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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Charlie Morton’s Electric Stuff Has Never Been More Electric

With the Phillies, though, Morton made a transformation. Matt Gelb reported on Morton’s velocity jump back in the spring of 2016 for Philly.com:

“For some reason,” Morton said. “I just went out there and tried to throw the ball hard one game. I wound up throwing it harder.

“I feel like my arm is working really well … My timing is really good. I feel like my arm is quicker. I’m maintaining my pitch speed throughout the game, which is really promising. It’s not just I go out there, throw hard, and it fades away.”

Last spring, the analytically inclined Morton appeared to do less thinking. Perhaps concerned that he was running out of answers, he made a very uncomplicated decision: he was going to try and light up the radar gun.

And he did.

His two-seam fastball velocity jumped from 91.8 mph to a then-career-best 93.3 over four April starts last season. His swinging-strike rate jumped to a career-best 12%, his ground-ball rate remained elite (63%), and his K rate jumped to 26.8%. He had never reached 20% in any single season for his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:41 AM (#5458245)
What? I refuse to abide a world where Charlie Morton is "electric."
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:01 AM (#5458269)
I was following his start on AtBat the other day and he was touching 97MPH regularly. Is it my imagination or is PitchFx "hot" this year? I know there are a lot of hard throwers out there but it seems that everyone is getting goosed up a bit.
   3. Greg Pope Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:11 AM (#5458275)
Is it my imagination or is PitchFx "hot" this year?

I think that there were some comments here that the speed is now being measured out of the pitcher's hand instead of partway to the plate. That should add a couple of MPH to everybody.
   4. Dock Ellis Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:48 AM (#5458303)
As I said in the Astros thread, he's striking out of 10 per 9.

Charlie Morton, Rich Hill, Scott Kazmir, Bartolo Colon...I am enjoying the age of pitcher reinventions.

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