Congratulations to Nathan Moreau on throwing a no-hitter yesterday in his first start of the season for the Frederick Keys. Moreau had a sparkling 9 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K line (I assume his defense made a couple errors, since he faced two over the minimum), which is a nice way to kick off his promotion from A-Ball to High-A. The 23 year-old lefty pitched very well in 60.1 IP for Delmarva this year, striking out 70 batters to only 23 walks and 3 home runs allowed. He started out the year in the bullpen before being moved to the rotation.
Moreau was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 draft, and though he has shown the ability to miss plenty of bats thus far (career 10.2 K/9 in the minors), his control is just decent (3.5 BB/9) and he’s a flyball pitcher (groundball rate of only around 39%). Moreau is also old for his level, but if can continue to have success as a starter – especially once he makes it to Double-A – then he might move up some prospect lists.