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Justin Morneau

33-Year-Old First Baseman – Colorado Rockies

2014 Stats

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.320

HR

16

RBI

79

R

56

SB

0

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

While Morneau is well removed from his days as an MVP in 2006, his move to Colorado gives him plenty of fantasy value. In 2013, the first baseman hit .259/.315/.426 with 17 homers and 74 RBI for the T...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 220   DOB: 5/15/1981   BORN: New Westminster, BC Canada   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Justin Morneau Contract Information:

Agreed to a two-year contract with the Rockies in December 2013 worth approximately $13 million.

September 17, 2014  –  Justin Morneau News

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Morneau went 3-for-4 with a home run, six RBI and a pair of runs scored in a blowout win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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Justin Morneau Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 23 AAA ROC 72 326 288 51 88 45 23 0 22 63 1 1 32 47 0 3 3 .306 .377 .615 .992
2005 24 MAJ MIN 141 543 490 62 117 49 23 4 22 79 0 2 44 94 0 5 4 .239 .304 .437 .741
2006 25 MAJ MIN 157 661 592 97 190 72 37 1 34 130 3 3 53 93 0 11 5 .321 .375 .559 .934
2007 26 MAJ MIN 157 668 590 84 160 65 31 3 31 111 1 1 64 91 0 9 5 .271 .343 .492 .834
2008 27 MAJ MIN 163 712 623 97 187 74 47 4 23 129 0 1 76 85 0 10 3 .300 .374 .499 .873
2009 28 MAJ MIN 135 590 508 85 139 62 31 1 30 100 0 0 72 86 0 7 3 .274 .363 .516 .878
2010 29 MAJ MIN 81 348 296 53 102 44 25 1 18 56 0 0 50 62 0 2 0 .345 .437 .618 1.055
2011 30 AAA ROC 7 31 30 8 11 5 4 0 1 8 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .367 .387 .600 .987
2011 30 MAJ MIN 69 288 264 19 60 20 16 0 4 30 0 0 19 44 0 2 3 .227 .285 .333 .618
2012 31 MAJ MIN 134 570 505 63 135 47 26 2 19 77 1 0 49 102 0 10 6 .267 .333 .440 .773
2013 32 MAJ MIN 127 543 495 56 128 49 32 0 17 74 0 0 37 98 0 5 6 .259 .315 .426 .741
2013 32 MAJ PIT 25 92 77 6 20 4 4 0 0 3 0 0 13 12 0 1 1 .260 .370 .312 .682
2013  (Multiple Teams) 32 MAJ MIN/PIT 152 635 572 62 148 53 36 0 17 77 0 0 50 110 0 6 7 .259 .323 .411 .734
2014 33 AAA COL 1 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
2014 33 MAJ COL 127 520 475 56 152 49 30 3 16 79 0 3 32 55 0 8 5 .320 .363 .497 .860
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3-Year Averages     118 497 447 48 114 39 26 0 13 61 0 0 39 85 0 6 5 .255 .318 .400 .718
Career  (View All)     1430 5,962 5,301 731 1,490 579 323 19 237 942 5 10 546 906 0 72 43 .281 .349 .483 .832

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Justin Morneau Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 18 Ari 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .360 .492 .852
Sep. 17 LAD 4 2 3 1 0 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .320 .363 .497 .860
Sep. 16 LAD 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .361 .486 .847
Sep. 15 LAD 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .315 .360 .484 .844
Sep. 14 @StL Did not play.
Sep. 13 @StL Did not play.
Sep. 12 @StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .315 .359 .485 .844
Sep. 10 @NYM 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .361 .488 .849
Sep. 9 @NYM 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .358 .488 .846
Sep. 8 @NYM Did not play.
Sep. 7 SD 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .359 .490 .849
Sep. 6 SD 6 1 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .356 .489 .845
Sep. 5 SD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .309 .352 .480 .832
Sep. 3 SF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .312 .353 .483 .836
Sep. 2 SF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .352 .483 .835
Sep. 1 SF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .311 .354 .486 .840
Aug. 31 @Ari 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .312 .353 .488 .841
Aug. 30 @Ari Did not play.
Aug. 29 @Ari 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .312 .354 .491 .845
Aug. 28 @SF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .357 .495 .852
Aug. 27 @SF 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .318 .360 .500 .860
Aug. 26 @SF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .359 .499 .858
Aug. 25 @SF 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .317 .359 .498 .857
Aug. 24 Mia Did not play.
Aug. 23 Mia 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .357 .496 .853
Aug. 22 Mia 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .319 .362 .504 .866
Aug. 20 KC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .360 .496 .856
Aug. 19 KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .360 .496 .856
Aug. 17 Cin Did not play.
Aug. 17 Cin Did not play.
Last 7 Days 19 6 6 2 0 1 7 0 4 0 0 1 1 1 .316 .333 .579 .912
Last 14 Days 41 8 16 2 0 2 10 4 4 0 0 1 3 1 .390 .429 .585 1.014
Last 30 Days 85 10 25 4 0 3 14 8 10 0 2 1 3 1 .294 .351 .447 .798

