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3/28/1987 (29 y, 10 m, 26 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 26, Overall: 26, Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
$1.4M / 1 Years (2016)
Morris signed a minor league deal with the Giants as a non-roster invite Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. (12/8/2016)
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Morris had a mammoth gap between his 3.46 ERA and 4.89 FIP last season, which immediately makes fantasy owners want to chuck him in the trash bin. He's intriguing, though, because his paltry 5.12 strikeouts per nine were juxtaposed with a quality 11.6% swinging-strike rate. It seems to suggest his strikeout rate could increase significantly in 2014, which would improve his chances of compiling another solid ERA. However, he struggles greatly with his control. Only 41% of his pitches found the strike zone last year, which ranked 14th-worst among qualified major-league relievers. That resulted in a high WHIP, something that doesn't project to change. Of course, non-closer relievers hold zero value in fantasy leagues if they cannot rack up strikeouts and suppress WHIP. Thus, even though he could see his strikeout rate rise markedly next year, he won't be worthy of a roster spot unless he somehow notches a few saves for the Pirates, and with Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli firmly entrenched in the eighth and ninth, that seems rather improbable. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
The 26-year-old cutter specialist rode a healthy strand rate to a solid ERA, but until he begins to sniff the ninth inning for the Pirates, he's a complete non-factor in fantasy leagues.
Mostly, Bryan Morris is 'only' a sinker/slider guy. Those two pitches made up 80% of what he threw last year, and they also both have the worst platoon splits in baseball. That's about the end of the negative with Morris. Because boy does he have gas -- his sinker went 95, his slider 90, both pitches are elite when it comes to grounders and whiffs, he got 14% whiffs overall, and 60% grounders overall. Oh, he also has decent command. And before we make too much of the arsenal's short comings, we should note the second breaking ball. Call it a slow slider or a fast curveball, that breaker gets 17% whiffs against lefties in twice as much usage. In short, Morris has what it takes to be a closer. All he needs is for Steve Cishek to falter or be traded. Otherwise, he'll make for great ratios, strikeouts, and holds -- in leagues where that sort of thing matters. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Bryan Morris may need Steve Cishek to succumb to injury or be traded for a shot at saves. He's a great long-term acquisition in keeper leagues, and a name to stash away, even in leagues where holds won't matter.
Morris has been able to leverage his great ground ball tendencies into three solid ERA performances over the past three years. He does not feature impressive strikeout totals, with 47 in 63 innings last season and a career 16.7% strikeout rate, nor does he have impeccable command. This makes him not very useful in fantasy, as his WHIP is higher than you would want from a fantasy relevant reliever, and the strikeouts are uninspiring. The only categories he could potentially help are in ERA and holds, which have not been two categories that he has been elite in -- with a career 2.78 ERA and an average of 17.5 holds over the past two seasons. Morris is a decent player to have for an actual major league bullpen but it is difficult to see where he would be valuable for your fantasy team. He is firmly planted as the Marlins ground ball specialist and is not an option for saves and not the ideal option for holds as the last two years have exemplified. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
Morris gets a ton of ground balls and not much strikeouts, which makes him not too useful in fantasy baseball. He gets a few holds, but not enough to warrant real attention in holds leagues due to his lack of strikeout potential.
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Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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