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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
144.0 4.20 1.28 117 8 9 0 1.0
Birth Date11-12-1983
Height6' 5"
Weight235 lbs
Age32 years, 8 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22012
1.92013
0.62014
1.22015
1.42016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2008 ATL MLB 16 15 74.7 80 41 48 9 .263 98 9.6 4.9 1.1 5.8 52% .290 .294 1.62 5.11 6.15 118 6.48 -0.8
2009 PIT MLB 18 18 97.0 102 40 62 7 .258 98 9.5 3.7 0.6 5.8 51% .315 .254 1.46 4.11 4.55 105 5.55 0.0
2010 PIT MLB 17 17 79.7 112 26 59 15 .267 91 12.7 2.9 1.7 6.7 48% .353 .345 1.73 5.32 7.57 105 6.11 -0.8
2011 PIT MLB 29 29 171.7 186 77 110 6 .261 98 9.8 4.0 0.3 5.8 61% .320 .272 1.53 3.74 3.83 102 5.31 -0.5
2012 PIT MLB 9 9 50.3 62 11 25 5 .259 93 11.1 2.0 0.9 4.5 58% .317 .294 1.45 4.21 4.65 103 4.84 0.2
2013 PIT MLB 20 20 116.0 113 36 85 6 .251 97 8.8 2.8 0.5 6.6 65% .306 .251 1.28 3.57 3.26 95 3.62 1.9
2014 PIT MLB 26 26 157.3 143 57 126 9 .255 100 8.2 3.3 0.5 7.2 58% .295 .260 1.27 3.69 3.72 103 4.53 0.6
2015 PIT MLB 23 23 129.0 137 41 96 13 .255 98 9.6 2.9 0.9 6.7 60% .309 .278 1.38 4.22 4.81 101 4.31 1.2
2016 PHI MLB 4 4 17.3 15 8 19 1 .248 100 7.8 4.2 0.5 9.9 66% .326 .241 1.33 3.10 4.15 89 3.45 0.4
CareerMLB162161893.095033763071.258979.63.40.76.358%.312.2761.444.094.541034.942.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2003 DNV Rk 14 13 54.0 65 25 46 3 .000 10.8 4.2 0.5 7.7 0% .363 .000 1.67 3.99 4.67
2004 ROM A 27 18 116.7 140 67 102 7 .000 10.8 5.2 0.5 7.9 0% .355 .000 1.77 4.41 4.86
2005 ROM A 26 22 124.7 124 62 86 7 .269 79 8.9 4.5 0.5 6.2 53% .298 .279 1.49 4.50 5.20
2006 MYR A+ 30 14 100.1 116 54 75 14 .259 95 10.4 4.9 1.3 6.7 45% .323 .275 1.70 5.23 5.39
2007 MIS AA 41 6 79.7 80 37 67 3 .263 89 9.0 4.2 0.3 7.6 48% .316 .257 1.47 3.82 4.29
2007 PEJ Wnt 6 5 21.0 15 8 20 2 .000 6.4 3.4 0.9 8.6 0% .250 .000 1.10 4.01 2.57
2008 ATL MLB 16 15 74.7 80 41 48 9 .263 98 9.6 4.9 1.1 5.8 52% .290 .294 1.62 5.11 6.15
2008 GWN AAA 13 12 79.0 51 27 72 0 .000 5.8 3.1 0.0 8.2 0% .242 .000 0.99 2.60 2.05
2009 PIT MLB 18 18 97.0 102 40 62 7 .258 98 9.5 3.7 0.6 5.8 51% .315 .254 1.46 4.11 4.55
2009 GWN AAA 10 10 64.7 52 16 55 3 .249 104 7.2 2.2 0.4 7.7 45% .275 .197 1.05 2.89 2.50
2009 IND AAA 1 1 7.0 4 1 7 0 .236 98 5.1 1.3 0.0 9.0 62% .250 .131 0.71 2.01 0.00
2010 PIT MLB 17 17 79.7 112 26 59 15 .267 91 12.7 2.9 1.7 6.7 48% .353 .345 1.73 5.32 7.57
2010 IND AAA 14 14 80.0 83 30 53 6 .253 107 9.3 3.4 0.7 6.0 56% .294 .249 1.41 4.29 3.83
2010 azu Wnt 3 3 15.0 11 2 14 1 .000 6.6 1.2 0.6 8.4 0% .250 .000 0.87 2.49 1.80
2011 PIT MLB 29 29 171.7 186 77 110 6 .261 98 9.8 4.0 0.3 5.8 61% .320 .272 1.53 3.74 3.83
2012 PIT MLB 9 9 50.3 62 11 25 5 .259 93 11.1 2.0 0.9 4.5 58% .317 .294 1.45 4.21 4.65
2012 IND AAA 1 1 7.7 6 1 8 0 .255 122 7.0 1.2 0.0 9.4 65% .300 .170 0.91 1.46 1.17