Justin Morneau: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 125 1
2013 137 12
2012 99 34
2011 56 13
2010 77 2
2009 123 12

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Justin Morneau Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201411873170.246.373.651
2013169132160.207.278.525
2012198152210.232.298.569

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20143574913620.345.538.929
20134034915610.280.467.819
20123074817561.290.531.902

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142543711520.331.524.890
2013273309390.286.462.797
2012258297320.252.399.728

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014221195270.308.466.827
2013299328380.234.365.676
20122473412451.283.482.820
Justin Morneau Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 23 AAA ROC 326 288 9.8% 14.4% 0.68 84% .301 .309
2005 24 MAJ MIN 543 490 8.1% 17.3% 0.47 81% .254 .198
2006 25 MAJ MIN 661 592 8% 14.1% 0.57 84% .335 .238
2007 26 MAJ MIN 668 590 9.6% 13.6% 0.70 85% .276 .221
2008 27 MAJ MIN 712 623 10.7% 11.9% 0.89 86% .318 .199
2009 28 MAJ MIN 590 508 12.2% 14.6% 0.84 83% .278 .242
2010 29 MAJ MIN 348 296 14.4% 17.8% 0.81 79% .389 .273
2011 30 AAA ROC 31 30 3.2% 6.5% 0.50 93% .370 .233
2011 30 MAJ MIN 288 264 6.6% 15.3% 0.43 83% .259 .106
2012 31 MAJ MIN 570 505 8.6% 17.9% 0.48 80% .302 .173
2013 32 MAJ MIN 543 495 6.8% 18% 0.38 80% .292 .167
2013 32 MAJ PIT 92 77 14.1% 13% 1.08 84% .308 .052
2013  (Multiple Teams) 32 MAJ MIN/PIT 635 572 7.9% 17.3% 0.45 81% .294 .152
2014 33 AAA COL 4 4 0% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2014 33 MAJ COL 520 475 6.2% 10.6% 0.58 88% .337 .177
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3-Year Averages     497 447 7.8% 17.1% 0.46 81% .289 .145
Career     5,962 5,301 9.2% 15.2% 0.60 83% .301 .202

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2014 Stat Review for Justin Morneau    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.320 AVG
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88% Contact Rate
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.337 BABIP
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Power

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.497 SLG
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.177 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.58 BB/K
GOOD
6.2% BB Rate
WEAK
10.6% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

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.860 OPS
GREAT
.363 OBP
GREAT

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Justin Morneau: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Morneau (upper body) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

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Morneau (upper body) is back in the Rockies' lineup Monday, batting third and playing first base, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.

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Morneau (upper body) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

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Morneau (upper body) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

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Morneau left Friday's game with left intercostal soreness.

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Morneau is out of the lineup Monday against the Mets.

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Morneau went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI on Saturday against the Padres.

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Morneau is out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

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Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

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Morneau went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI while driving out his 14th homer of the season on Friday against the Marlins.

