1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Mike Moore
Wow, what could have been….
Mike Moore was a very highly touted rookie during the 1982 baseball season. Unfortunately, his debut campaign did not go as planned as he finished with a 7-14 record while starting in 27 games. Moore had the stuff, but he was young and the Mariners offense did not offer a ton of run support when he or any Mariners pitchers took the mound.
Still, Moore was a very talented pitcher, and ended up having a pretty solid career. Marred with some very lofty double-digit loss seasons early in his career, Moore eventually turned it around and rebounded during the second half of his 14-year career to end up with a decent record. Compiling a 161-176 career record, Moore ended up having 8 double-digit win seasons along with 11 double-digit loss seasons.
In his best season, 1989, Moore finished in 3rd place for the American League Cy Young award. With a potent offense supporting him, Moore finished the year with a 19-11 record and a very low 2.61 ERA. He helped lead his team into the playoffs and to the eventual World Series title that year. During those ’89 playoffs, Moore started 3 games and won them ALL!! He threw 20 innings, struck out 13 batters, and compiled a very low 2.08 ERA.
Overall ranking – 6 out of 10. Points earned for eclipsing the 100 wins total and winning the 1989 World Series. Points lost for having a losing record.