Charlie Morton

Charlie Morton

38-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
Day-To-Day
Injury Lower Leg
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Rays declined Morton's $15 million option for 2021, but the Braves were happy to meet that price for the right-hander's services. Morton's peripherals indicate that he still has life in his arm even though he finished 4.74 ERA across 38 innings in 2020. Notably, he surrendered fewer than 1.0 HR/9 for the 10th consecutive season and maintained an 18.8 K-BB%. A dip in velocity plagued Morton early in the season and skewed his average to 93.8 mph, his lowest mark since 2015. However, after Morton returned from a shoulder injury that cost him nearly a month of the regular season, he rebounded to post average velocities of 94.7, 95, 94.9 and 94.4 mph in four playoff contests. Entering his age-37 season, there is clear risk in drafting Morton due to his recent injury history and age. Morton's underlying skills suggest he has the talent to continue to produce at a high level, albeit not at an ace level. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#96
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$Signed a one-year, $20 million contract extension with the Braves in September of 2021. Contract includes $20 million team option for 2023.
Takes step forward in rehab
PAtlanta Braves
Lower Leg
November 22, 2021
Morton (lower leg) said Thursday that he's no longer donning a cast on his surgically repaired right fibula and is now sporting a walking boot, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Morton, who underwent surgery Oct. 28 after breaking his leg in Game 1 of Atlanta's World Series matchup with Houston, said that he'll be limited to non-weight-bearing exercises for the next four weeks before doctors determine the next step in his rehab program. At this stage, Morton still appears on track to be ready to go for the start of the 2022 season, though he may face some restrictions early on during spring training. The 38-year-old was rewarded with a one-year, $20 million extension in September after he submitted a 3.34, 1.04 WHIP and 216:58 K:BB across 185.2 innings over his 33 regular-season starts.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
89
Last 10 Games
81
Last 5 Games
67
How many pitches does Charlie Morton generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .209 835 273 63 155 28 7 21
Since 2019vs Right .223 881 225 62 178 31 3 14
2021vs Left .183 358 116 27 57 8 3 7
2021vs Right .221 398 100 31 79 9 0 9
2020vs Left .242 72 21 7 15 2 1 3
2020vs Right .304 98 21 3 28 7 0 1
2019vs Left .227 405 136 29 83 18 3 11
2019vs Right .202 385 104 28 71 15 3 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-49%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.31 1.04 217.2 15 7 0 11.3 2.2 0.9
Since 2019Away 3.31 1.14 195.2 17 7 0 9.9 3.2 0.6
2021Home 3.61 1.06 97.1 6 3 0 10.8 2.2 1.1
2021Away 3.06 1.03 88.1 8 3 0 10.1 3.5 0.4
2020Home 6.19 1.50 16.0 1 1 0 7.9 1.7 1.7
2020Away 3.18 1.24 17.0 1 1 0 10.6 3.2 0.5
2019Home 2.59 0.96 104.1 8 3 0 12.3 2.3 0.6
2019Away 3.59 1.23 90.1 8 3 0 9.7 3.0 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Charlie Morton compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.72
 