2013 PIT MLB 20 20 116.0 113 36 85 6 .251 97 8.8 2.8 0.5 6.6 65% .306 .251 1.28 3.57 3.26
2013 BRD A+ 1 1 3.0 3 0 2 1 .284 100 9.0 0.0 3.0 6.0 40% .222 .301 1.00 7.24 6.00
2013 ALT AA 4 4 18.7 10 6 11 2 .266 96 4.8 2.9 1.0 5.3 59% .154 .197 0.86 4.50 2.41
2013 IND AAA 4 4 19.0 16 10 12 1 .252 101 7.6 4.7 0.5 5.7 61% .250 .267 1.37 4.36 3.79
2014 PIT MLB 26 26 157.3 143 57 126 9 .255 100 8.2 3.3 0.5 7.2 58% .295 .260 1.27 3.69 3.72
2014 ALT AA 1 1 4.0 4 1 6 0 .239 98 9.0 2.2 0.0 13.5 60% .400 .261 1.25 1.10 4.50
2015 PIT MLB 23 23 129.0 137 41 96 13 .255 98 9.6 2.9 0.9 6.7 60% .309 .278 1.38 4.22 4.81
2015 ALT AA 1 1 7.0 2 2 5 0 .247 90 2.6 2.6 0.0 6.4 71% .118 .104 0.57 2.70 0.00
2015 IND AAA 2 2 13.3 13 4 17 0 .245 97 8.8 2.7 0.0 11.5 60% .371 .239 1.27 1.51 2.02
2016 PHI MLB 4 4 17.3 15 8 19 1 .248 100 7.8 4.2 0.5 9.9 66% .326 .241 1.33 3.10 4.15

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1306 0.5123 0.4280 0.8122 0.6248 0.2214 0.8517 0.6950 0.1878
2009 1589 0.5179 0.4512 0.8285 0.6367 0.2520 0.8683 0.7202 0.1715
2010 1413 0.5046 0.4501 0.8019 0.6157 0.2814 0.8838 0.6193 0.1981
2011 2740 0.4573 0.4511 0.8172 0.6185 0.3100 0.8826 0.7072 0.1828
2012 791 0.5322 0.4779 0.8360 0.6033 0.3351 0.9055 0.6935 0.1640
2013 1707 0.4452 0.4388 0.7997 0.5895 0.3178 0.8973 0.6545 0.2003
2014 2476 0.4592 0.4229 0.8042 0.5655 0.3017 0.9098 0.6361 0.1958
2015 1970 0.4508 0.4619 0.8077 0.6126 0.3383 0.9026 0.6667 0.1923
2016 276 0.4420 0.4130 0.6842 0.5410 0.3117 0.8182 0.5000 0.3158
Career142680.47560.44480.80930.6050.29740.88760.66980.1907

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-17 - 60-DL - - Left Hip Surgery Labrum 2014-09-26
2014-08-16 2014-09-16 15-DL 31 27 Left Sports Hernia -
2013-09-09 2013-09-13 DTD 4 4 Left Foot Plantar Fasciitis - -
2013-03-22 2013-06-13 15-DL 83 65 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-06-14 -
2012-05-30 2012-10-04 60-DL 127 113 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-06-14 -
2012-03-26 2012-04-14 15-DL 19 7 Left Hip Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2011-10-10 -
2011-10-10 2011-10-10 Off 0 0 Left Hip Surgery Labrum 2011-10-10 -
2011-09-05 2011-09-14 DTD 9 8 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2011-06-21 2011-07-01 DTD 10 8 General Medical Fatigue -
2010-05-28 2010-07-02 15-DL 35 31 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2009-06-21 2009-06-28 DTD 7 6 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-06-11 2009-06-20 DTD 9 8 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-27 2009-04-12 15-DL 16 5 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-02-24 2009-03-27 Camp 31 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-09-03 2008-09-21 DTD 18 16 Right Shoulder Soreness Under Shoulder Blade -
2008-06-25 2008-07-01 DTD 6 4 General Medical Respiratory Flu -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 PHI $1,000,000
