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Charlie Morton A Sleeper?

24 year-old Braves righty Charlie Morton seemingly came out of nowhere to post a 2.05 ERA in 79 Triple A innings this year.  That included a solid 2.67 K/BB ratio.  Morton hadn't appeared in Baseball America's top 30 Braves prospects since '05.  Can't blame them - he'd never posted an ERA below 4.29.

Reading this article from BA, Morton seems like a guy whose numbers never caught up with his plus stuff.  So far he's made two big league starts, giving up three runs in each.  Because of injuries to Tom Glavine and Mike Hampton, Morton has the Braves' fifth starter job for now.  Glavine could return around the All-Star break, while Hampton is Hampton.  He did make a rehab start recently though.

My point, I guess, is that Morton has flown under the radar for quite some time and has the repertoire to become a quality big leaguer in a hurry.  He's more of an NL-only guy for now but keep an eye on him.


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