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Adrian Morejon
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P | B/T: L/L | 5' 11" 224LBS | Age: 21

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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 2 2 4.66 9 4 0 19.1 25 1.24
2 Seasons 2 2 6.26 14 6 0 27.1 34 1.54
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 9 2-2 4.66 19.1 25 1.24
2 Seasons 14 2-2 6.26 27.1 34 1.54

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 SD NL 42 0 0 10.13 5 2 0 8.0 15 9 9 1 3 9 2.25
2020 SD NL 79 2 2 4.66 9 4 0 19.1 20 11 10 7 4 25 1.24
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

Morejon signed with the Padres for a franchise-record $11 million the day after he was declared a free agent in 2016. He made an impressive stateside debut the next year, then posted a dominant 2018 first half at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. Injuries have plagued Morejon since. He battled flexor soreness and triceps discomfort in 2018, both of which lingered into the early stages of the following season at Double-A. After a midseason callup to the bigs, Morejon threw just eight innings before he was shut down due to a shoulder impingement.

Morejon impresses with a combination of stuff and polish, neither of which has waned despite the injuries. He's strong with an athletic and repeatable delivery that gives him feel for locating a fastball that sits at 93-96 mph and scrapes higher. He complements his fastball with both a knuckle-changeup and a standard changeup, and both versions of the pitch receive at least above-average grades from evaluators. His curveball improved significantly as he learned to better repeat his arm slot, and he used it to some success during his brief time in the big leagues.

The past two seasons have raised questions about Morejon’s durability, especially because he's already physically mature. But Morejon has shown the makings of becoming at least a mid-rotation starter, and perhaps more if he can develop better control and command. At the very least, his electric stuff would surely play nicely in the bullpen. But the Padres will proceed with plans to use Morejon as a starter.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

7/21: Morejon makes MLB debut

Morejon had a long track record of success as an amateur playing for various Cuban national teams before defecting in 2015 and signing with the Padres for a franchise-record $11 million the day after he was declared a free agent. He made an impressive stateside debut the next year, then took a big step forward in 2018 with a dominant first half at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore that earned him All-Star honors in the California League. Morejon made only two starts during the second half, though, as the left-hander missed time due to flexor soreness and then triceps discomfort. 

Morejon impresses with a combination of stuff and polish, both of which he made strides with last season. He's physically strong, with an athletic and repeatable delivery that gives him feel for locating a fastball that sits at 93-96 mph and scrapes higher. He complements his fastball with both a knuckle-changeup and a standard changeup, and both versions of the pitch receive at least above-average grades from evaluators. His curveball has improved as he's learned to better repeat his arm slot and could be a legitimate out pitch for him with further refinement.

Though his delivery requires some cleaning up and he faces some concerns about his durability because he's already physically mature, Morejon has shown the makings of becoming at least a mid-rotation starter, perhaps more if he can develop better control and command.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

A known commodity in international scouting circles, Morejon pitched for Cuba's 12-and-under team, 15-and-under team and 18-and-under team, and he was the MVP of the 15-and-under World Cup in Mexico in 2014. He defected the following year and ranked No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's list of the Top 30 2016-17 international prospects before signing with the Padres for a franchise-record $11 million the day after he was declared a free agent. The precocious lefty lived up to his price tag during his 2017 stateside debut, finishing the season as a member of Class A Fort Wayne's starting rotation.

Morejon impresses with a combination of stuff and polish that belies his age. He's physically strong, with an athletic and repeatable delivery that gives him present command of a fastball that sits at 91-93 mph and has reached 96. He complements his fastball with both a knuckle-changeup and a standard changeup, both grading as above average, and evaluators expect his curveball to earn a similar grade once he can better repeat his arm slot. Morejon understands sequencing and throws strikes with his entire arsenal, and he should continue to make gains in velocity and command as he matures physically.

Morejon's delivery requires some cleaning up and he faces some concerns about his durability, but there are some evaluators who believe that the final product could be that of a frontline starter.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

MLBPipeline.com's No. 2-ranked prospect for the 2016-17 international signing period, Morejon pitched for Cuba's 12-and-under team, 15-and-under team and 18-and-under team, and he was the MVP of the 15-and-under World Cup in Mexico in 2014. He left the island during the winter of 2015 and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on July 6. The following day, the Padres signed the then-17-year-old left-hander for $11 million, blowing well past the team's allotted spending pool and incurring a luxury tax penalty in the process.

