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Charlie Morton

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2014 Stats

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Morton put together a surprisingly consistent 2013 after making his season debut in June. The sinker-balling righty returned from Tommy John Surgery armed with a 92.8 mph average fastball that induced...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 235   DOB: 10/12/1983   BORN: Flemington, NJ   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Charlie Morton Contract Information:

Agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Pirates in December of 2013.

April 13, 2014  –  Charlie Morton News

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Morton was dealt his first loss of the season Sunday, allowing six hits, four runs (two earned) and three walks with three strikeouts over seven innings.

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Charlie Morton Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 20 A Rom 27 18 0 117.7 140 63 7 102 68 7 9 2 4.82 1.77
2005 21 A Rom 26 22 0 124.2 124 72 7 86 62 5 9 1 5.20 1.50
2006 22 A A 30 14 0 100.0 116 60 14 75 54 6 7 2 5.40 1.70
2007 23 AA MIS 41 6 0 79.7 80 38 3 67 37 4 6 0 4.29 1.47
2008 24 AAA RIC 13 12 0 79.0 51 18 0 72 27 5 2 0 2.05 0.99
2008 24 MAJ ATL 16 15 0 74.7 80 51 9 48 41 4 8 0 6.15 1.62
2009 25 AAA GWI 10 10 1 64.7 52 18 3 55 16 7 2 0 2.51 1.05
2009 25 AAA IND 1 1 0 7.0 4 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.71
2009 25 MAJ PIT 18 18 1 97.0 102 49 7 62 40 5 9 0 4.55 1.46
2010 26 AAA Ind 14 14 0 80.0 83 34 6 53 30 4 4 0 0 0 3.83 1.41
2010 26 MAJ PIT 17 17 0 79.7 112 67 15 59 26 2 12 0 0 0 7.57 1.73
2011 27 MAJ PIT 29 29 1 171.7 186 73 6 110 77 10 10 0 0 0 3.83 1.53
2012 28 AAA Ind 1 1 0 7.2 6 1 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.17 0.97
2012 28 MAJ PIT 9 9 0 50.3 62 26 5 25 11 2 6 0 0 0 4.65 1.45
2013 29 A+ Bra 4 1 0 3.0 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00 1.00
2013 29 AA Alt 4 4 0 18.2 10 5 2 11 6 1 1 0 0 0 2.41 0.88
2013 29 AAA Ind 4 4 0 19.0 16 8 1 12 10 0 1 0 0 0 3.79 1.37
2013 29 MAJ PIT 20 20 0 116.0 113 42 6 85 36 7 4 0 0 0 3.26 1.28
2014 30 MAJ PIT 3 3 0 19.0 18 7 2 14 5 0 1 0 0 0 3.32 1.21
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Charlie Morton
3-Year Averages MAJ   19 19 0 112.7 120 47 5 73 41 6 6 0 0 0 3.75 1.43
Career  (View All) MAJ   112 111 2 608.3 673 315 50 403 236 30 50 0 4.66 1.49

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Charlie Morton Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 13 @Mil 7.0 6 4 2 0 3 3 1 1 0 L 0 0 0 3.32 1.21
Apr. 8 @ChC 6.0 8 5 5 2 1 5 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.75 1.17
Apr. 2 ChC 6.0 4 0 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.83
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 6.5 IP/G
13.0 14 9 7 2 4 8 1 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 4.85 1.38
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.3 IP/G
19.0 18 9 7 2 5 14 2 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 3.32 1.21
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.3 IP/G
19.0 18 9 7 2 5 14 2 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 3.32 1.21

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Charlie Morton Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20132293925581103.314
201211412631620.301
201133844491021545.364

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013264461155703.222
201210913531615.310
20114316628841711.220

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201353.7220411422.851.17
201235.024014833.601.31
201176.3350533023.771.45

