Morrow Could Play an Integral Role on the 2021 Dodgers

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Like every spring training, the Los Angeles Dodgers have many non-roster invitees at Camelback Ranch, Glendale, Arizona. Sometimes, these non-roster invitees made a huge impact on the team as Justin Turner has on the Dodgers, but mostly, these non-roster invitees fade into history.

In 2021, the Dodgers have an intriguing non-roster invitee named Brandon Morrow. Morrow, 36, is a right-handed power reliever. In 2017, Morrow played an integral role on the Dodgers as they went to the World Series where the Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros, who cheated.

After the 2017 season, Morrow signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. During his time with the Cubs, Morrow had elbow problems, affecting his effectiveness, and the time he could pitch. Last July, the Cubs released Morrow.

When the Dodgers lost right-handed Pedro Báez to the Houston Astros via free agency, the team is searching for a good middle-inning reliever to replace Báez. If healthy, Morrow is one of the most dominating relievers in the game. His velocity ranges from 92- to 100-miles-per-hour. His fastball has a real sinking action, preventing the opposing hitters from blasting home runs. His slider helps him to pile up strikeouts.

If Morrow’s elbow is healthy, he could again play an integral role on the Dodgers as they try to repeat as world champions. Since the 1999 and 2000 New York Yankees, no team has repeated as world champions. The Dodgers have an uphill battle, and they need a powerful pitching staff to have a chance of repeating.

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