LoMo In Slow Mo
At 22, Miami Marlins Logan Morrison made his debut. In about a half season’s worth of plate appearances, his wRC+ of 129 pointed to a star in the making. At 23, Morrison traded batting average for power and posted a wRC+ of 116 in his first full season of work.
Instead of a sophomore slump, Morrison’s third year saw him regress in all areas, while working his way into the organizational doghouse. His 2012 ended with a knee injury Morrison attempted to play through. Injuries plus young players often equals opportunity to scoop a player on the cheap. LoMo is no exception.
With about 20 games under his belt in 2013, Morrison appears healthy for the first time since 2011. Now 25, a .318/.400/.621 start was enough for me to bite and secure his services in the Ottoneu Experts League. After trading Anthony Rizzo for Starling Marte, I was in need of a young first baseman with Lance Berkman banged up and Corey Hart out for the rest of the year. Cue Morrison.
The first time I scouted Morrison was in 2009 as a member of the Jacksonville Suns. And while Giancarlo Stanton was the top draw, Morrison struck me as a future .285/.350/.450 performer with gap power. Now 1200+ plate appearances into his career, Morrison has the reputation of an oft injured underachiever on his way out of Miami. All the while, his .285 BABIP and wRC+ of 115 has me thinking he’s only going to become more valuable.
Earlier, I mentioned dealing 23-year old Anthony Rizzo. If you compare his age 22 and 23 seasons to Morrison, the Marlins first baseman was better. This isn’t to say injuries and missed time haven’t negatively affected Morrison’s ceiling, just that he was once a source of significant helium similar to Rizzo now.
I had an $11 Anthony Rizzo, swapped him for a $3 Starling Marte and signed Logan Morrison for $4 as a replacement. Utilizing a splits strategy, he’s a career 800+ OPS player against RHP, the side where he’s accumulated over 70% of career plate appearances. With a 1B, UT and five OF slots in Ottoneu, he’ll play.
In dynasty leagues, Morrison will eventually be dealt as all Marlins are. In a better organization, he profiles as a two or five hole hitter with the ability to accumulate counting stats. In OBP leagues, Morrison should be even better. Try to acquire this post hype sleeper before the window of opportunity closes.
30 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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