2013 Fantasy Baseball: Brandon Morrow Poised For Breakout Year

By Clayton Richer
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The key to a successful fantasy baseball season is identifying players on the cusp of breakout seasons who have reached a turning point in their careers and are never looking back. That player for me this baseball season is Toronto Blue Jays is hard throwing right handed pitcher Brandon Morrow.

Morrow led the Blue Jays staff last season with 10 wins even after missing 6 weeks with a nagging oblique injury. Morrow has become more of a complete pitcher utilizing all of his pitches as opposed to just relying on the blazing fastball. The Blue Jays have added a supporting staff which should produce better run support so the likes of an 18 win season for Morrow is not out of the realm of possibilities.

In his 21 starts last season Morrow posted a 2.96 earned run average limiting left handed batters to a miniscule 1.86 batting average. Morrow actually pitched better with men in scoring position than he did with the bases empty. In 2012 Morrow limited opposing hitter to a .175 batting with runners in scoring position as opposed to a .221 batting average with the bases empty. Morrow achieved career bests in era, whip H/9 allowed, and BB/9 allowed last season

Another boost for Morrow this season will be that he is following knuckle ball pitcher R.A Dickey in the rotation as Morrow is tabbed as the #2 starter in the Jays rotation. Opposing batters will have to find a way to adjust from the floating butterfly of Dickey one day to the high cheese Morrow can throw in the mid 90’s the following. It’s a recipe that bodes well to the success of Morrow.

The 28 year old is poised for a breakout campaign and as long as too many people don’t read this article you should still be able to draft Morrow in the middle cluster of the draft. My fantasy advice to you would be to grab Morrow a round or two earlier to ensure you are on the Brandon Breakout train for 2013.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports, follow and interact with him on Twitter @MLBHotCorner

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