2016 PHI $8,000,000
2015 PIT $8,000,000
2014 PIT $4,000,000
2013 PIT $2,000,000
2012 PIT $2,445,000
2011 PIT $441,000
2010 PIT $422,500
2009 PIT $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$17,713,500
2011Current$8,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$25,713,500
1 yrFuture$1,000,000
9 yrTotal$26,713,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 10 dAndrew Lowenthal, Jet Sports3 years/$21M (2014-16), 2017 option

Details
  • 3 years/$21M (2014-16), plus 2017 option. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 12/11/13. 14:$4M, 15:$8M, 16:$8M, 17:$9.5M club option ($1M buyout). If traded, 2017 becomes mutual option (Morton forfeits buyout if he declines). May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 11/30/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.445M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/16/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.441M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4225M (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/09. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Atlanta 6/3/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Atlanta 11/20/07. Re-signed 2/29/08.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2002 (3-95). $0.415M signing bonus.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 8 8.4 0 24 24 161.8 129 44 137 14 .275 1.07 3.04 3.3 31.8 3.5
80o 7.7 8.8 0 24 24 155.6 131 44 132 15 .287 1.13 3.37 3.66 25.7 2.8
70o 7.5 9.2 0 24 24 151.2 132 45 128 15 .295 1.17 3.61 3.93 21.3 2.3
60o 7.3 9.5 0 24 24 147.4 133 45 125 15 .302 1.21 3.82 4.15 17.8 1.9
50o 7.1 9.7 0 24 24 144.0 134 45 122 15 .308 1.24 4.02 4.37 14.4 1.6
40o 7 10 0 24 24 140.6 135 46 120 15 .315 1.28 4.22 4.58 11.2 1.2
30o 6.8 10.3 0 24 24 137.0 135 46 116 15 .321 1.32 4.43 4.82 7.6 0.8
20o 6.5 10.7 0 24 24 132.8 136 46 113 15 .330 1.37 4.69 5.09 3.6 0.4
10o 6.2 11.2 0 24 24 127.2 137 46 108 15 .341 1.44 5.04 5.48 -1.8 -0.2
Weighted Mean7.19.702424143.91334512215.3071.244.004.3514.71.6

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/29/2016 10:24 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 7.9 8.3 0 24 24 138.5 122 40 110 15 .270 1.17 3.49 3.65 20.5 2.2
80o 7.3 8.3 0 23 23 132.4 124 41 105 15 .281 1.24 3.81 4 14.5 1.6
70o 6.9 8.4 0 23 23 128.2 124 41 102 15 .289 1.29 4.05 4.25 10.6 1.1
60o 6.5 8.4 0 22 22 124.6 125 41 99 15 .296 1.34 4.25 4.47 7.3 0.8
50o 6.2 8.4 0 21 21 121.3 126 42 96 15 .303 1.38 4.44 4.67 4.4 0.5
40o 5.9 8.4 0 21 21 118.0 126 42 94 15 .309 1.42 4.63 4.88 1.6 0.2
30o 5.6 8.4 0 20 20 114.5 126 42 91 15 .316 1.47 4.84 5.1 -1.2 -0.1
20o 5.3 8.4 0 19 19 110.6 127 42 88 15 .324 1.52 5.09 5.37 -4.5 -0.5
10o 4.8 8.4 0 18 18 105.1 127 42 84 15 .335 1.61 5.44 5.74 -8.5 -0.9
Weighted Mean6.28.402121121.2125419615.3011.374.424.654.70.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
