If you don’t recognize the name Brent Morel, don’t worry, because you’re not alone.
Morel is likely the starting third baseman for the Chicago White Sox this season and also a favorite of manager Ozzie Guillen. It’s the classic case of young prospect being dwarfed by his veteran proven slugger teammates.
Still, there is some big upside for what Morel can provide in Chicago this season. So let’s take a look at what Brent Morel is about and what he can do on the baseball field in 2011.
Brent Morel – 3B -- Chicago White Sox
Height: 6’1” Weight: 220 – Hits: Right Throws: Right
2010 Stats – (AA & AAA) - .322/.359/.480, 10 HR, 64 RBI, 65 runs, 8 steals
Majors (65 AB’s) - .231/.271/.415, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 runs, 2 steals
Scouting Report – Morel is a hard-working, nose to the grindstone type kid who isn’t flashy but has made steady progress at each minor league level.
He was originally drafted as a third baseman but was moved to shortstop in order to make room for Cuban defector Dayan Viciedo. He was moved back to third last season and played the final two weeks of the season there for the big league club.
The position changes never affected Morel on or off the field, a really good sign with a young ballplayer. Morel has a quick, compact swing and shows good gap-to-gap power.
He is able to stay inside the ball and drive it to the right-center field gap with authority. He isn’t a big home run hitter, but the team believes his doubles will eventually turn into more long balls, especially in the friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field.
Morel caught the attention of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen in 2008 while playing in A ball with Guillen’s youngest son, Ozney.
The eldest Guillen was so impressed by Morel that he went on the field after the game in his dress clothes and hit ground ball fungos to Morel at third base.
Morel has average speed at best and won’t be much of a threat on the basepaths. He will need to play better defense in order to stick in the White Sox lineup in 2011.
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2011 Analysis – Morel is going to win the White Sox starting 3B job barring a terrible spring training. He is a workman like prospect and not a high-ceiling type of guy but could have a nice season in Chicago if he can remain in the starting lineup all season.
The White Sox are loaded offensively, and Morel should be able to make a positive dent in the fantasy 3B rankings by just getting on base and letting the big boppers knock him in.
There should also be plenty of opportunities for Morel to hit with runners in scoring position, something he excelled at in the minor leagues. He is worth a look in AL-only leagues as a behind-the-scenes steady performer with solid upside in four categories.
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