K/9
10.5
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
3.34
 
WHIP
1.04
 
BABIP
.281
 
GB/FB
1.91
 
Left On Base
68.2%
 
Exit Velocity
81.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.8%
 
Spin Rate
2527 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.8%
 
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Since 2017, Morton has outpitched his peripherals, and he was doing so again to begin his first year with the Rays. However, he fought off regression by ratcheting up his skills. On May 19, Morton's ERA was 2.65 compared to a 3.74 xFIP and 4.07 SIERA. The rest of the way, his ERA rose to 3.21, but his xFIP was 3.11 with a 3.36 SIERA. There was some ERA regression, but a 1% increase in K% coupled with a 5.4% drop in BB% softened the blow. Integral to his success was allowing a scant 15 homers in 194.2 innings. Morton's bread and butter is one of the highest spinning curves in the league, helping to compensate for a fastball losing a tick or two. Skills-wise, there's no concern. However, Morton will be 36 years old, with a checkered injury history, coming off a campaign where he set personal bests in innings and starts. Ace level pitching is rare, so Morton will cost. That said, caveat emptor.
The Houston rebuild of Charlie Morton is complete. Two seasons, 29 wins, a 3.50 ERA and a dramatic increase in strikeout rate. "Ground Chuck" did not generate as many groundballs as he did with Pittsburgh, but he still gets his fair share of them when he is not missing bats. The 167 innings of work in 2018 represented his highest single-season total since 2011 and it marked the first time he hit the 30-start plateau in his career. His fastball and curve were both well above average pitches in 2018, but it is his curveball that has consistently graded out well throughout his career. Pitching in Minute Maid did not impact his home park splits, so keep that in mind as Morton heads to Tampa Bay on a two-year deal. When Morton has been on the mound the past two seasons, the results have been solid more often than not. He has the skills of a front-half starter, but lacks the durability of one.
Talk about a career rejuvenation. Morton was labeled a "priority signing" by Houston last offseason after showing surprising fastball velocity gains (to go with wicked curveball spin) in a small sample with Philadelphia in 2016. As it turned out, those gains were no fluke, as Morton gave the Astros nearly 150 quality innings during the regular season and then played a crucial role in the postseason, even earning the win in Game 7 of the World Series. What was once Morton's biggest weakness -- getting lefty batters out -- turned into one of his greatest strengths, with Morton posting the second-lowest wOBA against lefties by a righty starter, per FanGraphs. He's given something back in the groundball department, but the added strikeouts (10.0 K/9) more than make up for it. It's unwise to expect him to add to his 2017 workload, but this new version of Morton can make a fantasy impact even with limited innings. Plus, the era of the workhorse starter is over anyway.
Morton made just four starts before suffering a left hamstring tear that required season-ending surgery. Before he went down, there were some positive signs in his profile that make him an interesting endgame speculation this season. He was averaging 94.3 mph with his fastball, more than two miles per hour faster than he averaged in 2015 and easily the best velocity of his career. His K/9 increased along with his velocity and his swinging strike rate was at 13 percent after averaging eight percent in his prior seasons. He was also maintaining the excellent GB/FB ratio that he had displayed throughout most of his career. Morton quickly signed with the Astros soon after free agency began and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, if not spring action. He's sure to be overlooked in most leagues, thanks to the shift to the American League and his limited amount of work last season.
Morton’s confounding career continued in 2015. After returning from hip surgery in late May, he won his first five starts, compiling a 1.62 ERA in 33.1 IP. Thereafter he got rung up for a 5.93 ERA in 95.2 IP. He continues to struggle against lefties (.301/.389/.506) and remains inconsistent from start to start. Morton, who will earn $8 million in 2016, could find himself on the trade block if GM Neal Huntington’s patience has finally worn thin. The right-hander figures to rebound a bit after tossing consecutive sub-4.00 ERAs in 2013 and 2014, but given his propensity for injury and inconsistency fantasy owners might want to consider him as little more than a late draft pickup.
Morton will likely miss time at the beginning of 2015 after undergoing hip surgery in late October. The 31-year-old, who has made more than 20 starts in only two of seven big league campaigns, registered a 3.72 ERA (3.72 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP with a 126:57 K:BB ratio in 157.1 innings. He led the NL in hit batters (19) for the second straight season. Morton signed a three-year, $21 million extension prior to 2014, a deal which kicks in starting in 2015. The Pirates will gladly welcome him into the starting rotation, but again, it likely won't be at the start of the year. Morton has won 10 games only once -- he went 6-12 for a team which won 88 games in 2014 -- but should pile up innings once he gets back from his latest injury.
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 a whopping 62.9 percent groundball rate in 116 innings. He allowed more than three earned runs in three of 20 starts en route to a 3.26 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Morton benefited from Pittsburgh's defensive shifts as much as any starting pitcher and limited lefties to a .312 BA and .692 OPS. That may not sound like much, but it's an improvement over career marks of .335 BA and .822 OPS. Morton will slot in Pittsburgh's starting rotation looking to pick up where he left off at the end of 2013 after inking a three-year, $21 million extension.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Undergoes surgery
PAtlanta Braves
Lower Leg
October 29, 2021
Morton underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair his fractured right fibula and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in February, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Sustains fractured fibula
PAtlanta Braves
Lower Leg
October 26, 2021
Morton underwent X-rays after leaving Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday and was diagnosed with a fractured right fibula.
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Leaves Game 1 with injury
PAtlanta Braves
Ankle
October 26, 2021
Morton was removed from Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday with swelling in his right ankle, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Tabbed for Game 1 start
PAtlanta Braves
October 24, 2021
Morton will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday.
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Last 3.1 frames on short rest
PAtlanta Braves
October 12, 2021
Morton pitched 3.1 innings and didn't factor in the decision during the Game 4 victory over the Brewers in the NLDS on Tuesday. He gave up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
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