Brandon Morrow: Blue Jays' Flamethrower Is Finally Capitalizing on His Potential

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 4, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 03:  Brandon Morrow #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 3, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Brandon Morrow threw a three-hitter on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, en route to a 5-0 win for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Morrow was spectacular, striking out eight and walking one. He threw just 102 pitches in his second career shutout.

His first career shutout came on August 8, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Rays. His no-hit bid was broken up with two outs in the ninth by Evan Longoria, but he finished the game with just the one hit allowed and 17 strikeouts.

In 2006, the 28-year-old was selected fifth overall by the Seattle Mariners. He was traded to Toronto in December of 2009 in a deal for Brandon League. 

By drafting him fifth overall, the Mariners clearly expected great things from Morrow.

In his three-year career with the club, they received nothing but inconsistency.

He appeared in 131 games for Seattle, most of which were out of the bullpen. He recorded 16 career saves while he started just 15 games.

His ERA was an impressive 3.96, but his 1.59 SO/BB ratio left much to be desired.

He has since become a full-time starting pitcher with Toronto and after two mediocre seasons, he seems to have put it altogether.

He has been dominant so far in 2012, compiling a 3-1 record with an ERA of 2.38. His WHIP of 0.912 is especially impressive, as he's been able to limit free passes thus far (eight through 41.2 innings).

One alarming statistic is that he's already allowed seven home runs, but most of them have been solo shots.

Now that Morrow is finally capitalizing on his potential, the Blue Jays' rotation seems to be in good shape moving forward.

With Morrow and Ricky Romero headlining a young rotation, there's much to be excited about up north in Toronto.