The Pirates have extended Charlie Morton for three years. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Some #ElectricStuff From Charlie Morton to Charge Your Day (Video)

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • SportOMania

    Yea that would be electric stuff.

  • Chris Hale

    Awesome shot Tim. Charlie’s stuff does look electric. Good movement and good hard pop on the fastball. I’m hoping we see the mid 90’s fastball more this year. Keep up the good work. I envy you right now LOL

    • emjayinTN

      Chris: I disagree about seeing the mid-90’s fastball more, because that pitch almost made him a “former” professional baseball pitcher a few years ago. When his pitch rises above 93 it starts to straighten out, and any major league hitter can hit a straight fastball. When he stays 91/92 his two-seamer has awesome movement and stays down – easier to control and better for GB’s. Before making the transition to the two seam fastball and giving up a few mph, he was BP at 94-96 with the 4 seamer.

      Tim: Now that all the returns are in and AJ will not be returning, the extension for Charlie Morton was smart baseball, and 3 seasons at $4, $8, and $8 are looking like chump change. I hope he proves me and any other doubters wrong, but to do so, IMO, he must be able to carry an average of at least 30 Starts and 175 innings/year over that 3 years. I would love to see him become the leader of this Rotation – not necessarily the #1 or #2 SP, but the leader. His 7-4, 3.26 in 20 Starts was a good first step and now the most important thing he can do for his own confidence level will be to follow a successful year with another successful year. I hope he gets there.

  • deacs

    Tim – as always love the work. But seriously, what’s with the advertisements?

    Also is there anything Chuck can do to be more successful against lefties?

    • Ian Rothermund

      You saw it in that video; nail that inside corner with the sinker and not let it fade over the plate. I’d like to see him refine the cut/slider he’ll try every now and again too. I think he has a passable change, but I don’t think it will ever be special enough to lean on. It’ll be about the control for him in the end against lefties.

    • Tim Williams

      “But seriously, what’s with the advertisements?”

      Simple. Allows me to provide daily articles and videos for free.

    • piratemike

      The only ads I see have a lot of cleavage in them ,the rest I ignore.

      • Tim Williams

        One thing to keep in mind when discussing what types of ads you see: Google usually bases their ads on your browsing history.

        • piratemike

          Ha, they would be bored with my browsing.
          I read four baseball sites everyday starting with P2 and occasionally look up an old movie or actor.

  • jaygray007

    Granted, you can only see so much since Sanchez’s body was in the way, but it seemed like Morton was hitting his spots better than pitchers in other videos.

    Let’s hope Morton can unleash his new elbow ligament and we can AT LAST see a Morton that is both post-Halladay adjustment AND healthy for 200 innings.

  • The Masked robshelb


    Mr. Charlie in this video was certainly hitting his spots. Watch Sanchez’ glove, it barely moves.

    Kewl !!!

    This session, Tony could have held an empty soup can out there and Charlie probably would’a put the baseball right in the middle of it.

    Kind’a like that old cowboy movie. Target-shooting contest.

    Wow !!! Did you see that. Charlie’s first shot, dead-center bulls-eye. But geez, his second shot. I don’t see that one landing anywhere. Hmmm . . . I wonder where it could have gone . . .


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