The Arizona Fall League gives top prospects the opportunity to showcase their talents against some of the best young talent in the game.
Over the past few seasons, the Cincinanti Reds have sent the likes of Tyler Stephenson, Jonathan India, and Noelvi Marte to the AFL in order to prepare them for life in the big leauges.
This fall, the Reds sent a bevy of talented young players to the AFL in hopes of seeing them develop into potential major leaguers. Carson Spiers, who made his big league debut this past season, is part of the contingent Cincinnati sent to the Grand Canyon State.
Reds prospect Andrew Moore has "best pure stuff" of anyone in AFL
But it was Andrew Moore that caught the attention of The Athletics' Keith Law. According to Law (subscription required), Moore "might have had the best pure stuff of any pitcher I saw."
For those Reds fans who don't know who Moore is, the right-hander was acquired at the 2022 MLB trade deadline as part of the package the Seattle Mariners sent to Cincinnati in exchange for Luis Castillo. Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, and Levi Stoudt were the other three players involved.
Moore had a horrific debut for the Cincinnati Reds last season. Known for his electric fastball, Moore had little to no control. After joining the Reds organization last summer, Moore appeared in just six games at Low-A Daytona, but walked 12 batters in 9.1 innings and posted a 12.54 ERA and 8.02 FIP.
Moore was sidelined for most of this season with a biceps injury, but did return during the latter half of the 2023 season and appeared in 10 games. Moore posted an impressive 31.1-percent strikeout at High-A Dayton, but also 15.6-percent walk-rate according to FanGraphs.
While Law bemoaned Andrew Moore's ugly arm action and 23 walks in 24 innings since joining the Reds organization, there's no doubt that he liked what he saw in terms of pure talent. If the Cincinnati Reds are able to harness this raw ability, the team could have a dynamite arm in the bullpen very soon.