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Morneau is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

After two injury plagued seasons that saw his career nearly end due to a concussion, Morneau bounced back with a relatively healthy season. However, his production at the plate did not quite match the form he had before his concussion woes as he hit just 19 home runs with a .773 OPS. With his concussion issues seemingly behind him, his bigger worry may be that all the injuries he has had the past few seasons have sapped him of his power. Morneau's wrist has become his biggest issue as he had surgery to repair a tendon in the back of his left wrist in 2011 and it was often sore last season, sending him to the DL for two weeks in May and then causing him to miss the final week of the season. In his prime, Morneau had outstanding power and good plate discipline. However, even his plate discipline has slipped. While he drew walks at a good rate (8.6 percent of plate appearances), it was much lower than the 10-14 percent walk rate of his peak years. He also struck out the most times in his career. A problem from earlier in his career also returned, as he struggled against lefties hitting just two home runs against southpaws with a .569 OPS. Still, Morneau was given a clean bill of health after the season and it is the first offseason in three years where he has not been rehabbing from a major injury. He will begin the season as Minnesota's starting first baseman, but he is a risk to be traded on the rebuilding Twins as he is in the final year of a six-year, $80 million contract.

2012

After missing the second half of 2010 due to a concussion, Morneau returned last year but struggled at the plate amid several injuries including a setback to his concussion symptoms that puts his career in question. He started the season slow at the plate and quickly developed health issues. He had a had a cortisone shot for a pinched nerve in his left shoulder in early May and then hurt his wrist. He went on the DL with a sprained left wrist on June 14, had neck surgery on June 29 and had a cyst removed from his left knee and a bone spur removed from his right foot on August 19. The biggest concern is that he didn't play after a relapse of concussion symptoms after he dove for a ball while paying first base on August 28. It was a routine play that raises doubt if he'll be able to play in the field again or hold up from a full season of activity even at DH. He also had offseason surgery to repair a tendon in the back of his left wrist. Even when healthy last season, Morneau wasn't the same at the plate as he slugged just .333, hit only four home runs and didn't even draw walks. Before his concussion, Morneau had outstanding power and good plate discipline. However, it's not clear he'll ever be healthy again. There's no pattern in a return from severe concussions as some players miss significant time and return to form (Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the NHL) and others can never take the field again (Corey Koskie). While the Twins have penciled Morneau in at first base for 2012, he's a major injury risk (even aside from the concussion issues) and it's possible his career could be over with another setback.

2011

Morneau was on pace for possibly the best year of his career and another MVP award before his season ended due to a concussion on July 7. He was among the league leaders in home runs and batting average when he took a knee to the head while sliding into second base. He made several attempts to come back over the next three months but wasn't able to make it through full workouts without symptoms and eventually was shut down. After taking time off once the season ended, he started working out in the fall and says he'll be ready for spring training. Team doctors have also assured general manager Bill Smith that Morneau will be ready. However, given the unpredictable nature of concussions we won't know for sure about his health until we see him play in games again. And Morneau had faded the previous two seasons with poor second halves in part due to injury (he missed September 2009 with a back injury). When healthy, Morneau has outstanding power and good plate discipline and has improved the past two seasons against lefties. Normally that would make him a blue-chip option as Minnesota's first baseman. Instead, he's one of the biggest question marks for fantasy baseball in 2011.

2010

Morneau was on his way to perhaps winning a second MVP award before suffering a back injury in early August that ended his season. Morneau was hitting .301/.388/.562 with 28 home runs before his season started to fall apart after Aug. 15. He hit just .100/.200/.229 after that date and later it was revealed he had a stress fracture of the L5 vertebrae in his back and his season ended in early September. He ended up hitting 30 home runs for the third time in four years despite the injury and continued to improve against left-handed pitchers (.836 OPS vs. .778 OPS in 2008) - erasing any fears he'd be benched against lefties. Morneau has good power, plate discipline and the back injury is only the second time he's been on the DL in his career. He's expected to be healthy by spring training and should once again be a top-tier fantasy first baseman.

2009

Morneau just missed out on his second AL MVP award in three seasons, finishing second to Dustin Pedroia. He failed to hit over 30 home runs for the first time in three years (those homers instead turned into extra doubles), but hit over .300 as he continued to show great plate discipline. He also improved against left-handed pitching (.778 OPS vs. .693 in 2007) so he avoided sitting out bad matchups and played in all 163 games. He has good power, plate discipline and has been on the DL just once his career when he was hit by a pitch. He's a blue chip fantasy target as a result.

