At this point last season the Los Angeles Angels‘ bullpen was a mess and a key reason for much of the team’s lack of success in 2013. A year later, their bullpen has been much improved. One of the reasons for that is the play of rookie reliever Mike Morin.
The 23-year-old right hander, in his first season in the majors, has been a source of reliability since being called up by the Halos as he has a 1.33 ERA, 16 strikeouts and 0.93 WHIP in 20.1 innings pitched in 19 appearances. After being selected in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft, Morin had quickly risen through the ranks of the minor leagues as 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 in 2013. He continued his success into 2014 and as the Angels experienced injuries in the bullpen early in the season, Morin was called up in mid May and he hasn’t looked back.
It has been an impressive start to his major league career, as Morin has become the Angels’ go-to arm in the bullpen. That has been the case even with the likes of proven veterans in Joe Smith, who has had a sub 3.00 ERA in each of the last three years, and Fernando Salas, who played a major part on the St. Louis Cardinals‘ 2011 World Series team. The young right hander, at times, has looked like a veteran on the mound as he has come right in and shown that he is ready to be an effective reliever in the majors.
Yes, it may be too early to proclaim that, but Morin has given all the reason to believe that with how he has played as he has made the transition to the majors so well. What he has accomplished so far is not an easy feat by no stretch of the imagination as he spent just over a season in the minors, where he excelled far beyond expectations, and is now playing with the Angels. He has been arguably the Angels’ best reliever since being called up last month.
All in all, what Morin has done up to this point in his Angels career has been remarkable and if he can keep up his high level of play, the sky is the limit for him.