Adrian Morejon
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Morejon didn't look good in his first eight innings of big-league action, allowing nine runs, but the fact that he was pitching in the majors at all at age 20 is an indication of his talent. That talent saw him strike out 28.6% of opposing batters for Double-A Amarillo prior to his promotion while being over four years younger than the average player at that level. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury cut Morejon's season short in early August, the latest in a long string of injuries for the young lefty, who hasn't thrown more than 65.1 innings in a season as a pro. While he projects to have the control and diverse arsenal required to start, his smaller 5-foot-11 frame and significant durability issues portend a relief role long term. If the Padres opt to send him back out as a starter, he'll get his first taste of Triple-A to open the season, and he should play a role in San Diego at some point if healthy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Padres in July of 2016 that includes an $11 million signing bonus.
Moving to minors
PSan Diego Padres  AA
March 11, 2020
Morejon was optioned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Morejon was attempting to earn a spot on the Friars' Opening Day roster, but he'll end up beginning the season in the minors. The left-hander made his major-league debut last season with five appearances, but he spent most of 2019 at Double-A Amarillo with a 4.25 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 44:15 K:BB across 36 frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
31
Last 10 Games
31
Last 5 Games
31
How many pitches does Adrian Morejon generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Adrian Morejon generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .412 17 3 0 7 4 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .364 25 6 3 8 2 0 1
2019vs Left .412 17 3 0 7 4 0 0
2019vs Right .364 25 6 3 8 2 0 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 10.80 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 10.8 16.2 0.0
Since 2017Away 9.95 2.05 6.1 0 0 0 9.9 0.0 1.4
2019Home 10.80 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 10.8 16.2 0.0
2019Away 9.95 2.05 6.1 0 0 0 9.9 0.0 1.4
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Adrian Morejon compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
3.00
 
K/9
10.1
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
96.4 mph
 
ERA
10.13
 
WHIP
2.25
 
BABIP
.508
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
54.2%
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.0%
 
Spin Rate
2410 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
50.0%
 
Swinging Strike
8.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
2016
If Morejon never got hurt in 2018, he may have entered 2019 as a top-five pitching prospect in baseball. He was cruising at High-A when hip flexor soreness cost him five weeks in the middle of the summer. The 6-foot southpaw returned in late July but was then shut down in early August with triceps discomfort. When healthy, Morejon looked the part of a future No. 2 starter. He was the second-youngest player in the California League (turns 20 in February), and was sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball while sporting secondaries (changeup and curveball) with plus potential. Refinement is needed with his command and offspeed pitches, but those are lesser concerns, given his age. The bigger concern is whether Morejon can handle a full season's workload. He does not have prototypical size and has never logged 70 innings in a season. If he tops 100 innings in his third pro campaign, he would likely spend most of 2020 in the big-league rotation.
While Morejon's pro debut should be seen as a success, he did not display the type of upside or safety that some hoped for. He signed for $11 million in July 2016, which cost the Padres $22 million after the overage tax. They did not get a budding ace. At 92-94 mph, his fastball is plus for a lefty, and he supports it with a quality breaking ball and quality changeup, neither of which is a plus pitch yet. That's the repertoire of a No. 3 starter. However, the young Cuban's command/control lags well behind what is typical of a safe, mid-rotation arm. The good news is he won't turn 19 until late February, so the fact that he was able to hold his own at Low-A should be seen as an accomplishment. Things won't get any easier as he moves to the California League, where throwing more strikes will be his top priority. At 6-foot, 165 pounds, there will always be concerns about his size, and given his debatable ceiling, he is not a must-hold shallower dynasty leagues.
Morejon left Cuba in 2015 and was the top pitching prospect on the international free agent market last year. The Padres ponied up $22 million for the young left-hander, when factoring in the 100 percent tax for going over their bonus pool. At 6-foot, 165 pounds, he lacks prototypical size, but he has a sturdy frame. The pitch mix and command suggest he will be able to make it as a starter. Morejon already works with a mid-90s fastball, and reports suggest he could pair a plus breaking ball and plus changeup with his heater in time. There is a ton of risk, given his age and lack of experience, but at a certain point it is better to invest in unproven arms with No. 2 upside than in pitchers who do not have a realistic shot to make it as a mid-rotation starter. He is a year older than most players in his signing class, and considering his advanced repertoire, he could spend most of 2017 at Low-A Fort Wayne.
Morejon left Cuba at age 16 last fall to try and sign with a MLB team. The young prospect reaches the low 90s already with his fastball and has room to grow with his 5-11, 165-pound frame. Morejon has already made six appearances in Serie Nacional, the Cuban professional league, where he posted a 7:13 K:BB over 24 innings while the 15-year-old was facing much older competition. He'll be a top international signing at some point this summer.
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Moves to 60-day injured list
PSan Diego Padres  AA
Shoulder
September 16, 2019
Morejon (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday.
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Won't return from IL in 2019
PSan Diego Padres  AA
Shoulder
September 4, 2019
Morejon (shoulder) won't pitch again for the Padres this season, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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On IL with shoulder injury
PSan Diego Padres  AA
Shoulder
August 8, 2019
Morejon was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left shoulder impingement.
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Shifts to bullpen
PSan Diego Padres  AA
August 5, 2019
Morejon worked out of the bullpen in the Padres' four-game series with the Dodgers over the weekend. He appeared only in Thursday's 8-2 loss, striking out four but giving up two runs on five hits in two innings.
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Struggles with control in start
PSan Diego Padres  AA
July 28, 2019
Morejon completed 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two against the Giants on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision.
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