If you watch Blue Jays righthander Brandon Morrow pitch, it’s clear he has great stuff. It has taken some time for that to translate into success and we saw a glimpse of his dominance in the second half last season.
Morrow was selected fifth overall in 2006 by the Mariners, who took the Joba Chamberlain approach with him and were jerking him around between the starting rotation and the bullpen.
The Blue Jays made the wise move and decided to use him strictly as a starter last season. His numbers were so awful early that it stymied people from picking him up and he remained on many waiver wires for quite some time.
Prior to the All-Star break, Morrow had a 4.86 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and walked 47 in 100 innings. As it is for many young pitchers with overpowering stuff, control was the main problem. The control improved in the second half and was one of the reasons for his strong finish
In addition to using his changeup and splitter more, Morrow became more of a pitcher instead of trying to blow the ball past everyone. Morrow was shut down in September as the Blue Jays made the wise move to shut him down and limited his innings to 146 1/3. Morrow had a 3.69 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 67/19 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings after the All-Star break.
He had a 10.95 K/9IP, 4.06 BB/9IP, and a high .348 BABIP that contributed to his 4.49 ERA. If I had to make a prediction, the second-half Morrow is the one that’s real and his current ADP is a bargain.
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