Adrian Morejon

Adrian Morejon

23-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Morejon returned last June from his 2021 Tommy John surgery. The southpaw made just three appearances as a multi-inning reliever before experiencing shoulder inflammation that held him out for a little less than a month. Morejon went on to complete a career-high 34 innings across 26 appearances with a 4.24 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.18 WHIP and 28:9 K:BB. He throws mostly fastballs (69% usage) with the occasional slider (13%), curve (13%) and changeup (4%), so it appears the soon-to-be 24-year-old still has some work to do on his secondary offerings. Morejon's role for 2023 has yet to be announced, but he figures to split time between the starting rotation and bullpen in order to manage his workload. He's flashed skills that suggest a breakout could eventually come, but there's still room to grow and health has not yet been on his side. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed an $11 million contract with the Padres in July of 2016.
Blown up by Dodgers
PSan Diego Padres
September 5, 2022
Morejon didn't record an out in an appearance against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing four runs on three hits and one walk.
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The Padres put themselves back into the game with a three-run top of the seventh inning that closed their deficit to one run, but Morejon couldn't contain Los Angeles in the bottom of the frame. The southpaw allowed all four batters he faced to reach base, and Trayce Thompson ended his outing by slamming a three-run, pinch-hit homer to left field. Morejon allowed only one run over 14.2 innings in August, but a pair of four-run blowouts in 19 appearances this season has his ERA at 4.50.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Adrian Morejon generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .237 79 20 3 18 3 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .257 150 32 12 35 3 0 9
2022vs Left .227 46 11 2 10 1 0 0
2022vs Right .244 95 17 7 21 3 0 4
2021vs Left .000 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right .313 17 3 1 5 0 0 2
2020vs Left .267 30 9 0 8 2 0 3
2020vs Right .265 38 12 4 9 0 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 5.12 1.26 31.2 5 2 0 8.0 2.6 2.8
Since 2020Away 3.42 1.18 23.2 2 1 0 9.1 2.3 0.8
2022Home 3.71 1.06 17.0 4 0 0 5.8 2.6 1.1
2022Away 4.76 1.29 17.0 1 1 0 9.0 2.1 1.1
2021Home 4.50 1.50 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 2.3 4.5
2021Away 0.00 1.50 .666666 0 0 0 13.5 13.5 0.0
2020Home 7.59 1.50 10.2 1 2 0 12.7 2.5 5.1
2020Away 0.00 0.83 6.0 1 0 0 9.0 1.5 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Adrian Morejon compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.11
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
96.9 mph
 
ERA
4.24
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.285
 
GB/FB
0.77
 
Left On Base
64.0%
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
2481 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.6%
 
Swinging Strike
12.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Morejon has spent just over 27 innings at the big-league level over the past two seasons, with all the lumps one would expect from a 21-year-old pitcher in the big leagues. The 28.1 K% and low 5.8 BB% are fun to project, but eight homers allowed in 27.1 innings speak to the room for growth in the talented young arm. He has had injury issues throughout the minors and has yet to work more than 65 innings in any one season, but he works in the upper 90s with his fastball and has a unique knuckle-changeup to go along with his slider. Morejon's fastball has been quite hittable at the big-league level because he has thrown it quite often, using his other pitches mostly when up in the count. The difference between an average and great pitcher is when they have the command and confidence to throw their non-fastballs when behind in the count. Morejon is far from that point.
Morejon didn't look good in his first eight innings of big-league action, allowing nine runs, but the fact that he was pitching in the majors at all at age 20 is an indication of his talent. That talent saw him strike out 28.6% of opposing batters for Double-A Amarillo prior to his promotion while being over four years younger than the average player at that level. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury cut Morejon's season short in early August, the latest in a long string of injuries for the young lefty, who hasn't thrown more than 65.1 innings in a season as a pro. While he projects to have the control and diverse arsenal required to start, his smaller 5-foot-11 frame and significant durability issues portend a relief role long term. If the Padres opt to send him back out as a starter, he'll get his first taste of Triple-A to open the season, and he should play a role in San Diego at some point if healthy.
If Morejon never got hurt in 2018, he may have entered 2019 as a top-five pitching prospect in baseball. He was cruising at High-A when hip flexor soreness cost him five weeks in the middle of the summer. The 6-foot southpaw returned in late July but was then shut down in early August with triceps discomfort. When healthy, Morejon looked the part of a future No. 2 starter. He was the second-youngest player in the California League (turns 20 in February), and was sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball while sporting secondaries (changeup and curveball) with plus potential. Refinement is needed with his command and offspeed pitches, but those are lesser concerns, given his age. The bigger concern is whether Morejon can handle a full season's workload. He does not have prototypical size and has never logged 70 innings in a season. If he tops 100 innings in his third pro campaign, he would likely spend most of 2020 in the big-league rotation.
While Morejon's pro debut should be seen as a success, he did not display the type of upside or safety that some hoped for. He signed for $11 million in July 2016, which cost the Padres $22 million after the overage tax. They did not get a budding ace. At 92-94 mph, his fastball is plus for a lefty, and he supports it with a quality breaking ball and quality changeup, neither of which is a plus pitch yet. That's the repertoire of a No. 3 starter. However, the young Cuban's command/control lags well behind what is typical of a safe, mid-rotation arm. The good news is he won't turn 19 until late February, so the fact that he was able to hold his own at Low-A should be seen as an accomplishment. Things won't get any easier as he moves to the California League, where throwing more strikes will be his top priority. At 6-foot, 165 pounds, there will always be concerns about his size, and given his debatable ceiling, he is not a must-hold shallower dynasty leagues.
Morejon left Cuba in 2015 and was the top pitching prospect on the international free agent market last year. The Padres ponied up $22 million for the young left-hander, when factoring in the 100 percent tax for going over their bonus pool. At 6-foot, 165 pounds, he lacks prototypical size, but he has a sturdy frame. The pitch mix and command suggest he will be able to make it as a starter. Morejon already works with a mid-90s fastball, and reports suggest he could pair a plus breaking ball and plus changeup with his heater in time. There is a ton of risk, given his age and lack of experience, but at a certain point it is better to invest in unproven arms with No. 2 upside than in pitchers who do not have a realistic shot to make it as a mid-rotation starter. He is a year older than most players in his signing class, and considering his advanced repertoire, he could spend most of 2017 at Low-A Fort Wayne.
Morejon left Cuba at age 16 last fall to try and sign with a MLB team. The young prospect reaches the low 90s already with his fastball and has room to grow with his 5-11, 165-pound frame. Morejon has already made six appearances in Serie Nacional, the Cuban professional league, where he posted a 7:13 K:BB over 24 innings while the 15-year-old was facing much older competition. He'll be a top international signing at some point this summer.
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Earns win Wednesday
PSan Diego Padres
August 18, 2022
Morejon (2-0) was credited with the win against the Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out three batters over 1.2 scoreless innings.
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Yields run in return
PSan Diego Padres
July 13, 2022
Morejon (shoulder) gave up a run on two hits and struck out one in one inning during Wednesday's 10-6 loss to the Rockies.
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Reinstated from injured list
PSan Diego Padres
July 13, 2022
Morejon (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Beginning rehab assignment
PSan Diego Padres
Shoulder
July 5, 2022
Morejon (shoulder) will join Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday to begin a rehab assignment, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Resumes playing catch
PSan Diego Padres
Shoulder
July 3, 2022
Morejon (shoulder) started playing catch again Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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