10% 49% 21% 13% 91%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2017339902626152138491271660.3021.234.074.528.22.97.50.91.4
2018349902525145137471261760.3121.274.164.638.52.97.81.11.1
2019358802323136130431141560.3121.274.154.618.62.87.51.01.1
2020368802323137129431171560.3111.264.084.548.52.87.71.01.2
202137770202011711237981360.3111.274.184.658.62.87.51.00.9
202238670181810610233881260.3111.274.194.668.62.87.41.00.8
20233966017171029732841260.3081.264.174.648.62.87.41.10.8
20244066017171009531821260.3081.264.224.698.52.87.41.10.7
202541440121271682258860.3101.274.244.728.72.87.41.00.5

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
27.816.622.217.614.88.599

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201527.816.622.217.614.88.599

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Doug Davis 2008 4.68
2 87 Roberto Hernandez 2013 5.19
3 86 Vicente Padilla 2010 4.36
4 86 Scott Feldman 2015 4.07
5 86 Aaron Sele 2002 5.17
6 85 Tom Candiotti 1990 4.10
7 85 Barry Zito 2010 4.38
8 84 Andy Pettitte 2004 4.01
9 84 Paul Maholm 2014 5.60
10 84 Jason Johnson 2006 6.73
11 84 Chuck Finley 1995 4.70
12 84 Casey Fossum 2010 0.00 DNP
13 83 Jaret Wright 2008 0.00 DNP
14 83 Jerry Reuss 1981 2.59
15 83 Scott Schoeneweis 2006 4.88
16 82 Zane Smith 1993 4.66
17 82 Gavin Floyd 2015 2.70
18 82 Rick Reuschel 1981 3.68
19 82 Tim Stauffer 2014 3.50
20 81 John Denny 1985 4.37
21 81 Bob Lemon 1953 3.74
22 81 Brett Myers 2013 8.02
23 81 Mark Gubicza 1995 4.09
24 81 Orel Hershiser 1991 3.46
25 81 Erik Hanson 1997 7.80
26 80 Andy Ashby 2000 5.60
27 80 Jim Rooker 1975 3.66 DNP
28 80 John Tudor 1986 3.33
29 80 Rick Rhoden 1985 5.02
30 80 Jim Clancy 1988 4.86
31 80 Matt Young 1991 5.58
32 80 Charlie Leibrandt 1989 5.48
33 80 Dave Hillman 1960 6.57
34 80 Nate Robertson 2010 6.75
35 80 Jeff Francis 2013 6.91
36 79 Stan Williams 1969 4.34
37 79 Wandy Rodriguez 2011 3.82
38 79 Darryl Kile 2001 3.29
39 79 Chris Narveson 2014 0.00 DNP
40 79 Camilo Pascual 1966 5.50
41 79 Frank Lary 1962 6.64 DNP
42 79 Chris Capuano 2011 4.79
43 79 Carlos Zambrano 2013 0.00 DNP
44 79 Brad Penny 2010 4.04
45 79 Frank Sullivan 1962 6.23 DNP
46 79 Mark Redman 2006 5.93
47 79 Dwight Gooden 1997 5.16
48 79 Jason Marquis 2011 5.05
49 79 John Burkett 1997 5.04
50 79 Bill Hands 1972 3.48
51 79 Bryn Smith 1988 3.59
52 79 Jose Contreras 2004 6.02
53 79 Tommy John 1975 0.00 DNP
54 78 Don Drysdale 1969 4.74
55 78 Woodie Fryman 1972 3.66
56 78 Tomo Ohka 2008 0.00 DNP
57 78 Kyle Lohse 2011 3.82
58 78 Steve Rogers 1982 2.73
59 78 Chien-Ming Wang 2012 6.68
60 78 Rudy May 1977 4.08
61 78 Joe Saunders 2013 5.75
62 78 Mike Cuellar 1969 2.91
63 78 Jack McDowell 1998 5.33
64 78 Jarrod Washburn 2007 4.74
65 78 Jim Perry 1968 2.40
66 78 Stu Miller 1960 4.25
67 78 Mark Buehrle 2011 4.03
68 78 Bob Porterfield 1956 5.90
