Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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Throughout his six-year MLB career, Brandon Morrow has tantalized us with his potential. He was capable of elite strikeout rates, but his spotty control and penchant for the long ball held him back. Last year Morrow turned in his best single-season pitching performance to date, and it’s a shame that he got hurt after just 21 starts and 124.2 innings. He was on pace for a 196-inning, 15-win season for the Blue Jays.Not surprisingly, improved control and an increased ground ball rate (leading to fewer homers) were the primary factors fueling his breakout, but like most pitchers who experience drops in walk and fly ball rates, Morrow’s strikeout rate fell as well. PitchFX data provided by BrooksBaseball.net indicates a change in approach in 2012 led to Morrow’s new outcomes.Morrow’s pitch selection, 2011 vs. 2012In 2011, Morrow threw his four-seam fastball 58% of the time, his slider 24%, his change-up 4% and any other pitch 14%. His average four-seamer clocked in at 94.6 mph. In 2012,...
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