The rise and fall of 10 former Blue Jays
May 2, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (21) pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
6. Brandon Morrow – San Diego Padres
I’m not ashamed to say that I loved Morrow while he was in Toronto. He had some of the best pure stuff I’ve ever seen. When that guy was on, no hitter could touch him. I remember his start against Tampa Bay in August 2010, when he was one out away from a no-hitter before Evan Longoria singled. Instead, he settled for an incredible performance of a complete game shutout with 17 (!!??) strikeouts. That start was a candidate for MLB.com’s ‘Performance of the Year’. I’m not sure what performance won, but this one was pretty amazing.
Anyway, I supported Toronto’s decision to let Morrow walk because the risk was too much. He was hurt way too often. Sure enough, five good starts into the year, he went down with a shoulder injury and has been on the disabled list since May 3.
But his five starts were quite good:
Morrow is set to make a rehab start Tuesday so hopefully he can be back on track soon but with a month lost to injury already, it’s probably a good thing the Jays didn’t take the risk of signing him again.
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