2008

Morneau wasn't able to duplicate his MVP season but his overall numbers were pretty close. He hit over 30 home runs with over 110 RBI for a second consecutive season. There were some concerns as he seemed to take a step backward against left-handed pitching (hitting just .228/.283/.411 against southpaws), which could see him benched more often against tough lefties. He also faded in the second half of the season, hitting just .243/.318/.384 with only seven home runs after the All-Star break. Still, Morneau has outstanding power and good plate discipline, so another season of 30-plus home runs seems likely. He's a blue chip fantasy first baseman and a 40-homer season wouldn't be a shock.

2007

Morneau had a breakout season as Minnesota's everyday first baseman. It was capped off by winning the AL MVP. He had been one of the top hitting prospects in baseball but had a disappointing 2005 season after several freak injuries. He got off to a slow start again in 2006, but turned his season around and had the best batting average in baseball (.362) after June 8. Morneau has outstanding power and good plate discipline, so his breakout season was no fluke. He also improved against left-handed pitching, hitting 13 homers against lefties, which reduces any fears he'll lose at bats against southpaws. A 40-home run season wouldn't be a surprise.

2006

Much of the reason Minnesota failed to make the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season can be found in Morneau's struggles at the plate. Morneau was considered among the top hitting prospects in baseball before the 2005 season and thought a strong bet to become the first Twins player since 1987 to hit more than 30 home runs. Through his first six months as the full-time first baseman (July '05 to June '06) he lived up to the hype by hitting 27 home runs with 94 RBI and a .341 OBA. But he struggled by hitting just .211/.277/.397 with just 11 home runs after the All-Star break last season. Injuries were a problem as Morneau had a bizarre offseason where he fought through appendicitis, chicken pox and pneumonia. He then missed time in April after suffering a concussion while getting beaned in the head with a fastball and played most of the second half of the season with a bone spur in his left elbow. It would be easy to attribute most of his struggles to injuries, but he still hit poorly in June (.230/.318/.419) when he was his healthiest. He also struggled against left-handed pitching (.586 OPS vs. lefties) which could cause him to be platooned if he doesn't improve. Despite all the negatives, Morneau showed solid power and plate discipline before last season so he's a good bet to rebound. He'll still be the everyday starter for the Twins at first base. Write last year off to the cumulation of injuries or another year of adjusting to major league pitching and grab him this season. He'll likely go cheap in most leagues and given his upside, he could be the kind of value that propels a fantasy team into the money.

2005

Morneau will play first base every day for the Twins after the trade of Doug Mientkiewicz. The highly-touted hitting prospect didn't disappoint after taking over the starting job in August, hitting 17 home runs in the second half of the season. After struggling at the major league level in 2003, Morneau showed he's turned the corner and should take the next step to soon become one of the AL's best at first base. With solid power and plate discipline, Morneau looks like a good bet to become the first Twin since 1987 to hit more than 30 home runs and is one of this year's strongest upside plays.

2004

Morneau may be a nice steal in your draft if your league pays attention to his struggles at the major league level rather than his outstanding minor league numbers. Morneau tore the cover off the ball in the first half of the season, piling up 19 home runs before mid-June at Double-A and Triple-A. Once in the majors, he struggled with fastballs out of the strike zone and changeups behind in the count. If he can make the adjustment, he could start at DH for the Twins or even first base if Doug Mientkiewicz struggles or is traded. Morneau looked back on track hitting .400 with five homers and nine RBIs to help Team Canada qualify for the Olympics last fall. He's shown amazing power early in his career with solid plate discipline and should get an opportunity to win playing time in spring training. Don't let him slip by cheap as a result.

2003

Morneau may be the best hitting prospect in the Minnesota organization, but he's at the wrong position. Not mobile enough to play the outfield and there's already a crowded crop of developing players at 1B and DH. That means Morneau may have to wait another year to get significant playing time at the major-league level, but he still has a lot of upside thanks to strong power stroke. More than likely will spend the year at Triple-A but could get a late-season call up. He could win a starting job in 2004 and eventually become 30-plus HR hitter at the major league level.