Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Pitcher Charlie Morton made his debut as an Astros at Spring Training Friday against the Mets. He signed a two-year deal to Houston in November and is expected to be in the starting rotation. Morton threw two scoreless innings giving up one hit, one walk and striking out one.
Ultimately the Astros would lose to the Mets 11-3, but Morton’s start was very encouraging despite only going for two innings. He hit 96 mph on the radar gun. According to Daren Willman, Director of Baseball Research and Development for Major League Baseball, Charlie Morton has only thrown 16 pitches of 96 mph or faster in his career.
Charlie has battled injuries in the past but recovered well. In 2012, he only made nine starts and posted a 4.65 ERA. The following season he made 20 starts and had an earned run average of 3.26.
Morton might be set to have the second bounce back of his career. Last season, he had just four starts with a 4.15 ERA through only 17.1 innings of work. Even just two scoreless innings in spring training can give the Astros confidence in Charlie having another rebound season.