69 78 Sidney Ponson 2009 7.67
70 78 Dave Goltz 1981 4.09
71 78 Jorge De La Rosa 2013 3.76
72 78 Mark Hendrickson 2006 4.76
73 78 Hisashi Iwakuma 2013 2.83
74 78 Jack Billingham 1975 4.33 DNP
75 77 Vic Raschi 1951 3.71
76 77 Don Lee 1966 5.84
77 77 Bob Bruce 1965 4.19
78 77 John Smiley 1997 5.77
79 77 Phil Coke 2015 5.68
80 77 Runelvys Hernandez 2010 0.00 DNP
81 77 Bob Friend 1963 2.91
82 77 Dave Stewart 1989 3.63
83 77 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2013 4.89
84 77 Bob Rush 1958 3.60
85 77 Jerome Williams 2014 5.01
86 77 Jim Beattie 1987 0.00 DNP
87 77 Bryce Florie 2002 0.00 DNP
88 77 Joaquin Andujar 1985 3.77
89 77 Gil Meche 2011 0.00 DNP
90 77 Jose Guzman 1995 0.00 DNP
91 77 Gary Peters 1969 4.86
92 77 Jeff Suppan 2007 4.92
93 77 Jason Jennings 2011 0.00 DNP
94 77 Bruce Ruffin 1996 4.65
95 77 Brian Tallet 2010 6.87
96 77 Sonny Siebert 1969 4.92
97 77 Doug Drabek 1995 5.06
98 77 Pascual Perez 1989 3.86
99 77 Bob Shaw 1965 3.22
100 77 Claudio Vargas 2010 7.32

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .288 .379 .442 .305
11 vs R (Multi) .243 .298 .351 .236
18 Split (Multi) .045 .082 .091 .069
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .301 .389 .506 .324
31 vs R (2015) .239 .285 .348 .226
38 Split (2015) .062 .103 .158 .097
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 The difference between the concept and reality of Morton is never more apparent than in his innings count. He looks like a workhorse; he's tall, wide and famously uses the same delivery as Roy Halladay—one of the era's most reliable seven-plus-inning starters. The puzzling truth is that Morton has never topped 180 innings in a season, let alone 200. That didn't stop everyone from getting their hopes up when he returned from the disabled list (hip surgery) in late May and went on a tear, working into the seventh inning in four of his first five starts. He then exited his next start in the first inning after allowing nine runs. Rump-rump-ruhhhh. The remainder of Morton's season followed the same tune: a few good followed by a few poor. He's probably just what he is and nothing more: an inconsistent no. 4 who, at the very least, can claim an infinitely better nickname ("Ground Chuck") than Doc ever got.
2015 Signed to a three-year, $21 million extension prior to 2014, Morton had another disappointing season from a workload perspective. He still hasn't reached 200 innings in a season, and his career-best (171) was set three whole years ago. Sadly, none of this will change in 2015 because he underwent a hip operation, the second of his career, which will sideline him for most, if not all, of the first half. Morton has all the makings of a workhorse middle-of-the-rotation starter and none of the durability. It's not his fault, of course; you just can't help but feel frustrated right alongside him.
