Charlie Morton, Starting Pitcher, Houston Astros, #50
Date of Birth: 11/12/1983
Birthplace: Flemington, New Jersey
Current Salary: $7,000,000
Charlie Morton, starting pitcher for the Houston Astros, was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2002. After more than seven years in the minor leagues, he made his first appearance with the Braves in 2008, playing in 16 games with them that season. The following June, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2009, his first season with the Pirates, Morton pitched 97.0 innings in 18 games and he finished the season with a 5-9 record and a 4.55 ERA. The following season, he was part of the Pirates' starting rotation but he played in just 17 games due to injuries.
Morton finally had a full, healthy season in 2011. That year, he pitched 171.2 innings in 29 games and he finished with a 10-10 record and a 3.83 ERA.
Morton had hip surgery in October 2011. The following June, after pitching in 9 games with the Pirates, he had Tommy John surgery that ended the season for him. In 2013, he pitched 116.0 innings in 20 games and he finished with a 7-4 record and a 3.26 ERA.
In December, 2013, Morton signed a three-year contract with the Pirates. He finished the 2014 season with 157.1 innings pitched in 26 games. He had a 6-12 record with 126 strikeouts to 57 walks and a 3.72 ERA.
Morton started the 2015 season on the DL with hip inflammation. He finished the season with a 9-9 record, 96 strikeouts to 41 walks, and a 4.81 ERA in 129.0 innings in 23 games.
Morton was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 12, 2015. He missed most of the 2016 season with a torn hamstring. He pitched just 17.1 innings in four games with the Phillies prior to his injury.
Morton signed a two-year contract with the Astros on November 16, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Morton through 2016 include:
- 162 games played
- 893.0 innings pitched
- 46-71 win-loss record
- 630 strikeouts to 337 walks
- 4.54 ERA