Adam Morgan’s changeup sits around 83 mph with average arm-side fade. He throws it exclusively to right-handers and likes to attack with it down and away, inducing weak contact or whiffs. It was a very effective pitch for him in 2019, allowing a wOBA of .219.
Morgan throws a hard curve that gets slightly above-average break and depth. The curve is a righties-only pitch, like his changeup, but isn’t as effective as the change. Batters can’t touch it when he buries it on their back foot, but he doesn’t do so often enough.
Morgan’s fastball selection depends on the hitter. Lefties get mostly four-seamers while righties get the two-seamer. Neither pitch is particularly effective in generating whiffs, and they give up a combined .445 wOBA. Might be best for him to reduce the usage on these.
The slider is Morgan’s go-to pitch, and this thing is deadly against lefties. It’s a little slower than average, but gets great sweeping action. He pounds it low and away, letting it run off the plate and away from bats. Against lefties, he compiled a nasty 47% whiff rate in 2019 and a .150 wOBA. Nasty.
The lefty specialist’s preferred breaking ball, which, as you might guess, he features almost entirely against left-handers (345/354), the slider was an effective swing-and-miss pitch with a 42.2% whiff rate. It has well-above-average horizontal movement away from a lefty at 17 inches (six inches was league-average horizontal movement).
Morgan upped his four-seamer usage in 2018 to 21.8% (13.5% in 2017). But the batted-ball results were pretty ugly, including a .436 wOBA (.376 xwOBA), .444 batting average and an average exit velocity of 93 mph.
Thrown almost entirely to right-handers, the changeup had a 42.2% whiff rate (47.3% in 2017). Similar to 2017’s iteration, it was an effective pitch for Morgan with a 36.6% chase rate, 36.9% zone rate and 20.8% swinging-K rate.
He only threw this 13.1% of the time. Like most sinkers, it had a low 10.3% whiff rate. It held hitters to a .188 batting average and .264 wOBA. Though an xwOBA of .336 suggests there may have been some fortunate batted-ball luck here.
Morgan’s curveball, similar to 2017, was easily his least thrown pitch. It was thrown almost exclusively to right-handers (66/69). It could certainly be an anomaly given the small sample size (he only threw 69 curveballs in 2018), but it did show a stark improvement in whiff rate at 50% and 16.7% swinging-K rate (13.1% and 4.1%, respectively, in 2017). It held hitters to a .088 wOBA and .100 batting average.