MiLB’s pitchers of the week (ending May 29) include two hurlers at or near the top of their respective team’s prospect food chain.
If Kyle Gibson and Matthew Moore do something, top men in the Twins and Rays organizations know about it almost immediately. Both of them could be coming to a Major League city and a fantasy baseball database near you very soon.
Make sure to check out MiLB’s full list of top pitchers from last week, including Mets top-5 prospect Matthew Harvey, who struck out 11 and walked one in seven shutout innings.
Kyle Gibson, RHP, Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins)
No prospect has loftier expectations in the Twins organization and last week the 23-year-old Gibson delivered. He struck out eight in five scoreless innings in one start then took a perfect game into the seventh in his next one. Gibson finished with 18 Ks and three walks in 12 2/3.
After the 2010 season, Baseball America rated the former first-rounder’s (22nd overall pick) slider and changeup the best in the minor leagues. Gibson is 3-0 this season with 59 Ks to just 11 walks.
Matthew Moore, LHP, Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays)
Moore, the No. 2 prospect in Tampa according to Baseball America, is a nuclear weapon of a prospect. Last season he led the minor leagues with 208 strikeouts, the first player to eclipse 200 Ks in a season since Francisco Liriano in 2005. He was the first Florida State League player to do so since 1971.
Last week, Moore struck out 11 (his sixth 11-K performance — 13 is his career high) and walked one in six shutout innings. He has an absurd 76 Ks to 14 walks in 52.2 innings with an ERA of 2.91.
The 21-year-old will make his way to AAA (or Tampa) soon enough.
Owners of dynasty fantasy baseball leagues should have Gibson and Moore on their radar now. In some deep leagues, and leagues with special minor league rules, neither of them should be available.