Rays uber-prospect Matt Moore tossed a no-hitter tonight for the double-A Montgomery Biscuits. Moore needed 106 pitches, striking out 11 and walking 2 for the no-no.

According to our friends over at RaysProspects.com, this is the first minor league no-hitter for the Rays since Wade Davis tossed a pair of no-hitters. However, both of those were of the 7-inning variety (minor league double-headers are only 7 innings for each game). The last 9-inning no-hitter in the Rays famr system was by Gerardo Garcia in 2002.

Congrats to Matt Moore, but we do have to wonder about the pitch count. 106 pitches? That is a lot for a young arm. Somewhere Andrew Friedman is prepping his phone call to the double-A manager that might go something like this: “OK, but don’t do that again!”

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  1. Kevin says:

    I'm 99% sure pitching coordinator Dick Bosman is still in Montgomery as Bill Moloney is recovering from his gunshot wound (Moloney is back in the dugout but I guess not making mound visits). So I'd imagine Bosman, Moloney, and Gardner definitely thought it over. One big factor: All star break is coming up so he'll have some rest there (he's on the All-Star team but perhaps the Rays request that he not pitch or something). The ASG is June 21 so he'd have normal rest for that.

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  2. Alex says:

    OHZ NOES. 106 PITCHES??? HIS ARM WILL SURELY FALL OFF!!!1111

    : | Really? I hope you wrote that last part in a non-serious manner. The reason these young guys keep getting injured is because they are babied so long that when they get on a roll like this their arms aren't used to it. There's a difference between being reasonable with pitch counts and Kerry Wooding pitchers.

    For reference:
    Shields threw 215 ip at age 25 in his second big league season.
    Verlander threw 186 ip at age 23 his first big league season.

    People need to concentrate more on the pitchers mechanics rather than pitch count. If they have good mechanics then there is nothing wrong with reasonably stretching a pitcher out like this.
    It's a good thing we have people like Joe Maddon to save pitchers from throwing to one more batter for complete games.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Well, Matt Moore is 21, not 25. That is a big difference. And not all innings are created equal.

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    • Derek says:

      Oh, so you have a degree in Kinesiology?? Because this is a pretty sure statement you made here : "The reason these young guys keep getting injured is because they are babied so long that when they get on a roll like this their arms aren’t used to it." Where are the facts to back this up? Because I can show you a Rays pitching staff that has avoided major arm injuries. (outside of Howell)

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    • Amanda says:

      "OHZ NOES. 106 PITCHES??? HIS ARM WILL SURELY FALL OFF!!!1111"

      +1

      amok amok amok!

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