When the Los Angeles Angels called up one of their top pitching prospects in reliever Mike Morin they were hoping he would help solidify the team’s struggling bullpen. So far he has done more than that what anybody had envisioned.
In the seven games that Morin has appeared in this season, he has yet to allow a run with seven strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched. This includes four games without a hit allowed and has struck out at least one batter in five of those appearances.
This is quite a steady improvement for the right-hander as he struggled in his four appearances this season at the Triple-A level with a 12.00 ERA in just 3.0 innings pitched. But prior to that Morin was an effective pitcher in 2013. He had a 1.93 ERA with 76 strikeouts and 23 saves in 70.0 innings pitched over 56 games at the Double-A and Triple-A levels combined to make him a top prospect in the Halos’ minor-league system.
With that said, his start to his Angels’ career has been more impressive than anything he has done as a professional baseball player. Morin has not only proven that he belongs in the majors but also that he can be a reliable bullpen arm. In his last appearance in Thursday’s 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, the 23-year-old was sharp as ever as he retired all three batters he faced by he forcing two ground outs and one fly out on 10 pitches with nine of them being strikes.
If Morin can continue his dominance, he can earn a permanent role on the team even when Dane De La Rosa eventually returns to the majors from his forearm injury that has sidelined him for the last two months. Overall, the young right-hander has shown that he can pitch at the major-league, and if he does indeed keep up his high level of play, the sky is the limit for him.