Christopher Morel

Christopher Morel

24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Morel had a solid rookie campaign in 2022 with 16 homers and a .741 OPS in 113 games, but he spent the first month-plus of 2023 in the minors. He caught fire immediately upon being promoted by the Cubs and clubbed nine long balls with a 1.354 OPS while collecting hits in each of his first 13 contests. Morel finished the campaign with a .247/.313/.508 slash line, 26 home runs, 70 RBI and 62 runs despite playing in just 107 games. His strikeout rate improved but was still high at 31.0 percent, and his poor defense led to him seeing most of his time at designated hitter. He played six different positions, but second base was his only spot with more than five appearances besides the outfield, limiting his positional eligibility, and he remains without a clear home in the field. Morel made plenty of hard contact with a 50.0 percent hard-hit rate and 15.5 percent barrel, but the strikeouts make him a bit of a volatile fantasy option, especially since he's yet to put together a full season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#184
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2024.
Provides offense Saturday
OFChicago Cubs
May 19, 2024
Morel went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Pirates.
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Morel's line drive to center in the bottom of the ninth inning brought in Cody Bellinger with the game-winning run. It was a nice effort for Morel, who's been productive this month despite batting just .220 in May. The production has come mostly in the power department, as the 24-year-old has five home runs this month across 17 games. Morel came into May with four long balls over his first 29 contests.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
35
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .774 265 36 13 37 3 .221 .318 .456
Since 2022vs Right .769 788 103 38 113 17 .241 .308 .461
2024vs Left .878 45 6 3 8 0 .235 .378 .500
2024vs Right .677 154 16 6 25 4 .207 .292 .385
2023vs Left .893 101 18 7 17 1 .250 .317 .576
2023vs Right .798 328 44 19 53 5 .247 .312 .486
2022vs Left .627 119 12 3 12 2 .190 .297 .330
2022vs Right .782 306 43 13 35 8 .251 .313 .470
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .807 517 68 28 88 10 .248 .320 .487
Since 2022Away .735 536 71 23 62 10 .225 .301 .433
2024Home .789 94 12 4 14 2 .222 .372 .417
2024Away .659 105 10 5 19 2 .206 .257 .402
2023Home .779 205 23 13 43 3 .234 .284 .495
2023Away .859 224 39 13 27 3 .260 .339 .520
2022Home .837 218 33 11 31 5 .270 .332 .505
2022Away .638 207 22 5 16 5 .197 .283 .355
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Stat Review
How does Christopher Morel compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.60
 
BB Rate
12.1%
 
K Rate
20.1%
 
BABIP
.218
 
ISO
.195
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.312
 
SLG
.408
 
OPS
.720
 
wOBA
.314
 
Exit Velocity
90.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.8%
 
Barrels/PA
8.0%
 
Expected BA
.277
 
Expected SLG
.525
 
Sprint Speed
22.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
44.4%
 
Line Drive %
16.5%
 
Fly Ball %
39.1%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Event absence not trade related
OFChicago Cubs
January 14, 2024
Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports Morel didn't attend this weekend's Cubs Convention due to a visa issue.
ANALYSIS
GM Jed Hoyer responded to the speculation by saying, "the rumors that [Morel] is not here because of trade stuff is laughable." Morel has been the topic of trade rumors throughout the offseason, but he seems more and more likely to stick with the Cubs the closer spring training gets. The 24-year-old showcased his offensive potential with a .247/.313/.508 slash line and 26 home runs in just 107 games last season, but a 31 percent strikeout rate and poor defense leave him without a clear position.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Cubs called Morel up straight from the Double-A level in mid-May. Initially it looked like he might be an NL Rookie of the Year candidate as Morel slashed .273/.343/.503 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases in his first 47 big-league games. Now more than ever, the book is already out on a player by the time they get to the majors, but that may not have been the case with Morel given he skipped the highest level of the minors. The league eventually caught up and in the end Morel struck out in nearly one-third of his plate appearances. Rafael Ortega was non-tendered in the offseason, leaving Morel tentatively atop the depth chart in center field although he will likely jump around the field as he did last season. Morel is 2B and OF eligible in leagues with a 20-game minimum for eligibility and adds third base and shortstop in leagues with a 10-game minimum.
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In lineup as DH on Tuesday
OFChicago Cubs
May 14, 2024
Morel (toe) will start at designated hitter and bat cleanup in Tuesday's game in Atlanta.
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Exits with toe injury
OFChicago Cubs
Toe
May 13, 2024
Morel left Monday's game against Atlanta after fouling a ball off his left foot, and he's been diagnosed with a left toe injury, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Back in action Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
May 12, 2024
Morel (knee) will start at third base and bat cleanup Sunday against the Pirates.
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Exits with right knee injury
OFChicago Cubs
Knee
May 11, 2024
Morel was removed from Saturday's game versus the Pirates in the fifth inning with right knee soreness, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Goes deep, swipes bag
OFChicago Cubs
May 6, 2024
Morel went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer, a walk and a steal in Monday's loss to the Padres.
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