Three Hot Start Pitchers That’ll Stay Hot
To be honest with you, there’s nothing spectacular about Charlie Morton. His fastball can get as high as 97 MPH, but considering that MLB is now measuring pitch speed earlier in a pitcher’s motion than ever before, that’s not particularly outstanding. It seems that every pitcher has gained between one and two MPH on their fastball this season. So why should we care about Morton?
Because his velocity hasn’t only jumped this season. There’s only so much a 33-year-old journeyman pitcher can do to increase velocity, but it seems that Morton has done whatever it takes to get his pitch speed up. In 2016, despite only throwing 17 innings, Morton’s fastball gained roughly 2 MPH from his average fastball speed in his career. This trend has continued so far in 2017 (granted, it’s still pretty early): his fastball has clocked in right around where it clocked in last year.
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