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Charlie Morton
Birthdate: 11/12/1983 (33 y, 4 m, 15 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 23, Overall: 95, Team: Atlanta Braves
Contract: $14M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Morton will pitch either the second game of the regular season or the third, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports. (3/25/2017)
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Profile: Don’t get too hyped on 17 innings! Don’t get too hyped on 17 innings! Don’t get too hyped on 17 innings! OK, but did you see that Morton was working at 94.3 mph with a 27% strikeout rate and 12% swinging strike rate?! All three were far and away career-bests. Even if we were going to get overly excited about the positives in the 17-inning sample, we’d have to address his 11% walk rate, too. Unfortunately, it was all cut short when he tore his hamstring running out a bunt (the two worst things ever: pitchers hitting and bunting). The Astros decided to bet on Morton with a two-year, $14 million dollar deal. The 33-year old has never made 30 starts in a season and only twice has topped 150 innings, so even if they believe in his improvements, they’re likely only planning on something in the 120-inning range. If Morton can even keep some of the strikeout gains while maintaining his elite ground ball ability, there is some intrigue here. It is counterbalanced by both the health risk and his first foray into the American League, but don’t be afraid to throw a dollar on him late.(Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Morton amped his velocity and saw a corresponding surge in strikeout rate to go with his excellent ground ball rate, but his season was over before it really started when he tore his hamstring after 17 innings. He is an interesting late-round gamble who could get some helium with an impressive spring.

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DateTeamOppGSO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
Total- - -- - -933.2 %62.3 %48.8 %71.3 %92.8 %86.0 %53.6 %21.7
DateTeamOppGSO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2012-05-29PITCIN136.0 %66.7 %54.1 %88.9 %91.7 %90.9 %59.0 %22.0
2012-05-23PITNYM118.9 %61.7 %45.4 %85.7 %94.6 %93.2 %61.9 %20.5
2012-05-01PIT@STL134.9 %65.4 %51.6 %80.0 %94.1 %89.8 %54.7 %22.1
2012-04-20PITSTL127.9 %52.0 %40.9 %75.0 %88.5 %84.2 %53.8 %22.2
2012-05-18PIT@DET134.9 %59.2 %47.8 %73.3 %100.0 %90.9 %53.3 %23.0
2012-04-14PIT@SFG141.2 %75.7 %59.2 %71.4 %92.9 %85.7 %52.1 %22.4
2012-05-12PITHOU135.1 %70.2 %54.8 %69.2 %97.0 %89.1 %56.0 %23.3
2012-04-25PITCOL128.0 %52.9 %40.6 %64.3 %88.9 %80.5 %50.5 %20.2
2012-05-06PITCIN141.8 %61.9 %50.5 %56.5 %84.6 %71.4 %43.3 %20.3