2014 Not long ago, Morton was known as the guy trying to capture Roy Halladay's brilliance by mimicking his mechanics. Nowadays, Halladay would be well-served to study Morton. The well-built sinkerballer has become the key piece in the Nate McLouth trade, and had his best season to date in 2013 after returning from Tommy John surgery in June. Morton's walk rate is a bit deceiving because it doesn't include his 16 hit batsmen, but he's made progress and earned a three-year extension to stay in the middle of Pittsburgh's rotation.
2013 Morton gained popularity in 2011 after changing his mechanics to mimic Roy Halladay. The results that followed weren’t as good as Halladay’s. In fact, if you only looked at peripherals, they were horrible. But Morton did allow fewer runs to score than the average starter, so people were interested in how he’d perform moving forward. Unfortunately, he missed the start of the 2012 season following offseason hip labrum surgery. He returned quickly, made nine starts, and then headed back to the operating room for Tommy John surgery. He will be out through at least June, which means a true follow-up to his 2011 season might be on hold until 2014.
2012 You know how the old saying goes: If you want to pitch like Roy Halladay then just pitch like Roy Halladay. Morton took the idiom to heart and reconstructed his mechanics in the image of the pitching deity, from set-up to delivery. Lefties hit an Albert Pujols-like .364/.460/.500 against Morton, while righties hit a Luis Pujols-like .220/.289/.278. The difference is Morton’s bread-and-butter pitch: his sinker. It runs arm-side and Morton loves to throw it regardless of the situation or count. His commitment to the down-and-in sinker worked on righties, but 60 percent of his walks came against lefties despite facing nearly 60 percent righties on the season. Maybe Morton can revisit Halladay’s film and focus on copying his curveball. He'll have extra time to study with offseason hip surgery that could cost him spring training.
2011 With an abominable 1-9 record and a 9.35 ERA through his first 10 starts, Morton was so horrible to begin last season that the Pirates stashed him on the disabled list with the aid of a nebulous claim of shoulder fatigue. The team then had him spend time with a sports psychologist before starting him over at square one in extended spring training. Morton posted a 3.82 ERA at Triple-A, then had a couple of decent starts after being called back up to the major leagues in August. However, his results have never matched up with an arsenal that includes a 94-mph fastball with plenty of life and a plus curveball. The best way to salvage Morton's career seems to be a permanent sabbatical in the bullpen, but the Pirates hard-headedly refuse to give up on the hope that he can become a top-of-the-rotation starter.
2010 Seemingly everybody believes Morton has the stuff to be a quality major-league starting pitcher... except Charlie Morton. A lack of confidence is the only knock on the slender starter with a 95 mph fastball that has great movement, along with three other potentially good pitches in his curveball, slider, and changeup. Morton was one of the three players acquired from the Braves in the McLouth trade, and joined the rotation in short order. He hit his low point in mid-August when he was tagged for 10 runs by the Cubs in little more than an inning, but he came back to shut the Cubs out on four hits at Wrigley Field in his final start of the season, perhaps giving him a shot of confidence for 2010.
2009 After spending most of the 2007 season pitching in relief for Double-A Mississippi, Morton returned to starting in the Arizona Fall League and responded with a break-out performance. He followed that with an equally impressive Triple-A debut, earning a mid-June promotion to the decimated major league rotation. In the majors he was inconsistent, undermined by a back injury that took the edge off his stuff, 25 pounds off his lanky frame, and ultimately cost him most of September. The Braves think very highly of his mid-90s heat and four-pitch arsenal (plus curve and change, average slider), so after putting the weight back on this winter, he’ll get another crack at the rotation in spring training.
2008 Always seen as big and projectable, Charlie Morton struggled in a regular season conversion to the bullpen, but generated a ton of buzz in the Arizona Fall League by flashing a mid-90s fastball and a plus changeup. The Braves think he might be turning the corner.

BP Articles

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Charlie Morton has thrown 14,554 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (95mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Splitter (87mph) and Cutter (90mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (95mph).