O's prospect Moreau throws no-hitter
Orioles pitching prospect Nathan Moreau was promoted to the High-A Frederick Keys from the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds on Wednesday, and he celebrated his ascension in a big way.
Starting on the road against the Salem Red Sox, Moreau thew a no-hitter, striking out six while walking none in Frederick's 7-0 victory. If not for two Keys errors, including a throwing miscue by the 23-year-old left-hander, he would have completed the perfect game.
Moreau, whom the Orioles drafted in the 11th round of the 2008 MLB draft out of Georgia, was 2-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 16 games (seven starts) for the Shorebirds before being sent to Frederick. He struck out 70 batters in 60 1/3 innings for Delmarva.
Last season, Moreau was 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 20 starts for the Shorebirds. He struck out 95 batters and issued 43 walks in 87 1/3 innings in 2009.
It was the first individual, nine-inning no-hitter in the Carolina League in six years. It was the Keys' first nine-inning no-hitter since July 3, 2003 when John Maine threw one against Winston-Salem.