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June 30, 2010

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.

Posted by Steve Gould at 9:41 PM | | Comments (3)


Congrats... hope we see you up with Os someday

Colts (and O's Fan Forever

I saw Moreau's no-hiiter in Salem. I have attended baseball games for close to 50 years and this was the first no-hitter I've seen. It really gave a thrill to this heartbroken old orioles fan. Could Moreau be our Strasburg. One can only hope. He sure looked like him tonight

Congrats Woody. Witnessing the no-hitter should or will be the highlight of your baseball career.

I think this is the 3rd time in the last few seasons Salem has been victimized by another Keys no-hitter.

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