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201362.3520442243.611.38
201215.302011327.041.76
201195.3750574743.871.59
Charlie Morton Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 20 A Rom 27 18 117.7 7.80 5.20 1.50 0.54 72.1% 4.82 3.97 .367
2005 21 A Rom 26 22 124.2 6.23 4.49 1.39 0.51 63.7% 5.20 4.05 .307
2006 22 A A 30 14 100.0 6.75 4.86 1.39 1.26 70.5% 5.40 5.26 .330
2007 23 AA MIS 41 6 79.7 7.57 4.18 1.81 0.34 69.3% 4.29 3.63 .328
2008 24 AAA RIC 13 12 79.0 8.20 3.08 2.67 0.00 76.9% 2.05 2.48 .253
2008 24 MAJ ATL 16 15 74.7 5.79 4.94 1.17 1.08 1.65 62.5% 90.7 MPH 6.15 5.18 .304
2009 25 AAA GWI 10 10 64.7 7.65 2.23 3.44 0.42 76.9% 2.51 2.94 .278
2009 25 AAA IND 1 1 7.0 9.00 1.29 7.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.06 .239
2009 25 MAJ PIT 18 18 97.0 5.75 3.71 1.55 0.65 1.51 68.9% 91.3 MPH 4.55 4.14 .310
2010 26 AAA Ind 14 14 80.0 5.96 3.38 1.77 0.68 73.8% 3.83 4.20 .308
2010 26 MAJ PIT 17 17 79.7 6.67 2.94 2.27 1.69 1.71 57.7% 92.9 MPH 7.57 5.41 .369
2011 27 MAJ PIT 29 29 171.7 5.77 4.04 1.43 0.31 3.17 73.9% 91.4 MPH 3.83 3.95 .325
2012 28 AAA Ind 1 1 7.2 10.00 1.25 8.00 0.00 85.7% 1.17 1.39 .328
2012 28 MAJ PIT 9 9 50.3 4.47 1.97 2.27 0.89 2.20 69.1% 89.9 MPH 4.65 4.27 .328
2013 29 A+ Bra 4 1 3.0 6.00 0.00 0.00 3.00 50% 6.00 7.20 .236
2013 29 AA Alt 4 4 18.2 5.44 2.97 1.83 0.99 78.6% 2.41 4.41 .166
2013 29 AAA Ind 4 4 19.0 5.68 4.74 1.20 0.47 72% 3.79 4.36 .265
2013 29 MAJ PIT 20 20 116.0 6.59 2.79 2.36 0.47 3.69 74.8% 92.8 MPH 3.26 3.75 .306
2014 30 MAJ PIT 3 3 19.0 6.63 2.37 2.80 0.95 2.33 76.2% 91.3 MPH 3.32 4.20 .288
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Charlie Morton
3-Year Averages MAJ   19 19 112.7 5.83 3.28 1.78 0.40 73.1% 3.75 3.57 .320
Career MAJ   112 111 608.3 5.96 3.49 1.71 0.74 69.2% 4.66 4.15 .322

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2014 Stat Review for Charlie Morton    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.80 K/BB
AVERAGE
6.63 K/9
WEAK
2.37 BB/9
GOOD
91.3 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
1.0 HR/9
WEAK
2.33 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.32 ERA
GOOD
1.21 WHIP
GOOD
4.20 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.288 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
76.2% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Charlie Morton (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Todd Frazier CIN 9 5 1 3 1 0 0 .556 1.333 1.933
Angel Pagan SF 12 9 0 2 0 1 0 .750 1.167 1.917
Brian Bogusevic MIA 10 6 1 2 1 2 0 .600 1.000 1.636
Chase Utley PHI 10 5 1 4 1 2 1 .500 1.000 1.545
Jimmy Rollins PHI 11 7 0 1 1 0 0 .636 .818 1.485
Ryan Braun MIL 15 7 1 5 3 2 0 .467 .800 1.356
Shane Victorino BOS 13 6 1 2 0 1 1 .462 .846 1.346
Mike Jacobs AZ 9 3 2 4 0 3 0 .333 1.000 1.333
Logan Morrison SEA 8 4 0 1 0 2 0 .500 .750 1.306
Jay Bruce CIN 21 7 2 5 2 4 0 .333 .857 1.274

Best Matchups for Charlie Morton (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Troy Tulowitzki COL 10 1 0 0 1 2 0 .100 .100 .282
Hanley Ramirez LA 13 1 0 1 2 2 0 .077 .077 .277
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 11 1 0 3 0 2 0 .091 .091 .258
Jonathan Lucroy MIL 12 1 0 0 1 3 1 .083 .083 .237
Scooter Gennett MIL 9 1 0 0 0 2 0 .111 .111 .222
Zack Cozart CIN 13 1 0 0 1 3 0 .077 .077 .220
Rickie Weeks MIL 14 1 0 2 0 2 0 .071 .071 .196
Kyle Lohse MIL 7 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .125
Bronson Arroyo AZ 7 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Will Venable SD 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Charlie Morton: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Morton gave up five earned runs Tuesday on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings against the Cubs.

