Pitcher Matt Moore, after years of methodically moving up through Tampa Bay's system, is encountering something new this week with his promotion from the Biscuits to Triple-A Durham.
"I've never had a midseason promotion before," Moore said Monday night. "We'll see how it goes, but I just found out.
"I'm still a little numb."
Moore, despite his big numbers, said his promotion was "definitely a surprise." He was 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 131 strikeouts for Montgomery. The left-hander leads the Southern League in ERA and strikeouts.
But he'll fall short of winning the Southern League's ERA title. Moore threw 102 1/3 innings, which isn't enough to qualify. If the Biscuits play their full 140 games, he would need 112 innings. He could have been Montgomery's first ERA champ since Dave Rozema had a 1.57 for the Rebels in 1976.
"I'm not trying to sound weird, but I'm trying to get to the big leagues," Moore said. "I may not get there the fastest, but I want to get there the best way. I can't complain about not winning an ERA title."