rainiers game. That’s all we’ve got.
- Dave Boling has a column on Mariners and Rainiers catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.
- A homecoming for catcher Carlos Ruiz is the focal point of this rare Mariners-Phillies series which starts tonight.
- I almost didn’t read this because it brings back perhaps the most embarrassing moment in Mariners history, but the story of “Who Let The Dogs Out” is done so cheekily that it’s worth a read.
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- Outfielder Raimel Tapia continued his hot hitting, helping Albuquerque to an 8-4 victory over visiting Las Vegas.
- Former Rainiers starter Zach Lee pitched well and Rocky Gale went 4-for-4 as El Paso picked up a 5-4 win at Nashville.
- Colorado Springs whacked Fresno, 12-5, as Brett Phillips had three hits and drove in four runs. The Sky Sox continue to win at a franchise-record pace.
- The Salt Lake Bees withstood a rain delay and a no-hit bid before coming back to beat Omaha, 5-3.
- Memphis scored eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to win its 11th straight game, 15-9 at Iowa. Patrick Wisdom hit a go-ahead grand slam – his second homer of the game. The paper focused on hot-hitting I-Cub Victor Caratini.
- Drew Maggi had the go-ahead hit as Oklahoma City edged Round Rock, 6-5.