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Morton could start Sunday against St. Louis if Edinson Volquez, who threw two relief innings Thursday, is unable to go, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Morton induced five ground balls in three scoreless innings against Detroit on Tuesday, unveiling a new offspeed pitch in addition to a biting, sinking fastball, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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Morton threw two scoreless innings Thursday against the Yankees, walking one while striking out one batter.

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Morton agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Pirates on Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Morton gave up three runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings Saturday against the Reds.

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Morton pitched well in a no-decision Monday night, shutting out the Cubs over seven innings of work.

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Morton was brilliant Wednesday as he gave up just one earned run on two hits over eight innings.

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Manager Clint Hurdle confirmed that Morton (foot) would start Friday against the Cubs, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Morton isn't expected back until June or July after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late May. Before getting hurt, he registered a 4.65 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 50.1 innings. When he's on top of his games, the right-hander utilizes a sinking fastball that seemingly coaxes groundballs at will. His 2.20 GB/FB ratio followed up a 3.17 mark in 2011. Left-handed hitters have historically fared well against Morton. They hold an .806 career OPS against him and are typically stacked in lineups when he starts. He engineered his best season with Pittsburgh in 2011, when he put up a 3.86 ERA while striking out a career-high 110. Even then, his WHIP was an ungainly 1.53, thanks to 77 walks. When he comes back, he'll likely slot in as a back-end rotation man, but his lack of strikeouts and risk of injury push him down low on fantasy totem pole.

2012

The 2011 Charlie Morton version didn't pitch like Roy Halladay, but he was a heck of a lot better than the 2010 version (or 2009, for that matter). The righty put up some atrocious numbers numbers in 2010 (7.57 ERA in 79.2 IP), but general manager Neal Huntington showed faith in him and was rewarded. The righty with a repertoire of sinking pitches surprised many with a 3.21 ERA through his first 13 starts. By the time fantasy owners bought into Morton, however, he cooled off with a 4.41 ERA the rest of the way. Morton underwent hip surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and might not be back until May. He doesn't strike out many hitters or make many lefties miss (left-handers hit .364 against him). Draft him as a spot starter and use him against right-handed dominated lineups only.

2011

Pirates GM Neal Huntington and others in management have shown an almost cult-like fostering toward Morton. The team coddled Morton, using Chris Snyder almost exclusively as his catcher over Ryan Doumit -- if only the rest of the staff had been so lucky. Morton earned his 2-12 record, compiling a historically bad 7.57 ERA and 1.732 WHIP in 79.2 innings. Opposing batters hit him at a .332 clip, numbers typically reserved for former Bucco Zach Duke. Regardless, he's still a factor in the Pittsburgh organization. He carries a low-90s fastball and a deuce that breaks off a cliff. The 27-year-old righty needs to trust his fastball, teams sat on his offspeed stuff all too frequently. After splitting time between Triple-A Indianapolis and Pittsburgh last year, Morton enters the 2011 campaign as a long shot to win a rotation spot. With his talent, however, it would be foolish to write him off altogether, as Huntington certainly hasn't.

2010

With 33 combined starts between Atlanta and Pittsburgh, Morton made it through his first full major league season intact in 2009, but it wasn't easy. Inconsistency plagued the right-hander with intriguing stuff. On Aug. 14, Morton surrendered 10 earned runs in just one inning against the Cubs. He returned to Wrigley in late September to throw the first and only shutout of his short major league career. Morton will compete for the No. 4 or 5 spot in the rotation in 2010. At this point in his career, Morton might be used in fantasy leagues based upon matchups, but every-start usage is not recommended.

2009

Morton struggled in his first season in the majors with poor control (41:48 K:BB ratio), but saw improvements in his strikeout rate and control at Triple-A (72:27 K:BB ratio). He threw just 5.2 innings in September due to a back injury, but should be fine for spring training. Despite the improvement at Triple-A, Morton's prior minor league strikeout and control numbers didn't indicate he'd have much success in the majors. He could win a spot in the rotation in spring training, and could surprise if his improvement at Triple-A continues.

2008

Morton enters 2008 with an outside shot at a big league job after Braves management were impressed with his play in the Arizona Fall League, where he went 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 20:8 K:BB ratio in 21 innings. His minor league strikeout and control numbers wouldn't seem to indicate he's ready for a promotion all the way from Double-A. However, a rotation spot at Triple-A and a shot at a late-season call up may be in the offing.