Morejon impresses with a combination of stuff and polish that belies his age. He's physically strong, with an athletic and repeatable delivery that gives him present command of a fastball that sits 91-93 mph and has reached 96. Morejon's curveball gives him a second plus pitch, and he's comfortable mixing in a knuckle-changeup as well as a standard changeup. He throws strikes with his entire arsenal, and he should continue to make gains in velocity and command as he matures physically.

Morejon's career is just beginning, but there are some evaluators who believe he could eventually be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues if he continues to develop at a normal pace. That process began in earnest in 2017, with the left-hander impressing during his professional debut at age 18 with Class A Short Season Tri-City.


2016

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curve: 60 | Change 60 | Knuckle: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50

Some evaluators believed that Morejon was the best teenage prospect on the international market for 2016-17. While in Cuba, he pitched for Cuba's 12-and-under team, 15-and-under team and 18-and-under team, and he was the MVP of the 15-and-under World Cup in Mexico in 2014. Morejon left the island during the winter of 2015 and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball on July 6. The following day, the Padres blew past its allotted international spending pool and willingly incurred a luxury tax penalty to land the 17-year-old left-hander, giving him an $11 million bonus.

Morejon has shown premier polish, poise and instincts on the mound. He's also extremely competitive and has the chance for three plus pitches, including a fastball that already has been clocked in the 90-95 mph range. Morejon has been compared to a young Jon Lester because of the way he approaches hitters and commands his pitches on the mound. Some evaluators believe Morejon could eventually be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the big leagues if he continues to develop at a normal pace.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2019 154 30 3 10.0 90.5 11.6 43.3 .332 .553 .435 .394 .482 50.0 21.4 7.1 10.13 7.07
2020 322 50 6 12.0 86.7 9.1 44.0 .277 .542 .359 .345 .490 36.0 31.6 5.1 4.66 5.62
ALL 476 80 9 11.3 88.1 10 43.8 .296 .546 .385 .362 .487 41.3 28.1 5.8
MLB 43639 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/31/2020 San Diego Padres activated LHP Adrian Morejon from the 10-day injured list.
08/29/2020 San Diego Padres placed LHP Adrian Morejon on the 10-day injured list.
08/18/2020 San Diego Padres recalled LHP Adrian Morejon from Padres Alternate Training Site.
03/11/2020 San Diego Padres optioned LHP Adrian Morejon to Amarillo Sod Poodles.
11/04/2019 Adrian Morejon roster status changed by San Diego Padres.
10/09/2019 LHP Adrian Morejon assigned to Peoria Javelinas.
09/16/2019 San Diego Padres transferred LHP Adrian Morejon from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Shoulder impingement.
08/08/2019 San Diego Padres placed LHP Adrian Morejon on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 7, 2019. Shoulder impingement.
07/21/2019 San Diego Padres selected the contract of LHP Adrian Morejon from Amarillo Sod Poodles.
07/09/2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles activated LHP Adrian Morejon from the temporarily inactive list.
07/06/2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles placed LHP Adrian Morejon on the temporarily inactive list.
05/13/2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles activated LHP Adrian Morejon from the 7-day injured list.
04/23/2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles placed LHP Adrian Morejon on the 7-day injured list.
09/26/2018 Lake Elsinore Storm activated LHP Adrian Morejon from the 7-day injured list.
08/07/2018 Lake Elsinore Storm placed LHP Adrian Morejon on the 7-day disabled list.
07/29/2018 Lake Elsinore Storm activated LHP Adrian Morejon from the 7-day disabled list.
07/23/2018 Lake Elsinore Storm sent LHP Adrian Morejon on a rehab assignment to AZL Padres 1.
06/25/2018 Lake Elsinore Storm placed LHP Adrian Morejon on the 7-day disabled list.
04/01/2018 LHP Adrian Morejon assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
07/26/2017 LHP Adrian Morejon assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps from Tri-City Dust Devils.
06/12/2017 LHP Adrian Morejon assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils.
07/07/2016 San Diego Padres signed free agent LHP Adrian Morejon to a minor league contract.