Examining Logan Morrison’s Breakout 2017 Season
Image courtesy of Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsAccording to the Pioneer Press, Jake Odorizzi was trying to recruit Logan Morrison and Alex Cobb to the Twins. The story also said, “according to a person with direct knowledge, the Twins are showing interest in Morrison, a 30-year old first baseman coming off a 38-homer breakout season with the Rays.”
Things escalated quickly from there this afternoon as the Twins have agreed to sign
Morrison. According to multiple reports, the Twins have an agreement with Morrison. He will get $6.5 million in 2018 with the potential for the deal to be worth $16.5 million over the next two years. As a left-handed slugger, Morrison could impact Minnesota in multiple ways.
Morrison’s career year in 2017 led to a lot of positive numbers. He finished in the top 10 in home runs and Statcast ranked him in the top-30 for barrels per plate appearance. Morrison has a career .330 on-base percentage and he raised his walk rate to 13.5 percent last year. Left-handed pitchers held Morrison to hitting .233/.342/.419 with six home runs. Obviously, righties are where he did the bulk of his damage with a .905 OPS and 49 extra-base hits including 32 home runs.
Changes in swing mechanics were also at the heart of Morrison's 2017 breakout.
Adding Morrison will impact the line-up in multiple ways. As spring training started, players like Kennys Vargas and Robbie Grossman were vying to serve in a designated hitter role. Morrison will fit in nicely against right-handed pitchers but that will leave Vargas and/or Grossman on the outside looking in. Those aren't the only two players impacted by this deal.
No one knows how much Miguel Sano is going to be able to play in the field after he returns from his shin injury. The club has also been worried about his fitness as spring training begins. Joe Mauer also needs some at-bats at designated hitter throughout the season. So where does Morrison fit into the line-up?
A potential Twins line-up including Morrison and a healthy Sano could look like this:
1. Brian Dozier- 2B
2. Joe Mauer- 1B
3. Miguel Sano- 3B
4. Logan Morrison- DH
5. Byron Buxton- CF
6. Eddie Rosario- LF
7. Max Kepler- RF
8. Jorge Polanco- SS
9. Jason Castro- C
On paper, that seems like a line-up that could cause some damage in the American League. It seems like the right mixture of veterans and young core players.
Last season, Houston used a combination of young players from their organization and added in some veteran pieces. Everything clicked with their mixture of players and the club fought their way to the first title in franchise history. It takes the right combination of veterans and young players but Morrison adds another veteran voice in the clubhouse to go along with Mauer and Dozier.
Minnesota has money to spend after losing out in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes. It now seems like Morrison will be getting some of those funds. He seems like a good fit for the Twins but what do you think? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.
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