Thursday, September 01, 2011

Moore wins SL pitcher of the year

Left-hander Matt Moore, who was with the Biscuits until mid-July, won the Southern League's pitcher of the year award Thursday.

The 22-year-old was 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings for Montgomery, including a no-hitter June 16. Moore, the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues, jumped to Durham after a July 17 start.

He's the second Montgomery pitcher to win the Southern League's pitcher of the year award. Right-hander Chris Mason won in 2007, a year he finished 15-4 with a 2.57 ERA.

Mobile first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, promoted to the major leagues Aug. 1, was the most valuable player. He hit .306 with 30 home runs and 94 RBIs for the BayBears. Goldschmidt was the California League MVP last year.

The league has not named its manager of the year.

I did ask Wednesday why Tyler Kuhn could be a two-timer on the SL's end-of-season team, but the league has not answered. Oddly, in 2006, Jacksonville right-handed starter Spike Lundberg was the league's pitcher of the year, but Montgomery's Andy Sonnanstine was named the league's top right-handed starter.

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