Future Watch: Adrian Morejon Rookie Baseball Cards, Padres – Adrian Morejon was signed as an International free agent by the San Diego Padres in 2016. Since then the pitcher has been on a bit of a ride with the hopes of getting to the major leagues.
The Cuban pitcher starting his pro career with the Tri-City Dust Devils. He started seven games and pitched 35 1/3 innings, he struck out 35 and only walked three. His 3.57 ERA was a good start. He finished that season with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. In 27 innings he struck out 13 and had a 4,23 ERA. That was Class A-ball and he temporarily met his match.
In 2018 he pitched a few innings for the Arizona League Padres to get him going. He eventually graduated to the Lake Elsinore Storm in Advance A-ball. In 62 2/3 innings, he struck out 70 and walked 24. He had a 1.24 WHIP, a 4-4 record with a 3.30 ERA. He then had to recover from a hip injury. He still had a strong finish to his season, and he was well on schedule as a prospect.
Collectors can get his 2018 Bowman Draft autographed rookie card.
According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:
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. ETA 2020.
Here’s a look at him in action:
Future Watch: Adrian Morejon Rookie Baseball Cards, Padres – Stats
|2017||18||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A–A||SDP||3||4||.429||3.86||4.00||13||13||0||0||0||0||63.0||65||28||27||4||16||0||58||3||2||9||266||1.286||9.3||0.6||2.3||8.3||3.63|
|2018||19||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-Rk||SDP||4||5||.444||3.44||3.99||14||14||0||0||0||0||65.1||59||29||25||6||24||0||74||4||1||1||276||1.270||8.1||0.8||3.3||10.2||3.08|
|Minors (3 seasons)||Minors||7||10||.412||3.81||4.22||28||28||0||0||0||0||132.1||128||62||56||11||42||0||137||8||3||10||562||1.285||8.7||0.7||2.9||9.3||3.26|
|All Levels (4 Seasons)||9||11||.450||3.97||4.43||34||34||0||0||0||0||156.1||155||77||69||16||55||1||144||9||3||10||672||1.343||8.9||0.9||3.2||8.3||2.62|
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