The Seattle Mariners brought in OF Michael Morse from the Washington Nationals to be their power hitter, and this spring he did not disappoint. Morse led the majors with nine long balls in spring ball and he was hitting everything that crossed the plate.
Morse climbed up fantasy baseball draft boards due to his hot spring, and the outfielder has continued his power surge right into the regular season.
Morse hit two long home runs in the second game of the team’s series against the Oakland Athletics. They were both moonshots and the veteran finished the game 2-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Most people thought it would be the end of his sudden offensive explosion, however, the veteran slugger was not done. He somehow hit a home run in the two games that followed his two-homer outburst, which has brought his total to four homers on the season.
The left fiedler has always been a monster at the plate, as he looks like he would be better suited cutting down trees in the woods, but injuries have always limited his fantasy potential. He hit a staggering 31 homers in 146 games in 2011, but averaged just 100 games and 17 home runs in the years before and after his career season. He will always come with some injury risk, but right now he is hitting the ball too well to ignore.
Morse will be a great second or third outfielder this season and has proven that he can hit home runs if nothing else. If he can stay healthy, expect him to easily go over 30 home runs this year in Seattle.