Easily one of the fastest risers in the Angels farm system, Mike Morin has propelled himself to being a top prospect within the organization and could continue his meteoric rise by becoming a contributor at the big league level before the year is out.
Position: RHP Highest Level: Double-A
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'4" Weight: 218
Age: 22 Born: 5/3/1991
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
Advanced-A: 39.0 IP, 3-1, 13 SV, 1.85 ERA, 30 H, 5 BB, 2 HR, 43 SO, 2.12 FIP, .298 BABIP, 37.5 GB%
Double-A: 31.0 IP, 0-2, 10 SV, 2.03 ERA, 26 H, 5 BB, 2 HR, 33 SO, 2.59 FIP, .296 BABIP, 48.2 GB%
AFL: 13.1 IP, 0-1, 1 SV, 2.03 ERA, 7 H, 4 BB, 1 HR, 12 SO, 3.28 FIP, .171 BABIP
Fastball = C+
Morin isn’t going to “wow” anyone with his fastball, but it serves the purpose it’s intended, which is really just a setup pitch. Morin’s fastball sits between 91-93, which is just a tick above average in terms of major league RHP fastballs go, and probably right at average as far as relievers go. It’s actually quite refreshing to see an Angels RP prospect like this. For so long, this organization has been consumed by the big fastball and slider combo that you see from so many relievers (Jepsen, Walden, Kohn, Alvarez, Bedrosian) that a BB/9 north of four has just become an acceptable byproduct. Morin bucks this trend. This isn’t to say that Mike is a soft-tosser, far from it. We’re simply pointing out that there’s more substance to his success than a mid-high 90’s fastball.
Offspeed Pitches = A
Morin features without a doubt, the best changeup in the Angels system and possibly the best changeup in minor league baseball. This is an “A+” pitch. It ranks right up there with Fernando Rodney and Ryan Madson’s changeups, which in 2014 may not mean much but rewind a couple of years and you’d see these pitches were absolutely devastating. Morin’s arm angle, arm speed and release do not change in the least, but the pitch takes more than 10 mph off and seems to drop and tail from the batter’s eyes to his knees and from one side of the plate to the other. It’s really a video game pitch. Mike also features a “get me over” curve that he can throw for strikes and keep hitters off balance and from keying on his fastball or change.
Control = A
Morin has no trouble whatsoever throwing strikes. A sub-2 BB/9 and sub-1 WHIP for the year. Just outstanding.
Command = A
This is really what makes Morin so lethal. Like many great relievers, he’s a two-pitch pitcher for the most part. The difference is, Morin can put any of his pitches anywhere he wants it, in any count. Hitters can’t read him as a pitcher. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fastball or off-speed pitch count, he’ll throw anything and he’ll throw it where batters can’t punish him for it, even if they do make contact.
Mechanics = A
I LOVE Mike Morin’s mechanics. He’s the very definition of grace in pitching from the stretch. He comes with high leg kick which helps him generates the necessary momentum, but it’s a very slow and deliberate movement. It makes his low-90’s fastball absolutely explode out of his hand and truly jump on batters before they can make the necessary adjustments. There’s no unnecessary jerking motions, his high three-quarters release shows no indication of future arm issues, he finishes his delivery in a smooth manner, no sudden stops which could lead to muscle pulls.