Blanks, 26, was a senior when Moore, 23, was a freshman at Moriarty. In fact, Blanks' best man in his wedding was Moore's older brother, Bobby, who was also a standout athlete.
Moriarty High is not exactly a baseball factory, and the city covers 4.8 square miles with a population of 1,910, according to the latest census.
"He was good," said Blanks when asked about Moore as a freshman. "I saw him pitch as a freshman and then not again until professional baseball. He grew substantially."
Moore was selected in the eighth round of the 2007 Draft and reached the big leagues briefly in 2010. A year ago, he was 11-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 31 starts. This season, he has been dominant, allowing 26 hits in 42 innings.
"I always knew he was a good athlete," Blanks said. "I knew the potential was there. When he signed, he did it every year and was successful."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.