Christopher Morel Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 140 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/24/1999 (24)
Christopher Morel Season Stats
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Christopher Morel News
Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said that outfielder Christopher Morel is playing first base in winter ball and is likely to stay there heading into next season. Morel broke out in his second major-league season in 2023 with a .247/.313/.508 slash line, an .821 OPS, 26 home runs, 17 doubles, three triples, 70 RBI, six stolen bases and 62 runs scored for the Cubbies in 107 games played and could be a regular option for Chicago at the cold corner in 2024. The 24-year-old was used mostly at designated hitter in the second half of last season. He has the propensity to be streaky at the plate -- he has a 31.6 percent strikeout rate and only an 8.7 percent walk rate in his first two MLB seasons -- but there's no arguing with his raw power. Morel would only become more attractive in fantasy if he adds first-base eligibility next year.
Chicago Cubs infielder Christopher Morel is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year-old will hit the bench for what appears to be a routine rest day. Morel is in the middle of a 3-for-26 slump at the plate, so it's not shocking to see the Cubs giving him the day off. Jeimer Candelario (back) will make his return and play first base, while Miles Mastrobuoni covers third base versus right-hander Darius Vines on Wednesday.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Christopher Morel will start on the bench again on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-handed-hitting Mike Tauchman will start in right field and will hit ninth for the Cubs against Pirates left-hander Rob Zastryzny. Seiya Suzuki is serving as the designated hitter and is batting fifth. Morel is sitting for the second straight game while struggling in the month of August, going 9-for-66 (.136) with three home runs, three doubles, 11 RBI, 26 strikeouts and five runs scored in 19 games (17 starts). The 24-year-old has provided nice power in deeper leagues with 19 home runs and 60 RBI in only 82 games in his second year in the big leagues, but he's a streaky and inconsistent hitter as well.
Chicago Cubs' utilityman Christopher Morel exceeded expectations during his rookie campaign in 2022. Signed by Chicago as an international free agent in 2015, the 23-year-old made his debut with the club in May. Brought on as a pinch-hitter for Patrick Wisdom in the eighth inning, Morel hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, which capped off a 7-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was only up from there for Morel, who ended the year with 16 dingers and 47 RBI. He logged a .308 OBP and .741 OPS, along with 10 stolen bags and 38 walks. His performance eventually earned him a spot in the Cubs' everyday lineup, where he primarily played centerfield but appeared at 2B, 3B, SS, and even LF. One aspect of Morel's game that he really struggled with was the strikeout. He struck out 137 times, ranking in the fourth percentile in K% and first in Whiff%. An encouraging sign, however, was his ranking in the 88th percentile in Max Exit Velocity and 91st in Barrel %. ATC projects Morel's sophomore season to look something like this: .233/.300/.414, 16 HR, 51 RBI, 54 R, 11 SB. His ADP of 241 is just, but the Dominican outfielder could surprise some people in his second year. Morel is definitely someone to keep an eye on and should provide solid fantasy value at his current ADP.