Who's the better prospect to you, Matt Moore or Nick Barnese?
Cork Gaines: Nick Barnese. Matt Moore is left-handed and had slightly better numbers last season. I even like that he dominated right-handed batters. But Barnese was the third-round pick and Moore wasn't selected until the eighth. At this early stage, considering I couldn't even pick these guys out of lineup... I will have to stick with the better pedigree and that is Barnese.
Tommy Rancel: At this point, Barnese is the more advanced prospect, but I'd say Moore has the higher upside. Left-handed, throws mid 90s with control. There isn't a whole lot to dislike about either one, but I'd tip my hat to Moore.
R.J. Anderson: Barnese seems more advanced at this point and he’s only five months older.
RaysParty: Both are very similar, but Matt Moore is a lefty throwing in the low-nineties and may have some velocity to add on. His curveball is also above average and he should add a changeup soon. Having a lefty starter throwing hard fastballs is always coveted in the Majors. Moore looks to get high strikeout rates and low walk rates during his professional career.
Tyler Hissey: There is not a huge track record to go by with Moore yet, and it was surprising that he repeated Princeton again in 2008. But he has a pretty high upside, as there are not too many young lefties who consistently throw in the mid-90s at that age. I am excited to see how he performs against more advanced hitters, but he is the better prospect to me at this stage, with a real chance to emerge as one of the best pitching prospects around. Barnese is also a really good breakout candidate in his first stab at full season-ball as I mentioned above, with two plus pitches, including that solid curve ball that scouts have raved about. Love the K/9 rate and ground ball % from his time at Hudson Valley; I cannot help but think of a young Jeremy Hellickson when talking about him. He is probably a safer bet to be ranked higher on this list next year, but I am going with Moore because of his tremendous arm strength and left-handedness.
Brickhaus: Moore. As far as I can tell, his best pitch is better than Barnese's, his second best pitch is better than Barnese's, plus he's a lefty. That said, Barnese by all accounts has better control and mound demeanor. Also, Princeton has historically been a tough place to pitch well, while it seems like someone has a fantastic year every season in Hudson Valley. I don't think Barnese is a mirage based on pitching in Hudson Valley, but I think that as long as Moore can keep his mechanics intact, he should be able to dominate guys at higher levels than Barnese.
Doug Milhoan: Tough choice, but I'll take Barnese. I'm going to assume here that they both pitch for Bowling Green, where they will benefit from having R.C. Lichtenstein as their pitching coach. Barnese is only 5 months older but has already faced more advanced hitters at Hudson Valley (A-) than Moore has at Princeton (R+), while putting up similar numbers. I like that both have high strikeout rates, low walk rates, high groundball percentages, and allow few home runs. While I realize Moore is more projectable and is a coveted lefty, I think Barnese will be better in 2009. He's already faced these hitters last year (the hitters will be moving up to full-season A-ball too), and I think he'll handle the increased innings better than Moore. Long term who knows, but for 2009 it's a good year to be a Hot Rods' fan!
Kevin Gengler: It's really close, but if I had to choose just one, I would pick Barnese. Moore was absolutely fantastic with Princeton, but Barnese pitched well at a higher level and I think his fastball is going to develop into a true plus-plus pitch with it's combination of velocity and life. If they both have somewhat similar seasons in Bowling Green in 2009, then I might give the edge to Moore, but after only one awesome season, I'm not quite sold on him. Another dominating season would do a lot to quell my doubts, but right now I have to go with Barnese.